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01-29-2017 11:40 PM
Toney
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Originally Posted by MikeyWayne View Post
I'm considering installing the raising links, mostly for more ground clearance. Do you know how much added ground clearance you got out of your set?
You're reading a really old post. Might start and new one and get some help.
01-29-2017 09:39 PM
MikeyWayne I'm considering installing the raising links, mostly for more ground clearance. Do you know how much added ground clearance you got out of your set?
02-20-2013 01:51 PM
planalp
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Originally Posted by ammca View Post
I know this is an older post but I just installed 1 inch raising links from Burkhart cycle. Mom and pop shop. They were 28 bucks shipped to my door. Been bitchin about the rear sag for so long i went ahead and did it. They are fantastic. For the price it makes a world of difference. I off road all the time. The ass end sits right, no kickstand mod needed, and it feels great. So for all the naysayers out there about geometry and not fixing the problem, I say use these first. Wait till your shock eventually fails or blows out and then get a new shock. Most people i have seen, maybe not on this forum talk down the raising links and get all technical are usually the ones that have never tried them to begin with. I have no idea if eagle mikes links are any different but the burkhart cycle ones are great. No probs. And the linkage bolts are 22mm. This is the best cheap way to cure the rear end. I may be different than everyone else but I beat the crap outa my bike and it keeps on taking it. Such a fun machine.
I am a proponent of raising links and use them. I don't know if they'll prolong the life of the stock shock or not, but they do keep the ass end up a little higher in the air and I like that. It might just be my imagination, but I also like the impact the change has on the front of the bike. Great that they also solve the kickstand/lean problem on the Gen2 KLR's.

I've noticed there are people who tend to dismiss or ridicule them, but I don't see why. I think maybe for carrying more weight in rough terrain a high-end aftermarket shock might be a better option in the long run.

I consider them the lowest rung on the rear shock ladder, the next up being a spring replacement for the stock shock and the topmost being a good aftermarket shock. Lowest rung does the trick for me.

I was actually all set to send my shock off to Top Gun this Winter for a spring replacement: even had the shock all the way off but wound up needing the money to get a new pair of glasses so put the spring replacement on the back burner and am still considering doing it in the future. No regrets: found the way-more-expensive progressive eyeglass lenses I spent my "shock money" on are far superior to lined bifocals.......



02-20-2013 01:07 PM
ammca
raising links

I know this is an older post but I just installed 1 inch raising links from Burkhart cycle. Mom and pop shop. They were 28 bucks shipped to my door. Been bitchin about the rear sag for so long i went ahead and did it. They are fantastic. For the price it makes a world of difference. I off road all the time. The ass end sits right, no kickstand mod needed, and it feels great. So for all the naysayers out there about geometry and not fixing the problem, I say use these first. Wait till your shock eventually fails or blows out and then get a new shock. Most people i have seen, maybe not on this forum talk down the raising links and get all technical are usually the ones that have never tried them to begin with. I have no idea if eagle mikes links are any different but the burkhart cycle ones are great. No probs. And the linkage bolts are 22mm. This is the best cheap way to cure the rear end. I may be different than everyone else but I beat the crap outa my bike and it keeps on taking it. Such a fun machine.
10-22-2012 03:32 PM
Wjh Thanks every one for your advice, I will really look in to it when I get back home in about 4 weeks.
I really like my KLR and I will be kitting it out as time goes on, I will be doing (at some Time at own cost) a trip around South africa. (like on the boarders)


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10-18-2012 12:46 PM
planalp
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Originally Posted by ammca View Post
The next thing is getting the 7.4 kg rear shock spring from "Topgun". the spring will be just over 100 bucks. just have to install and enjoy. they have three springs for the KLR. a 6.6kg 7.4kg and an 8.0kg if my memory serves me correct. The moab shock is nice but just too damn expensive.




10-18-2012 08:36 AM
willys I have a heavier spring on my semi stock shock. Yes the shock itself has been reworked by the Suzuki factory race team's suspension specialist but the main body is still the stock shock. It was a freebie for me from a buddy. All this aside.....if you buy a stiffer spring to carry the weight you want to carry, then the shock itself isn't trying to hold up the weight too which imho is one of the reasons they fail so soon on some bikes. I have the TogGun 7.4kg spring and I'm a 205lb rider soaking wet, then add my gear and a full camping for a month worth of crap onto that and it handles it with ease. These springs are worth every penny imho IF you aren't using your bike a heavy motorcrosser or a serious trail bike and require the shock to constantly control the full travel of the shock. Something when riding down the road it doesn't need to do.imho. So for under $100 you have solved your weak spring that was designed to carry a thin 165lb rider and a 30lb load. If I get on my bike naked I would overload the spring already! Many of use would too from what you see as the average weight of KLR riders.

Hope this helps.....
10-18-2012 04:24 AM
Hoyks Springs carry the weight, so a new spring is the only way to do it properly. Stock springs are way to light for the average KLR rider.

I have raising links, and while they help by changing the geometry of the rear suspension a bit, they don't actually cure the problem.
10-16-2012 08:59 PM
wayne_l im 200 lbs with spring turned far up to 5 it will go and its way to soft before i even load the bags for any dirt duty .. front is beyond weak almost dangerous hard braking with the nose dive ..

one of the best 90 bucks spent is on progressive front springs !
10-11-2012 10:52 PM
ammca
try "topgun"

Wjh. I'm in the same boat but it is just me on the bike. Im 220 lbs, and I switch from no luggage to the packrat rack and 1520 pelicans for panniers. I dont carry much weight all that often> hell the pelicans are empty with the exception of lunch and maybe a change of clothes (warm stuff) when im just riding. I hate the way my front dives on braking, and the way the ass end squats when I sit on it. I am a true do it yourselfer so for the front Im gonna cut some coils off the front fork springs and make them stiffer and then play around with the spacers to adjust preload till I like it. The next thing is getting the 7.4 kg rear shock spring from "Topgun". the spring will be just over 100 bucks. just have to install and enjoy. they have three springs for the KLR. a 6.6kg 7.4kg and an 8.0kg if my memory serves me correct. The moab shock is nice but just too damn expensive. This KLR is akin to jeep owners. Just throw money at it. I love the bike. I love the fact that I can ride 80 miles per hour on the slab if needed. spirited 70 mph on back roads and sweepers and then spend all day in the woods. Ive done some pretty knarly stuff on this bike and then I just leave the woods and ride back the way i got there. No trailers and logistical stuff. Just needs beefier suspension.
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