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post #1 of 5 Old 07-03-2007, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on improvements needed

Had my bike a little less than a month and have some more questions for the experts.

#1. I am a big guy 290lbs and when I want to stop quick the front end dips a lot. Guess the momentum from my body gets transferred through my arms and into the handlebar and then into the forks. I have heard progressive springs mentioned. How hard is it to replace front springs? Can anyone suggest a site that has reasonable prices?

#2. My size 13 is just having a lot of trouble getting under the shifter. I know a guy on here is going to sell some when he gets 20 orders, but I don't plan to wait 2-3 months while he waits to get them. Who currently offers lowering brackets for my bike?

I have a 2007 klr 650 but I don't guess that matters much. Based on the posts that I've read, they have not realy changed these bikes in a lonnnggggg time.

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-03-2007, 09:29 PM
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Hey Haus,
I have an 07 and just put the progressive front springs in my forks and also bought a set of dog bones to raise the rear an inch. Believe it or not I outweigh you, and these additions have made all the difference in how the bike handles and rides. I bought the springs from klr650.com, they had the best price of any I have been able to find. I got the dog bones off of Ebay. To do both took me all of one hour. To replace the springs, raise the bike up off the ground using a lift or center stand if your bike has one. Then loosen up the upper triple tree clamps on both sides, then remove the spring caps, being careful as there is a slight amount of pressure on them from the spring, but nothing real bad. Remove the metal spacer, then take an adjustable mechanics magnet and remove the spring washer sitting on top of the spring, then using the same magnet, remove the spring. Use a towel or sheet and cover your tank, to keep from getting it scratched and fluid dripping on it. Now install the new springs according to the instructions, then replace the spring washer, making sure it goes in the same way it came out, magnet helps here again, then install the new spacers that came with the springs, or do as I did and cut 'one' of your originals in two, and grind them down so that they are about 1/2 inch longer than the new spacers, this gives us big guys a lil more compression on the springs, stiffening the front just that little bit more. Replace the caps, "don't cross thread them". Retighten the triple tree clamps, 'don't over tighten, just real good and snug. As for the dog bones, the bike is still raised, the rear tire off of the ground, remove the two bolts that hold the bones, I use an electric impact on the nuts and they come right off, slightly raise the rear tire with a board or crow bar to remove pressure on bolts, allowing them to slide out, at this point it would be prudent to remove the bearing sleeves one for the upper and one for the lower and grease the needle bearings real good, factory barely puts any grease in there. Slide the sleeves back in, then bolts thru the new bones, you will have to raise the tire a lil bit more to get the bolts to align up with the holes. Tighten nuts, lower bike and test ride it and enjoy the feel of a much firmer suspension. I keep my rear spring setting on 3 and the rebound on 2. We just did this exact thing to my buddies 05 this afternoon. The difference in the bike was significant. Hope this helps.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-03-2007, 09:46 PM
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Forgot to add, I think eaglemike sells some dog bones that will give you an inch or so of height increase. I have a hard time rembering what everyone has available for these bikes, but that is the kewl thing about them, there is so much aftermarket stuff out there, you can customize the bike specifically for your needs and fit.

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-04-2007, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice on the springs. As for the dog bones, I'm only 6ft and its plenty high right now. I am not real tall, just round, lol.

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-04-2007, 08:58 AM
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I am only 5' 10" .

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