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post #1 of 13 Old 03-19-2019, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Rear shock dimensions

I need the dimensions off a 650 shock. Length, and end dimensions. I want to replace the one on my 600.
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-22-2019, 11:47 PM
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i'm also looking for this information, gen 1 and gen 2. anybody?
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Hi Tom, i definitely saw that thread but is 40.5cm the gen 1 or the gen 2? What i am trying to find out is how much shorter is the gen 2 vs. the gen 1? THANKS!
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It was a Gen 2.

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post #6 of 13 Old 09-23-2019, 10:31 AM
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They are the same length. The Gen2's shorter suspension is due to the linkage differences, not the shock.

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The sides of the Lower mounting Clevis are a little thinner on the Gen 2 shock & therefore uses a shorter bolt. The Gen 2 oem shock Spring may be a stiffer rate than a oem Gen 1 spring.

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post #8 of 13 Old 09-23-2019, 01:21 PM
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What is going on is that I have a gen 2 shock in my gen 1 klr. I like it but I swear gen 1 is longer. I cant find any exact specs online though. Unfortunately I dont have a stock gen 1 shock to measure.

What I was going to do is calculate how much lower the rear sits with the gen 2 shock and then drop the fork in the triple tree to level it back to stock. If that makes sense.

I read someplace that the gen 1 is 50mm longer but it sounded shady, they used the words about and I think plentifully.
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What is going on is that I have a gen 2 shock in my gen 1 klr. I like it but I swear gen 1 is longer. I cant find any exact specs online though. Unfortunately I dont have a stock gen 1 shock to measure.

What I was going to do is calculate how much lower the rear sits with the gen 2 shock and then drop the fork in the triple tree to level it back to stock. If that makes sense.

I read someplace that the gen 1 is 50mm longer but it sounded shady, they used the words about and I think plentifully.
There is zero chance that the Gen1 shock is 50mm longer (I'm 99% sure it's identical. I have a spare Gen1 shock I could measure but it's in storage right now)......people in the know have been swapping them back and forth for years; you do need the right bottom bolt. There are minor differences between the Gen1 shock and 2008 - 2014 Gen2 shock, 2014.5+ Gen2 shocks have stiffer damping and springrates (approx 80% and 60%). While the length may be the same, sag may vary depending on springrate - have you set your sag properly?

Make sure someone didn't use the Gen2 suspension links or your bike will sit 1" lower. (measure to be sure)

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I have both my '87 used Gen 1 & a customers used '08 Gen 2 shock in my hands. Eye to Eye 405mm. Overall length 435mm. On both shocks. Best I can measure.
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