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post #1 of 17 Old 08-21-2012, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Lowering KLR 650

Should I use the lowering kit dog bones, or go for a lower shock?

87-07 KAWASAKI KLR650: Progressive 465 Series Single Shock - 1" Lower
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post #2 of 17 Old 08-21-2012, 06:47 PM
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Hmmm...I was going to try to talk you out of lowering it....

Sorry, I don't know much about lowering bikes. I do know a lot of people do it and regret it. Can you get your toes down? It is important to be safe, so lower it if you need to...someone will be along to be actually helpful.




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post #5 of 17 Old 08-21-2012, 07:17 PM
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My 2011 was already lowered when I bought it. ( Link in back and forks lowered about 1. )
Im 5 11 with 30 inseam.

I find it handles off road ok . However, I'm not into hard stuff like some younger guys.
( No jumping and fast going over rough ground. )
I can get my feet down enough to be manageable in the rough, if it's not too bad.
Im also flat footed on pavement.
I did have about 2" taken off the rear part of seat. It is mostly flat front to back.
I then added a padded removable cover for comfort, which raises it back up almost same amount.
I havent noticed any bad handling on pavement.

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Iam on my toes, would like to be flat footed
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post #7 of 17 Old 08-22-2012, 12:39 AM
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am over 6',,,have two gen1 klrs
one lowered,, one raised 1'' =both w/dog bones (so far !)

if not off-roading much= lowering will make bike handle better ,easyer to get on/off of, etc..

as my lowered klr (2''est) does run 20/80street tire, is great in the curves !! also pretty good on forest gravel roads ..

would not recomend raiseing the klr 1''...= it runs full knobbies-least 50/50 at times,,,but is great on road ,will not bottom out while off-road,, will not get stuck on down trees (once rideing behind some xr's that where!!!) but get the bike stopped,,an leaning too much/the wrong way,,,over it will go!! is a pain to move ,when off of th bike = in garage..

so if worried about losing ground clearance -yes lowering shock -is the way to go !! =about some $500+ for new lower shock depends on brand..

or just set of dog bones (but does lower ,th whole frame) =$40

if stock type shock is in good shape ,,not many miles/abused = get the bones..
if have the dough,,-an don't want to lose ground clearance-,, get the shock !?!?!?

or could get ,, stock shock rebuilt (raised/lowered) with new spring weight .. and a set dog bones (est $500-)!!!!????.....

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I do precision sheet metal and burned out 3 different sets for different situations.
Its all preference.
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post #9 of 17 Old 08-22-2012, 10:35 PM
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I lowered mine 1-1/2" in the rear(dog bones), and about 7/8" on the front (fork tubes). Much better as I am not tweeking my hips and lower back so much getting my feet down at stops around town. Great for getting used to the bike, but....
Lowering the rear also changes the leverage against the shock. I imediately got a lot more sag. Soemthing to keep in mind especially if intenteding to add heavy luggage as I am.
The stocker seat is absolutley lame (read sucks). I intend to try a Seat Concepts low seat and raise my ride back up to stock and add some rear end preload and dampind.
I am 5' 10" but with shortish legs so the stock seat and bones were too tall for around town. Drop me 2" on the seat and raise the bike back up and I'll hope to be happy. The side-stand is also an issue. cut it too short and she'll tip over, too tall and goes over the other way, get it?
I intend to add a larger foot to the side-stand, with a bend up, and a gusset to strengthen it some for when I get luggage piled on. I also carry a plywood soft sand foot to put under the stand.
Hope that helps, but I can say the bike hadles well lowered, but it does seem pretty squishy in the rear even with the preload cranked up to the 3 or 4 position.
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post #10 of 17 Old 08-27-2012, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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I will try the Progressive Shock -1" lower, I will give update when it is installed.
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