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post #1 of 4 Old 04-22-2008, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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fork brace

How much of a change did you notice when you installed one?
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-28-2008, 12:13 AM
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I was told by several guys how much the brace would change the feel of my KLR .I did't feel any change in the the way the bike rides after installing one.
I have 2500$ in after market parts on my bike and the brace is one on those parts that's value is iffy
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-28-2008, 07:49 AM
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It depends on how hard you ride the bike, really.. I noticed a big difference in how solid the front end of my bike felt before I got 1 block from my house.
I ride corners pretty hard (even slow ones) and felt (and enjoyed) the difference right away..
Even more, I noticed it the first time I was riding off road, and the front end didn't deflect off of every bump, unless it was a big bump..

Is a brace needed? No, you can live without one, but I know I'd never take mine off, due to better handling on the front end of my bike.

The brace and Progressive springs, along with 7.5 weight oil have the front end of my KLR almost as good as the back end, which has a MOAB shock, built for my weight and riding style.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-28-2008, 10:17 PM
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KLRs get a little squirrely in gusty wind at highway speed, and my fork brace definitely helped stabilize that.
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