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Old 04-01-2008, 11:05 PM   #1
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KLR rear shock sacrilege

Well, after a nice long off-road trip to the San Felipe 250 I have come to a couple of conclusions on My KLR650. The front fork swap was totally worth it and I need to get My arse moving on the rear suspension. Actually, it needs to move without My arse moving, but whatever.......

I want this thing to ride like a 73 Caddy Fleetwood on the street and still be able to hit the whoops like My KLX 300.

So, to that end I got a White Power PDS shock from a KTM for a transplant.

Wussy stock shock, meet your replacement!



Wait, the reservoirs in the wrong spot? Hold on a second, there, this should fix that......



More later..........


P.S. I'm just using this shock to watch the KTM guys twitch
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:28 AM   #2
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excellent work, amigo!

NICE! i can't wait to see what you do next.... i've kinda gone over to the dark side--i bought a GS. i know, i know.... but man, it rides like a dream and 90hp is sure fun. i'm not sure if i'll keep the KLR or not: getting around the country with 3 bikes and 2 cages is pretty complicated.

are you thinking of getting into the engine? i believe Eagle Mike claims 10+ additional HP from the 705 kit and big pipe. that would be enough to make the KLR move quite a bit better.

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Old 04-02-2008, 08:43 AM   #3
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are you thinking of getting into the engine? i believe Eagle Mike claims 10+ additional HP from the 705 kit and big pipe. that would be enough to make the KLR move quite a bit better.

evan

Coming from a KLX300, power is not the problem. As long as the engine is running, I have no plans to tear into it.


I'll show you the darkside! Just for that I'm going to find a Beemmeer part and frankenstien it on to the KLR.
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Old 04-02-2008, 01:25 PM   #4
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Old 04-02-2008, 01:31 PM   #5
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:52 PM   #6
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Oh, you ain't seen nuttin yet

OK, first off, the new links..... I made these about .625 longer to slow down the motion ratio a little for more travel, but it also yields a little better curve.... I was going to make the center cut-out say FYYFF, but it would have cost more



Next was re-clocking the compression adjuster to clear the frame. It also got a AN weld on fitting for the remote reservoir. The AN fitting cost more, but it was worth it........





Since the inconsiderate WP engineers didn't make the bottom of the shock long enough, the bottom needed to be extended a little to keep the larger OD spring from fouling the swing-arm Lucky I had a donor shock laying around


The longer links also helped with this...
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Old 04-05-2008, 09:54 PM   #7
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Way back in 1992 When I blew the stock shock out of my 1990 KLR650 I ordered up a White Power replacement shock for about $500. It diddent have the remote resevour, but worked great just the same.
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Old 05-26-2008, 03:33 PM   #8
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I just puked out my dinner!

I would have cut the frame first!






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Originally Posted by BDKW1
Well, after a nice long off-road trip to the San Felipe 250 I have come to a couple of conclusions on My KLR650. The front fork swap was totally worth it and I need to get My arse moving on the rear suspension. Actually, it needs to move without My arse moving, but whatever.......

I want this thing to ride like a 73 Caddy Fleetwood on the street and still be able to hit the whoops like My KLX 300.

So, to that end I got a White Power PDS shock from a KTM for a transplant.

Wussy stock shock, meet your replacement!



Wait, the reservoirs in the wrong spot? Hold on a second, there, this should fix that......



More later..........


P.S. I'm just using this shock to watch the KTM guys twitch
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:06 AM   #9
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Whatever happened to this project?

I have a set of KTM 950 Adventure WP inverted forks, trees, brakes and a 950 rear shock sitting in my shop. I may do some measuring. A better idea may be to sell the 950 parts and have the stock KLR suspension redone by the pros.

Great project. Please update us on your progress.

SamM

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Old 07-10-2008, 08:30 AM   #10
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:24 PM   #11
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Whatever happens to this project?
It works very well! Haven't riden it much latley as I have been real busy at work. Also been abusing the 300 on single track....

It needs a roller for the chain as the extra drop out gives the chain a little to much slack and it starts to make noise. May put one on the top side also. It really needs a real chain guide..... I'm working on that also.

So far, no regrets.
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