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post #1 of 7 Old 06-11-2008, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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Question Lowering links or lowering seat?

I am in the process of aquiring a 2005...
I would like to ask opinions of the vertically challenged out there.
what is best? Lowering suspension (lowering links and fork adjustment) or Lower aftermarket seat (Corbin dipped or dual level).

I am looking to hear from people that have done either... I am sure this has been gone over on this forum before.
as a KLR250 moving up to a KLR650 I would still like to touch the ground at least tip toes.

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-11-2008, 11:10 AM
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i got the corbin dished seat and sent it back the same day. i kept slidin around on the seat an crushin the jewels. i figured id just leave my bike stock height and just get used to it and for me im glad i did
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-11-2008, 11:14 AM
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My opinion: With any method of lowering the rear of the KLR, the forks should be shortened internally an appropriate amount to maintain good steering geometry. Otherwise you get a KLR chopper.
This is best done while instsalling a Goldvalve Cartridge Emulator Kit, and the right springs for your weight. Yes, you loose some ground clearance.
I have done this many times for my customers with outstanding results.
You get the ride heigth and improved suspension.

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post #4 of 7 Old 06-11-2008, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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I test drove the 2005 I am going to aquire... was really nervous about height... I think I can get by.
The 650 is insane compared to my 250!!! I can hardly contain myself as I wait My mind is planning all the mods
(now do I sell my 1995 250 to afford them?)
thanks for the replys
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-12-2008, 08:46 AM
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where are you, and how much do you want for the 250?
I haven't mod'd my 650 at all yet. sorry "farkled".
I have almost 2500 miles on it now and I enjoy it very much.
The first thing I will do is the suspension. Since that is how I make my living.
GMD Spec forks with gold valve emulators and springs. Not sure about the rear yet.

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'72 BMW R75/5 (Col. Klink),
'02 KTM 400 E/XC,
'05 ktm 125 sx (for sale)

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-13-2008, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Kent,

I am in Green Bay Wisconsin... and I don't know how much I want for the 250 yet.

My 650 deal has not been completed (argh).

I know I like the power of the 650 and not having to kick start...

I knew I should have ordered the 650 when I bought the 250 but it was my first New bike and thats what the dealer had (the 650 was months out and I saw the hieght spec back then and got scared... too bad for me.

years later I am kicking myself, I test drove someones 650 2005 and fell in love with it.

I am trading him a 2006 arctic cat atv but having communication trouble on the deal and I am getting nervous (he's several cities away and I just want the 650 now!!!

can't use the atv and I WANT TO USE THE 650 NOW!

well if my location is close let me know... the 250 may go.

It is the Barbie edition and other than a crappy idle right now looks very good for it's age.

Thanks A.C.
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-07-2008, 02:18 AM
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I too bought a Corbin seat and it took me two days to return it. It was lower but it forced your forward on the tank and it was hard as a rock. The stock seat was very uncomfortable after an hour of riding and I was looking to buying a gel seat but my friend Eric and I took his wifes bread knife and pealed back the cover and took off 1 1/2" of foam which flatend the seat and lowered it by 1 1/2". We stepped the seat and left the passanger section alone. We narrowed the front end which also made it easier to reach the ground. Now the seat is as comfortable as my BMW Rt seat. I did two back to back 600 mile days coming back from Wyoming and I was comfortable the entire trip. And the best part besides working great, it didn't cost a dime to do it.
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