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post #1 of 6 Old 01-29-2015, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Lowering Links

Does anyone know what length center to center of bolt holes or either how to figure that out to lower the KLR 1 1/2" to 2" at the seat height? This thing is too tall for me to safely ride. Thanks for any help that anyone can give me.
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-29-2015, 01:20 PM
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Just buy them. You can find them on e-bay.

Happy Trails has a set that do a 1" drop, but they are three times the price.

Make sure you get links for a Gen 1 for your '06. Gen 2 suspension is different and the links are not the same.


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post #3 of 6 Old 01-29-2015, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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I know, but where's the fun in that. I'm a Machinist, we just love making things.......lol. I found some typical measurements for 1", 1 1/2", and 2" drop.
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Keep in mind that 0.5 / 1.0 / 1.5 / 2.0 inch lowering links refer to 'static height' drop measured at the rear rack!

A 2 inch drop height is more like a 5 INCH drop with a 250 lb+ rider on the saddle! The links adversely effect the suspension linkage geometry.

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post #5 of 6 Old 01-29-2015, 11:51 PM
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Had the numbers somewhere but can't find. Simple way is to put a lift under the bike, remove the lower link bolt, then drop the bike by the amount you want then measure. You can make several lengths then see which you prefer. FWIW, shaving the seat foam is a much better solution. Lowering links make the rear suspension softer and decrease ground clearance. I took them off my previous bike and shaved 1-1/4" off the seat foam. IME, people are much happier with that solution.
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-30-2015, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Well after careful consideration I have decided to shave the seat or either get the seat kit from seat concepts. After taking some measurements of the links that are on there I suspect it may already have a 1" or 1 1/2" lowering link on already. We shall see.
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