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Old 02-18-2015, 12:52 PM   #1
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Dr650 suspension question

I have a brand new 2014 dr650 that I am trying to figure out what to do with the suspension. Options are leave it stock. Go with just springs. Go with springs and valves and if I pick that option do I do it myself or pay someone.

Let's start by saying im not a little guy. So I need something that will hold up and handle decent. What has anyone else done for aftermarket. I don't want to spend a fortune as I just bought the bike and that has me tapped to some degree
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:09 PM   #2
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I'd say Cogent for valves and proper springs.
Cogent complete rear shock or Cogent redo of your oem.
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Old 02-18-2015, 03:11 PM   #3
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What is it about the stock suspension that you think needs improvement?

I am a big guy too and just got stiffer rear spring and the heaviest fixed rate front fork springs. Fairly cheap upgrade and I am satisfied. But then I am not a super technical dirt rider.

I would say stay stock until you identify for yourself the weakness.

I paid somebody $150 to change out the springs and fork oil for me. I have limited time and almost no wrenching skills. Changing front fork springs is easy. The rear spring change is harder and needs special tools.

You can look for stiffer springs at Kientech or Procycle.

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Old 02-18-2015, 06:22 PM   #4
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I'd say Cogent for valves and proper springs.
Cogent complete rear shock or Cogent redo of your oem.

2nd this. At least call them and talk it over. I love mine.
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Old 02-18-2015, 06:31 PM   #5
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2nd this. At least call them and talk it over. I love mine.

I agree with both of them. I have a Cogent Rear Moab, DDC's in front and springs to match both. By far the best upgrade you could do for the bike both on and off road. But especially off as the valving is much better. I guess it really depends on how much you consider using the bike, and what you would be happy with. You could do just springs and be happy. Being a big guy I would definitely do that as the stock springs are mush. You could always upgrade later. But, Call Cogent and or Procycle and get some ideas for free. My experience is that both companies will not sell you on something but will work for what you are looking for and can afford. Both GREAT companies.
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:57 PM   #6
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I paid somebody $150 to change out the springs and fork oil for me. I have limited time and almost no wrenching skills. Changing front fork springs is easy. The rear spring change is harder and needs special tools.
The "special tools" you refer to are a 14 and a 17 mm spanner. Getting the shock out is easy, changing springs and even shock oil as well. Putting the multi-part airbox back in is a task for a veeery patient guy or someone with a mechanically skilled girlfriend with long slim fingers. But it can be done. With some practice the entire job from going to the bike until finished is a sub-1-hr-job and really worth it.
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:41 PM   #7
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I'd say Cogent for valves and proper springs.
Cogent complete rear shock or Cogent redo of your oem.
+1 on this!
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Old 02-19-2015, 05:35 PM   #8
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I'd say Cogent for valves and proper springs.
Cogent complete rear shock or Cogent redo of your oem.
+7

I'm probably picking up a DR650 soon. Everything will go straight to Rick (Cogent). It will be the second DR he's set up for me.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:21 PM   #9
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The "special tools" you refer to are a 14 and a 17 mm spanner. Getting the shock out is easy, changing springs and even shock oil as well. Putting the multi-part airbox back in is a task for a veeery patient guy or someone with a mechanically skilled girlfriend with long slim fingers. But it can be done. With some practice the entire job from going to the bike until finished is a sub-1-hr-job and really worth it.
Pull it three times and it's easy the forth time.
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:42 PM   #10
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Depends on the terrain you ride.

Gravel, dirt, fire roads? Those should be fine as stock, even at speed.

Actual trails and rough terrain? You're going to want so suspension work.

The DR is a great bike, but the suspension is dated. If you ride alone or just trail ride for the joy of it, then is should be fine with just heavier springs.

If you want to hammer some trails without hammering yourself or the bike, you shouldn't be shy of spending upwards of $1,000. It may not cost that much, but just be prepared. Washboard and square edges will destroy the joy when riding a stock DR at speed.

Check out all the thread on fork and shock options and go from there. Suspension is the first thing that should be modified on an off road bike, it the best money spent. Your DR has plenty of power and the brake are very good if you use the correct brake pads, the suspension is the main issue.
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