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post #1 of 2 Old 10-07-2010, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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rear shock

I have found several deals on pre 08 shocks, however I have a 08.
Can anyone tell me what the difference is from 07 to 08 shocks.
And will an 07 shock fit an 08?
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post #2 of 2 Old 10-07-2010, 08:17 AM
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You are gonna end up with a cobbled up mess for more money than the correct application would cost. There are as many options available for the Gen II bikes as there are for the Gen I bikes.

The biggest hurdle to jump is figuring out what you really need. Not many people need a full boat rally suspension to run a few fire trails and commute in urban environments. The few who can readily handle the KLR 650 in true off road adventure know what they need, and sometimes it isn't a replacement shock. It may be a replacement shock spring. There are a number of improvements for the front suspension. If you improve one end and ignore the other, you will negatively affect your handling.

If you want to study a bit, here are a few popular upgrades. I certainly would not buy based on popularity.

Well thought of in the KLR world, they provide packages based on buyers requirements.

This is what goes on the USMC KLR 650's. Built to your requirements, rebuildable.

Replacement and upgraded springs for both generations of KLR 650. Very knowledgeable folks. An email for guidance will be found to be real helpful. They set up rally and long distance multisurface motorcycles and have a wealth of experience.

Determining what you need will be the hard part. Maybe by trying to paint a picture of what you are trying to achieve will get suggestions from those who have had success and maybe a few words from those who have been disappointed. For example, how much weight will the bike be rolling with? One or two up? Terrain? Current limitations?

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