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post #1 of 9 Old 05-16-2013, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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250lber needs suspension advice on a KLR budget.

Well just as the Title speaks I am a heafty 250lber and 6'4 and in dire need of some suspension work. Only problem is I don't have $500-1000 to throw at Cognet Dynamic suspension. So basically am I SOL or is there any cheaper way to go about this. Bike is bone stock at the moment but am getting ready to order up a Doo Kit, and the largest raising link I can find which I believe is a 1". Problem with that is I am already having issues with my Seat Concepts seat with sliding forward. I bought the Tall foam from Seat concepts but so far it's been no good. I like the seat but I can't stay back in it. Soon as I sit down I start sliding forward. I am thinking this raising link is gonna make matters worse. Right now I don't think the seat is the issue I think it's my front suspension is taking a dive when I sit on it. So any of you KLR masters have any ideas on how I can improve my suspension on my 2011?
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-16-2013, 06:05 PM
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Search out the TopGun springs and buy the heaviest one they sell. Then extend the front fork spacers by at least an inch. Also buy handle bar risers to get you sitting up straight, 1 1/2" are a good hieght.

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post #3 of 9 Old 05-16-2013, 06:09 PM
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im 230 and dont have a problem. have you tried setting the rear shock to 5?? Cheap bastard had his on five and we knowticed his rear end was lower than mine, making his bike a little bit shorter. maybe having the rear end down a little bit would help? did you try the walmart atv seat cover ontop of the stock seat? love that thing, cheap gave me his (passed the torch) i think he got it from someone on here, and when i am done with it i will hand it down to someone, but i dont think that will happen anytime soon!!
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OR listen to WILLY!!! lol
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Thanks for the replies. I am going to have to check into getting some heavier duty springs first off it looks like. Thanks for the info..
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I top out with gear at around 290 and have the stock suspension with 1" raising links, rear shock set at 5. I would say you are correct in your thinking that raising links will make you slide forward down your seat more as they do give the bike more of an ass-end-up, nose-down attitude.



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post #7 of 9 Old 05-17-2013, 07:54 AM
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I am 6'5" and 280 lbs. I changed out the stock spring to the heaviest Topgun spring available a couple of years ago (Gen 1 bike). It made a good difference in the rear sag....shock is set at 5.

I just completed the install of the progressive springs in the front forks and WOW what a difference! The bike overall sits much higher than before and the difference is more noticable than when I upgraded the rear spring. The 'spongy-ness' of hte front suspension is gone too...a nice change! Change the stock spring and you will enjoy the difference.


Also, I have eagle mike's handlebar risers, 1" raising links, footpeg lowering brackets and a huge smile every time I get on.

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I am 6'5" and 280 lbs. I changed out the stock spring to the heaviest Topgun spring available a couple of years ago (Gen 1 bike). It made a good difference in the rear sag....shock is set at 5.

Also, I have eagle mike's handlebar risers, 1" raising links, footpeg lowering brackets and a huge smile every time I get on.
That TopGun rear shock spring is the only mod I've got planned. I don't have an issue with the front suspension since I'm not the type to push it to its limits.

Other than that, Lizardrider, we have the same ergonomic changes with the links, 1" bar risers and peg-lowering brackets. At my size, makes for a very good "fit," don't feel so "hunched up" anymore and riding longer distances is much more comfortable.

lacofdfireman, I guess they don't qualify as "suspension," but if you're interested in them, remember that standard, solid block-type handlebar risers are also going to move your handlebars back quite aways. For me at least, they kind of suck when riding standing on the pegs.




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Problem with that is I am already having issues with my Seat Concepts seat with sliding forward. I bought the Tall foam from Seat concepts but so far it's been no good. I like the seat but I can't stay back in it. Soon as I sit down I start sliding forward.
stop Armor All'n the seat

i'm following along on this one.
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