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post #11 of 15 Old 04-23-2020, 02:52 PM
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Wow, she's a beauty. ....similar story; I've had my 2001 for about 15 years now but about 4 years ago I bought a 2000 model off of a guy with 577 miles on it (I have about 3,000 mi on it now). He had a bone disease and kept it all these years hoping to get better....he didn't. :-( I did give him his full asking price which was around $2,800 USD and was happy to do it.

Low mileage Gen1's are the holy grail of KLR to me (and many others) as the Gen2 redesign was a few steps in the wrong direction for what I do.

On the whole height thing; I'm 5'10" with a 30" inseam and I weigh about 190lbs so we are close in size - you really don't need to lower it IMO, it's just that you aren't used to the height and riding position - I had the opposite problem getting used to my HD Electraglide after years of offroad and MX bikes.

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post #12 of 15 Old 04-23-2020, 02:54 PM
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sorry for the photobucket thing;

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post #13 of 15 Old 04-23-2020, 02:57 PM
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...My only other comment is to point out that sag shouldn't be used to adjust the seat height, nor is it a personal preference thing as much as it is a proper geometry item. I'd suggest that sag should be between 25 - 33% of available travel regardless of desired seat height.

Good point and you are correct.

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post #14 of 15 Old 04-28-2020, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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So I ordered a rear spring from EBay. It was the 420-440lb rates spring. The shocknwad very easy to remove. I had help with a bike jack. Makes work very easy. The spring was pretty simple too. I installed my new spring. 9.5" tall. It was actually made for a Suzuki quad. Rear spring. It really changed the bike. The back is sooooo much better in corners and everywhere else to. The BIG issue I have now it the front.
Fix the back end and then the front really shows itself. Have any of you guys experience the same thing? For now I am just going to do a front oil change and I will play around with spacer lengths. I'll follow someone else's advice and use PVC cut 1/4 in longer at a time until I get a fit that works best. I will also out a washer between the PVC and spring. Read were the spring can mangle up the PVC. Later I will buy some gold valves. Heck I can't recall what their names are. Then I will get some springs for my weight. I do a bunch of off roading. Also I decided to stick with the stock ride height. I've got a seat that is being made for right now. It will be 1.5" lower.
Thanks again for all the help and advice/ direction.
Dave, I like your bike. I had to take a double take when I saw your picture.
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post #15 of 15 Old 04-29-2020, 10:36 AM
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I covered most of it in my Post #3 but as far as the front goes; at 200 lbs you are way too heavy for the stock fork springs (they are good for 160 lbs)....damping is both too light (low speed compression) and too harsh (high speed compression).

You can increase the length of the spacers (no need for washers, I use schedule 40 PVC) and increase the oil level and even add a touch of air pressure but you aren't going to get it right until you change the springs. Many use progressive springs and 15W oil and while this is an improvement over stock, it makes the high speed compression damping issue worse.....the only fix for that is proper valving like a Racetech Cartridge Emulator or a set of Cogent DDC's (my preference). That said, everybody's usage, expectations and budget are different and heavier springs coupled with an increased oil level and/or heavier oil may be good enough for you.

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