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post #1 of 17 Old 02-09-2008, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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2008 klr650 400 pound rider what can I do (other than diet :) for a more level ride?

Will upping preload setting on rear shock help? Any suggestions would be great thank you
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post #2 of 17 Old 02-09-2008, 08:13 AM
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I'm not familiar with the 08' suspension but...

Upping the preload will help a great deal on the rear end, and I'm not sure, but I'd think a set of Progressive fork springs will help in the front.

If you can't get the rear to where you want it, you might need to go with an aftermarket rear shock. Most of them will spring it to your weight for no extra charge, too.

I'm far from a small rider and I went with the Progressive fork springs and Progressive rear shock. The rear shock is harsh for normal riding but when I'm playing off road it's just fine.. If I had to do it over again I would have gone with a Works Performance shock though..
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I have the same issue tine, I added one inch rise dog bones for the rear shock and installed progressive front springs in the front, and then took the stock spring spacers and cut them a 1/2 inch longer than the spacers that came with the progressive springs and installed them. I sit just as level as my 240 pound buddy with the exact same setup. I got the dog bones off of Ebay and the progressive front springs from www.klr650.com. Hope this helps you some.

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post #4 of 17 Old 03-05-2008, 03:18 PM
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We install the RACETECH GoldValve Cartridge Emulators kit with STRAIGHT rate springs selected for the rider's weight, in the forks.
We are developing a rear shock for the "08. that's why I bought an '08. Coming soon. In the meantime;
Preload does not make up for the wrong rate springs.
At 400# you definitely need more spring rate and damping if you want the bike to ride right.
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What did you end up using for your suspension mods. I myself am around 330 please let me know how it went.
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post #6 of 17 Old 06-24-2008, 11:37 AM
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I would think heavier springs and heavier fork oil (possibly even added oil to stiffen the "air spring").

To stiffen up the front end of my tiger, I added a heavier weight oil. With the stock springs it is fine for my weight (230). The shock on the Tiger had enough preload to get it where I wanted it.

I am a 99% street rider, so this worked for making my bike a little 'sportier.'

Physics are the same, so this could work. It is a cheaper option.

Kent's suggestion is similar to how I set up my sport bikes. Straight rate springs are how I have always done it. Never wetn with Cartridge emulators, but I have had front ends redone by KyleRacing, Thermosman Suspension, and BigValleyHonda. For my race bikes, I have been happy with the results and confident it was money well spent.

For the KLR - if being used for just fun riding, it may just be over kill.
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I am 6'3" 250 pds. I was very impressed with the the way my bike felt after put the 1" shorter dogbones on. Be warned it does raise up the bike.
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post #9 of 17 Old 12-11-2008, 04:59 PM
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2008 klr650 400 pound rider what can I do?

Tinezilla, or anyone else. Our other option for better suspension (other than custom re-valve and re-spring with RaceTech GoldValves) is this;
I have been developing shocks for the late model KLR650. and they are very good.
I have two Penske 8900e to fit 2008 and later KLR650, Normal retail for those is $615. I would fit the appropriate spring to it for your weight. And swap out alternate shock spring to your satisaction and comfort.
I am offering a group buy on these, to expire at 4pm tuesday Dec. 30th, 2008
They are each custom built, sprung for individual applications. Build time normally two wks.
Call me for price as I can't list it below the msrp.
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What is the max weight rating on the KLR?

All I know is the 1" riser made a world of difference on my 06'. But being 6'4" it also made me look normal on the bike. LOL

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