Yeah, a lower or modified seat is a better way as is taller boots......and just getting used to it. My son is 5'9" and rides a stock height Gen1.....but he's been riding and racing since he was 5 yrs old so it doesn't phase him much. My ex-wife also rode the KLR at 5' 4.5" tall but again, she was a four year offroad racing champion.
Many people get lowering links, realize that the already undersprung and underdamped suspension got worse......then they usually either swap the stock links back in or get a heavier spring......the ones that went with the heavier spring may or may not realize that the damping is now even worse, the ones that do either swap in the stock links or replace the shock. At least your 2017 has stiffer spring and damping rates to start with.