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post #1 of 7 Old 03-16-2007, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Lowering links, good or bad?

Just got an '06 KLR with 1000 miles on it Only problem I have is the seat is just too dang high for me. Will lowering links affect the ride and handling of the bike? I've read about all the necessary mods, frame bolts, doohickey, getting valves set and I plan on doing these, anything else I should be aware of? thanks guys!
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-16-2007, 05:39 AM
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If you put on lowering links, remember to lower the fork tubes, too. This helps keep the steering geometry where it should be.

You can install a shorter rear shock as an alternative.

A dished seat will help get your butt lower. Or you can uncover your stock seat, trim the foam down, and recover it.

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post #3 of 7 Old 03-16-2007, 08:35 AM
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Lowering links will take some away from your suspension travel. I lowered mine, I did the forks too, b ut moved the forks back. I also redid my seat to make it lower too.

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Try changing out the foam in the seat or a Corbin dish seat to make it easier to reach the ground. A number of guys have had problems with their suspension bottoming out with lowering links even on mild terrain.
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-08-2007, 11:21 PM
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I lowered mine when I first got it, but after ripping the tag off 3 times in one month, I got a corbin dished and put the stock links back on. As it is, I have a set of 1.5" lowering links I'm looking to get rid of.

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post #6 of 7 Old 04-14-2007, 10:39 AM
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Hmmm...I think it took me all of four minutes to raise the tag to a higher position under the taillight. Is there some reason why you didn't want to do it?
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-14-2007, 10:54 AM
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quite frankly I didn't think about that at the time, what I did think about was the simple fact I was bottoming the suspension with the lowering links installed, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize this isn't a good mod for someone who rides aggressively off road. I have moved the plate since and plan on moving it up further and removing the inner fender completely, maybe trying to fit a different type rear fender all together.

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