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post #1 of 4 Old 11-06-2011, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Guys need some help

I need some info on how to change the spring on the rear shock. Im a big guy with a 29 inch inseam. New 2011 KLR 620, she is tall. I have 2 inch lowering links and will have the seat lowered this thursday. I have the shock spring for my weight and want to install it. I want to know how before I start. I have seen where you can lower the bike by the forks in the tripple tree, is this correct. 90% will be rideing on pavement and some dirt roads.

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-06-2011, 10:49 PM
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Troy -

Pretty good write-up here: http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.p...2080#post82080.

Yes, you can, and should, lower the front end of the bike if you lower the back end. That's done by sliding the fork tubes up the triple tree.


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post #3 of 4 Old 11-08-2011, 06:05 PM
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Here is my take on suspension for vertically challenged security sized guys. Lowering links will just not cut it for anyone over 200lbs. The lowering links simply softens the already soft suspension so that it sags more and is lower to the ground. If a lower seat does not put you low enough then you should really consider a shortened shock which will be properly sprung for your weight. Try Cogent Dynamics for a custom shock. Combining lowering links and a stiffer spring essentially cancel each other out.
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-08-2011, 06:32 PM
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I'm not sure where you are located, but if you're in Northern CA, ride into Corbin and get their dual platform seat custom made. I'm not that big of a guy, and with a 30" inseam the dual platform seat gets me close enough to the ground (no lowering links). The more you ride the bike the more comfortable you will get with only being able to get 1 foot flat on the ground.

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New 2011 KLR 620, she is tall.
I'm not sure if the seat height is higher on the KLR 620's than it is on the KLR 650's. Where'd you even find a 620?

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