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post #1 of 5 Old 04-21-2014, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Red face removing lowering kit ?'s

My new to me 2008 KLR650 has a lowering kit installed and I need to remove it. I am a half/ass backyard mechanic that likes DIY. But, I thought I would ask here if it will require any specialty tools to remove this lowering kit? I don't know what type it is. the PO said it was just 2 bars with holes on each end and he pointed to the lower rear section of the bike. PO said he would give me the original mounts.
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-21-2014, 11:04 PM
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Hello and welcome to the forum!

Piece of cake to remove! If he gives you the stock links all you have to do is lift the bike up (quick jack or bike jack) and then remove the two bolts holding the lowering links on and replace the links with the originals. Nothing to it.

And if he's dropped the front end (fork tubes slid up and protruding above top triple clamp) all you have to do is get the front end lifted and then loosen the triple clamp tube pinch bolts (4 on each side? I can't rembember...) and push the tubes back through the top triple clamp until the tops of the tubes are flush with the top of the triple clamp. Retighten the pinch bolts and your almost done. Only other thing you might have to do is loosen the screws that hold the fork tube gaiters on and slide them back up the fork tubes and retighten the screws. Think I had to unbolt my front fender for that.

Sounds like a bit of stuff to do, but it only takes about a half hour when you get the bike lifted up. Make sure it's stable though, it'll hurt if it falls on you!

Enjoy the new to you KLR, great bikes!

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Oh, and forgot to say, if the previous owner shortened the kickstand you'll have to make sure the bike doesn't lean too far over when it's raised back up. Mine was fine though, I left it with the shorter stand. No special tools required for anything unless you have to weld a chunk back into your kickstand.

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Sounds easy enough

Thanks,
I'll just have to dive in. I'm sure I can go slow and get the hang of working on the KLR, but it is sure great to read what others say and do. Thanks for the reply.
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