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post #1 of 12 Old 09-07-2015, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Front Spring Recommendations

I've installed EM RL1 raising links on my 2009, and they've really helped with loads, including my 250 pounds.

Also installed longer spacers in the front to try and match the rear. The spacers really helped with fork dive, and stiffened the ride.

Would I gain anything from different fork springs? Would progressive springs make fork dive worse because of the soft initial spring?
Would straight rate springs offer anything better than my spacers?

I've been riding this bike 2 years, and have slowly added accessories to make it fit me, but have never really worked on suspension before. Any help would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-12-2015, 04:19 PM
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I installed Progressive springs several years ago in my '09 and have felt they've been excellent. Hated that dive!
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post #3 of 12 Old 09-12-2015, 07:44 PM
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KLRinDixie, if you're ever in the Asheville, NC, area, I commend to you Cogent Suspensions.

I spent a couple of days there last year as my riding partners had their KLR suspensions optimized. Most impressive technical competence and custom suspension tuning advice, IMHO.

And . . . I got to watch a shock absorber dynamometer in action! (Digital records of each Cogent shock's performance data are maintained for analysis and rebuild baseline information.)

Customer-centered, I believe Cogent Suspensions would give you straight and valid recommendations from which to choose, consistent with your purpose, riding style and environment.
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KLRinDixie, if you're ever in the Asheville, NC, area, I commend to you Cogent Suspensions.

I spent a couple of days there last year as my riding partners had their KLR suspensions optimized. Most impressive technical competence and custom suspension tuning advice, IMHO.

And . . . I got to watch a shock absorber dynamometer in action! (Digital records of each Cogent shock's performance data are maintained for analysis and rebuild baseline information.)

Customer-centered, I believe Cogent Suspensions would give you straight and valid recommendations from which to choose, consistent with your purpose, riding style and environment.
Thanks for the tip!

I mostly ride on the street now; got too much metal in my spine from being stupid in my younger days. Most of my off road consists of gravel roads, and two rut, but I will do a single track occasionally.
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I installed Progressive springs several years ago in my '09 and have felt they've been excellent. Hated that dive!
Did they reduce the fork dive? I'm worried about the soft initial travel of Progressives.
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post #6 of 12 Old 11-13-2015, 04:28 PM
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I recently installed the Ricor Intiminators on my 2011 KLR and love how they feel on and off road.
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I recently installed the Ricor Intiminators on my 2011 KLR and love how they feel on and off road.
Did the install of the Intiminators require any adjustment to the length of the fork springs?
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post #8 of 12 Old 11-14-2015, 11:12 AM
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the progressive springs are a budget bandaid; the best fix for the KLRs budget front suspension is Cogent DDCs with their dual rate springs....other options are RT emulators (almost as good but harder to install) or Ricor Intiminators (easy install, not quite as compliant, especially offroad).

whatever you do, make sure you set up race sag for your weight and load

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I made no adjustments for the spring, but I cut off 5/8 on an inch on the spacers.
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the progressive springs are a budget bandaid; the best fix for the KLRs budget front suspension is Cogent DDCs with their dual rate springs....other options are RT emulators (almost as good but harder to install) or Ricor Intiminators (easy install, not quite as compliant, especially offroad).

whatever you do, make sure you set up race sag for your weight and load

Dave
Looking over the owner’s manual, it appears that there’s only a preload adjustment on the rear. How does one get the static sag set on the front?
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