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post #1 of 4 Old 07-21-2015, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Question Lowering front end

I just bought a 99 KLR650. It is a bit tall for me so I ordered some dog bones to get my feet flat on the ground. I cannot find any lowering springs on the internet. A few outfits told me to find a good serviceman who could do front end custom work. Is this my only choice and is there something I could do myself? I have a shop and am fairly handy. Thanks for any help.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-21-2015, 11:05 AM
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I don't know how/where you are going to use your bike. Or how heavy of rider you are. But a lot of people slide the front forks UP thru the clamps an inch or two.
If you do so, I'd recommend to be quite careful off highway and even in-city water dips and drive-ways. If the front tire makes hard contact with the under side of the front fender, you can just imagine how quickly one could crash. Some people never have a problem, others need to add stiffer fork springs to keep off of the front fender.

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I am 5ft 10in and 185lb. The man I bought it from is 6ft 4in and 250lb. He said he had it raised. The tire is about 10in from the fender. Mostly street with some dirt and back roads. No bush riding. I have a yamaha 200 for that.
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-21-2015, 02:20 PM
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The 1987-2007 KLR650's have 9 inches of possible suspension travel, so the caution of Lowering the front-end, by sliding the forks Up.

Works very well, for many people. But must be more cautious.

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