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post #1 of 13 Old 12-14-2019, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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My 2003 and 2005 klr650

Here is my 2 bikes. The red and green one is my daily I got it for cheap. The guy I got it from was doing a wheelie and dropped it going pretty quick and I get speed wobbles over 80. The naked one was my first bike I’ve had it for 3 years it was mint when I got it. I was hit on it this past February. I rebuilt it into a drag bike.
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Did you install spacers under the heads of the damper rods of the forks? Or did you permanently shorten the damper rods, to lower the nose?

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Did you install spacers under the heads of the damper rods of the forks? Or did you permanently shorten the damper rods, to lower the nose?
I just removed the fork tube spacers. I figured I didn’t need them going in a straight line.
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I just removed the fork tube spacers. I figured I didnít need them going in a straight line.
But doesn't that allow the forks to just slip straight up to Full Extension & still attempt to wheelie off the line, or do you a limiter strap to keep the suspension from extending?

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I just removed the fork tube spacers. I figured I didn’t need them going in a straight line.
But doesn't that allow the forks to just slip straight up to Full Extension & still attempt to wheelie off the line, or do you a limiter strap to keep the suspension from extending?
so far they haven’t tried to really extend at all that I have noticed.
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so far they havenít tried to really extend at all that I have noticed.
But if it is not trying to wheelie, what would an Extended swingarm gain you?

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so far they haven’t tried to really extend at all that I have noticed.
But if it is not trying to wheelie, what would an Extended swingarm gain you?
it has wheelied on me before when I try to launch hard and I’m going to be doing some more go fast parts in the future.
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it has wheelied on me before when I try to launch hard and Iím going to be doing some more go fast parts in the future.
Well that right there tells me that your fork is extending. Unless that wheelie was on stock suspension.

Try putting a U-Bolt around the fork leg below the seal flange, tighten lightly with nylock nuts. Install a tiedown ring on the lower triple clamp bolt. Use a piece of nylon webbing with holes MELTED into each end to connect between U-Bolt & ring to keep the suspension from extending at all and go try a Hard Launch.

The extra 15-20 pounds of front wheel holding the front end down maybe help more than you thought it would.

Just trying to keep your expenses down also.

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it has wheelied on me before when I try to launch hard and I’m going to be doing some more go fast parts in the future.
Well that right there tells me that your fork is extending. Unless that wheelie was on stock suspension.

Try putting a U-Bolt around the fork leg below the seal flange, tighten lightly with nylock nuts. Install a tiedown ring on the lower triple clamp bolt. Use a piece of nylon webbing with holes MELTED into each end to connect between U-Bolt & ring to keep the suspension from extending at all and go try a Hard Launch.

The extra 15-20 pounds of front wheel holding the front end down maybe help more than you thought it would.

Just trying to keep your expenses down also.
I did have the front strapped down before and it wheelied. I’m trying to launch this thing as hard as I can with out the front coming up.
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Okay, inquiring minds want to know.....whatís your best ET and mph?
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