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post #1 of 14 Old 05-12-2016, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Increasing the ride height.

Yes you heard me right LOL. I have an 2008 KLR 650. It is my understanding that that is the first year that they lowered the ride height. I can easily stand on the bike with both feet flat on the ground as I am quite large. What I want to know is if I buy some original dog bones that someone took off of there 07 or earlier KLR 650 to put a lowering kit on can I put these on my 08 and raise the ride height back to where it should be in my opinion. Would there be any problems doing this? I would like to gain a little more ground clearance whenever I am off road.
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You will need to buy both the dog bones and the link from a 2007 or earlier KLR650. It's easy enough to do and the parts aren't expensive. That will change the geometry of the rear end, giving you some lift.

You could also try raising links but links alone affect the geometry, effectively making the shock softer.

I did this on my '09. I also had Rick at Cogent build a longer shock for me.

Raising the front end is more difficult; about the only thing you can do is put in some stiffer springs and/or longer spacers. Sure would be nice if someone made some fork extensions.

Of course, the front to rear geometry of the bike is going to change, making the head angle a bit steeper. I have not found that it is anything to worry about.

I don't know if this measurement means diddly squat, but my bike is sitting right at 10" under the frame at the foot peg bracket.



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"Increasing the ride height."

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Good post Tom, except Raising Links are shorter than stock and STIFFEN the effective shock spring and dampening rates by decreasing leverage on the shock......opposite of the lowering links.

The problem with just raising the rear is you are going to have a steeper head angle ('cause the '08 forks are 7.8" instead of the Gen1's 9.1"). As you mention, this may not cause a problem, but I'd want the front and rear travel to match fairly closely myself.

Options;

- Put in a Gen1 link and matching dogbones and have your Gen2 forks modified to Gen1 travel.....a couple of people have had it done. Best of both worlds; Gen1 travel and the slightly larger Gen2 forks (41mm vs. 39mm). If you go to all this trouble you might as well replace the shock with a decent one (Cogent Moab or Adventure is my recommendation) as well as adding DDC's to the forks) . If you want to know more about extending your Gen2 forks, PM me and I'll give you some contact info from somebody that's done some.

- You could have Cogent build you a shock with longer travel that retains the stock Gen2 linkage.....if you are thinking of a better shock anyways then this saves time + effort. Still have the same front end issues to think about.

- Also up front, the $$$$'s option is to use Emig Racings custom KLR triple clamps and go with KX450F forks.....which should be re-sprung and re-valved to suit the KLR. Honestly, this is cool but has a host of other issues including steering stops, retention of stock gauges, you need the KXF wheel which has a smaller axle, wheel bearings, etc. The Cogent goodies give you 90% of the improvement at 25% of the price and the rest of the KLR isn't up to the capabilities of the KXF forks anyhow......soar like and eagle and land like a grand piano! ;-)

Give Rick or Todd at Cogent a call; they've dealt with this exact scenario many times and are happy to give you their professional opinion with no pressure or bias. Cogent Dynamics - USA Made Motorcycle Suspension



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Also, make sure that no matter what suspension you have, you need to set sag properly. Read; Suspension and Springs


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...except Raising Links are shorter than stock and STIFFEN the effective shock spring and dampening rates by decreasing leverage on the shock....
You're right, of course! Raising links will stiffen the shock. Duh! My bad...

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...have your Gen2 forks modified to Gen1 travel.....a couple of people have had it done. Best of both worlds; Gen1 travel and the slightly larger Gen2 forks (41mm vs. 39mm)...
I'd like more info on this! Do you have the short version? Do the Cogent drop-ins do this? I've been interested in them but haven't done any research.

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I'd like more info on this! Do you have the short version? Do the Cogent drop-ins do this? I've been interested in them but haven't done any research.

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No, the DDC's don't help with travel. I'll contact my guy and see what info I can pass on.

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Thanks for the info everyone. All I'm really looking for is to just raise the back end up just a Scosche. Stiffening of the spring would be a plus because I am not only big I am heavy. I don't really need any more travel I don't get too crazy off road. Unless you consider Trail breaking mountain ridges and riding in 6 inches of snow crazy LOL. It might be crazy but I'm doing it at a reasonable pace.
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Okay here's my theory that correct me if I'm wrong. 07 and earlier dog bones are shorter. If I put them on my 08 and change nothing else I will slightly raise the ride height in the back and stiffen up the spring to some degree through the leverage involved in the linkage. But since I am quite heavy when I sit on it it will probably ride more level than it does now. Anyone see the flaw in my logic?
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