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Old 09-17-2007, 10:18 PM   #1
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Front Fork Brace for KLR

Anyone have experience with the aftermarket brace for the KLR's front forks? I'm getting ready for another round of up-farkling and am wondering the front fork brace is a "must have" farkle.

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Old 09-17-2007, 10:25 PM   #2
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Either the K-9 brace made by Eagle Mfg or the Superbrace for the KLR650.
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Old 09-17-2007, 11:37 PM   #3
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Either the K-9 brace made by Eagle Mfg or the Superbrace for the KLR650.
Is the front fork brace worth the money? Does it offer a real improvement?

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Old 09-17-2007, 11:43 PM   #4
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i got one off ebay i belive it made a diference i would buy one again stiffens up the front end
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Old 09-17-2007, 11:47 PM   #5
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Is the front fork brace worth the money? Does it offer a real improvement?

Thanks.
It depends on what you want to improve? I raised my "comfortable speed" by 15mph (70mph up to 85mph) with the addition of the Kytech fork brace (beautifully made in Canada at what was then considerably less than anyone else). For off-road changes, I have heard that you do *not* want a fork brace. That being said, I've never regretted have mine on my bike when scooting around in the dirt.

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Old 09-17-2007, 11:53 PM   #6
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I got one from Superbrace, thanks to Hondo at KLRWorld.
It does make a difference. It makes the front end feel more planted, and ends the front end "skittering" when pushing it. Totally minimized the front end wandering on the fwy expansion cracks, as well as the rain grooves.
I'm sure you will feel a difference off road too.

Check their website for a deal that they are running right now. I guess you can mention KLRWorld or Me (Jesse) if you care to.
They are making them for the earlier years, as well as the 08.

I think they are the best design, but I'm sure there will be others along soon, to say otherwise...
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Old 09-18-2007, 12:38 AM   #7
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It depends on what you want to improve? I raised my "comfortable speed" by 15mph (70mph up to 85mph) with the addition of the Kytech fork brace (beautifully made in Canada at what was then considerably less than anyone else). For off-road changes, I have heard that you do *not* want a fork brace. That being said, I've never regretted have mine on my bike when scooting around in the dirt.

YMMV
Yea, I have heard that rumor before about "not wanting a brace for off road" I would not have a KLR without a brace for off road. For me this is where a brace makes the biggest differance. Agian, the rumor is someones strange conclusions in their head? Who knows. Mx bikes don't need them because of their rigidity. BMW dakar comes with a brace, because of their small diameter(flexy)forks.

A brace does several things. 1. it allows the forks to act together, instead of flexing and reacting different. 2. It gives the rider quicker steering response, and handling. 3. It gives better braking response, instead of flexing under a braking load. 4. When hauling loads, the bike does not act like it has a hinge in the middle near as much. 5. When following ruts, without a brace you try and get out of a rut by turning the bars, the wheel tends to follow the rut! A brace eliminates this. 6. SAme with rocks. 7. Hey, it kinda looks cool .

The only negative at all would be when your front wheel would hit something unsuspected the flex could not cause the object to be felt neer as much on your arms.
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Old 09-18-2007, 01:19 AM   #8
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www.klr650.net has a group buy going on right now for braces.
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:33 AM   #9
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I just put on Eagle Mike's fork brace this past weekend, then put abour 400 miles on my KLR. Love it! I won't have a KLR without one again.

Thanks Mike!
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:57 AM   #10
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The group buy for the Superbrace braces is located here-

http://www.superbrace.com/proddetail.asp?prod=4430GB

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Old 09-18-2007, 02:23 PM   #11
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I got a fork brace a couple weeks ago. I installed it at the same time I installed new progressive fork springs and 10lbs of air in the forks.
It's like an entirely different bike now. I love it.
It used to wabble around at 80+mph now it doesn't wabble any more.
I ordered the acerbis tecnik front fender to get rid of the wabble but I havent even received it yet.

I'm looking forward to the next so cal tech day as my new rear progressive shock feels very stiff but I have no idea what i'm doing so i'll wait for some professional help.

Anyway- get the fork brace. It makes a difference.
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:34 PM   #12
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Look at the distance from the bottom of the fork pinch bolt to the axle then figure in the skiny noodle-like KLR forks. Presto you answer is right in front of you.
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:42 PM   #13
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After putting a Summer's Racing Corp fork brace on my KLR I was blown away by it's ability to track a line that was both straight and true out in the dirt.
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:57 PM   #14
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The group buy for the Superbrace braces is located here-

http://www.superbrace.com/proddetail.asp?prod=4430GB

Thanks. I bought one today on this group buy.
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Old 09-19-2007, 04:43 AM   #15
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After putting a Summer's Racing Corp fork brace on my KLR I was blown away by it's ability to track a line that was both straight and true out in the dirt.
That looks like a nice brace-
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