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post #1 of 22 Old 12-04-2012, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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EM Fork Brace or Progressive Springs?

Hey all,
Getting ready for my next upgrade on the front suspension. Debating between Progressive Springs or an EM fork brace and am interested in hearing opinions on both.

I ride 90/10 street to dirt with a lot of slab and higher speed. Tired of the dive when braking and am starting to feel the front wheel slipping on higher speed cornering. I don't expect my KLR to handle like a sport but would like some better traction. Thanks all!


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Hey all,
Getting ready for my next upgrade on the front suspension. Debating between Progressive Springs or an EM fork brace and am interested in hearing opinions on both.

I ride 90/10 street to dirt with a lot of slab and higher speed. Tired of the dive when braking and am starting to feel the front wheel slipping on higher speed cornering. I don't expect my KLR to handle like a sport but would like some better traction. Thanks all!


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I replaced the OEM fluid (ATF) with 15 weight fork oil and raised the level a bit. That stopped the fork/brake dive but the forks did loose some intial suppleness as a result.

I haven't noticed the forks flexing and I've cranked it over pretty hard in turns. A fork brace could only improve things though I would think.

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post #3 of 22 Old 12-06-2012, 11:14 AM
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If you can do the Progressive springs and the Ricor valves, it stops the dive and maintains the suppleness over the bumps and stays planted on the bigger bumps.

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Can't do both...At least Not now. Would be sleeping in the garage. Springs by themselves the biggest bang for the buck then?


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post #5 of 22 Old 12-07-2012, 10:51 PM
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Yes, the springs are the biggest bang for the buck.

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2009 KLR650: Richor & Progressive W/Amsoil 5wt in front, Progressive 465 RAP out back, Mosfet R/R, SW Motech crash bars and skid plate, Shinko 705's, Kaoko throttle lock, KLX Needle, LEXX muffler, EM Doo Hickey & torsion spring, exhaust cam advanced 7.5deg, Amsoil 10W/40.

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I think I paid about $85 shipped off of ebay for the springs and about $135 from a vendor for the valves, the valves were a really great deal since they normally sell on sale for about $180 so keep an eye peeled for a vendor with them on sale when you get ready to buy.

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Thank you for the info on the springs and valves Kent. Much appreciated! I think I'm going to go for the springs as well as change out the oil as Spec suggested.


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Hi AcrticKLR
I've done the EM fork brace but not the springs yet. The fork brace prevents the front front wheel from pulling to the left under hard braking and I think that it reduced front end diving.
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I've done the EM fork brace but not the springs yet. The fork brace prevents the front front wheel from pulling to the left under hard braking and I think that it reduced front end diving.
Thanks Tango, good to know, I'm flipping between the two, done other research as well, and now I can't decide which. Guess I'm going to have to save up and do both! :-) definitely switching out oil like Spec suggested as well.


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I'd be leaning towards the fork brace over the springs. You can increase the spring rate or make them stiffer by adding some length to the spring spacers.
I have both and I still increased the spacer length.....I like a stiffer ride so to speak..
Hope this helps.....

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