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post #1 of 6 Old 08-06-2008, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Restoring Ride Height on Lowered 2006

Hello to everyone.

Yesterday I bought a 2006 KLR650 from a short man. He had "lowering
links" installed, and had the front fork tubes slid about 3" up in
the clamps. My main reason for buying this bike was the legroom, so
I'd like to restore the stock ride height. I am 6'3" with a 38"

I realize I'll have to buy a standard kickstand to replace the
shortened one on the bike, and of course I'll return the fork tubes
to their regular positions. It's returning the rear suspension to
stock form that has me puzzled.

The previous owner gave me a sack of parts, which he said came off
during the rear-lowering operation. This includes the two dogbones,
which were replaced by the kit items, and two semi-circular white
plastic bushings. He could not remember the purpose of the
bushings, or where they went.

So, can anyone point me to an illustrated disassembly procedure,
perhaps one for installation of the lowering kit, that might
give me a clue as to where these bushings go? Could they be preload
spacers in the shock?


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post #2 of 6 Old 08-06-2008, 07:53 PM
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I can't recall any plastic pieces for the dog bones. You just pull the two bolts, and remove the lowering links and install the OEM units, altho at 6'3" I think you would probably prefer the one inch raising links. I love mine, keeps the bike up at a normal riding stance when weight is added and you can keep the rear shock setting a little be softer than you normally would. You will need to use a jack to raise the bike up off the ground to remove any weight. Two people really come in handy when doing the link replacement.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-06-2008, 09:21 PM
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Yeah, I also have a 38" inseam and found that I needed to raise the bike above stock. Those plastic bushing things are probally the fork tube spacers. You should lift the forks tubes back up in the triple clamp and also re-install the plastic spacers. BTW, don't forget to adjust the headlamp. I "remembered" at the end of a long ride that got me home well after dark and that was a bad last 50 miles, at least on low beam.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-08-2008, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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I'll take a picture of the plastic bushings this afternoon, hopefully someone will recognize them and be able to tell me where they go.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-08-2008, 04:23 PM
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all I can say is that you 6'3" guys must be 80% legs...
I'm 6'2" and about 255#, and seated, my feet just will touch flat. barely. If I added an inch of seat height, I'd have to take a running jump to get on it...
This is me on it, just after picking it up from the P.O.

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-19-2009, 04:15 PM
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restoring ride height on lowered 2006

mr. Funkychateau, Good looking, the bike, I mean.
Looks clean. the bike, I mean.

While raising your bike back up to normal hgt, you may want to consider some more spring rate. The suspension will sag extra, making the bike sit closer to bottoming, reducing effective travel and ride height. Even if you are starting from normal hgt or even above it.
I would ask how much you weigh? May I venture a guess at 250lbs?
The oem springs seem about right for riders around 160#, at casual pace.
Front and rear springs of the correct rate will do more to make your bike 'fit' you than anything else you can do to it.

With proper springs under you, the bike may not need to have extra hgt above stock, but the firmer springs wont let the bike sag so deep under you making for a high-er ride. Plus all the wallowy-ness will be reduced, making for a much more controlled ride.
you may contact me for more info if you like.

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