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Old 12-25-2014, 01:15 PM   #1
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Best KLR suspension upgrade?

I'd like to gather all ideas and experiences with suspension kits or upgrades on the Klr 650. I'm on my third one. Riding a 2012 now. Would like to gain at least an inch more travel and stop the thing from banging the rocks. If I can't gain that, I may end up going orange....
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Old 12-25-2014, 01:34 PM   #2
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Moab on the back & Ricor in the front mage my Gen I a new bike
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Old 12-25-2014, 01:44 PM   #3
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I would call Rick at Cogent Dynamics www.motocd.com
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Old 12-25-2014, 01:58 PM   #4
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Quit screwing around...
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Old 12-25-2014, 02:23 PM   #5
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The KLR and the Orange bikes are completely different. Trying to make a KLR close to a KTM is going to cost a lot more than buying the KTM.

Maybe another KLR rider can help out with doing this.


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Old 12-25-2014, 07:34 PM   #6
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It'll never be a KTM. I hear nothing but great things about the Cogen Moab, but even a good rebuild with a good bump stop, proper fluid level and higher nitrogen pressure to keep it from foaming as much with a properly weighted spring will keep the rear end in check. There's a lot of options for the front end as far as different springs, fluid levels, pre-load, valving, etc. I think there are even drop-in cartridge kits for the Gen 2 bikes.

If you want a performance KTM machine, buy a KTM. If you want stupid simple longterm reliability and low maintenance, keep the KLR and realize what it is and isn't.

Or get both!
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Old 12-25-2014, 07:41 PM   #7
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I've tried out the new valve that cogent has come out with and was very impressed. Was able to bomb down the rocks, keep solid traction on dirt and was still plush enough for the street. That was something I couldn't get out of my suspension before. Which is why I went with yz forks. If they would of had that valve out I'd been happy with that. I believe with a moab rear shock and front kit you'd be set.

Just for reference I had race tech emulators and springs and it wasn't good enough to keep the stock forks. On my gen1 that combo worked out for me.

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Old 12-25-2014, 07:47 PM   #8
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had YZ forks on a Gen I KLR. the Ricor valves make enough difference to make such a change not worth the effort. also KTM.... depends on which one you get and what you plan to do with it. the 640 Adventure is not that big of a step (I already know I'll get flamed but it is what it is)
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Old 12-26-2014, 06:11 AM   #9
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I put a Cogent rear shock and race tech emulators in the fork on my DR650 and it rides completely different but it is still far from a KTM690.
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:27 PM   #10
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Thank you very much for the advice. Looks like Cogent rear and Ricor valves seem to be the way to go. I'm still going to buy a KTM 950 SE someday. But for now, I shall keep sinking some jingle into the KLR and rack up the miles.

Again, thank you
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:27 PM   #11
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Although..... the tennis balls look cheaper..
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:34 PM   #12
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Quit screwing around...
I've always thought that was one of the best looking KLRs I've never seen.
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Old 12-26-2014, 06:29 PM   #13
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I did the RaceTech Emulators on the front and a Noleen shock out back.
It was a 100% improvement to the shit suspension Kawasaki uses on the KLR.

Then I did the ultimate mod to the KLR -

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Old 12-26-2014, 06:32 PM   #14
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I want a 690, but back to the point.

On my '11 i did progressive front springs and that helped a ton ,but the rebound valving needed to be stiffer with them.

On the rear I never had a ton of trouble, just cranked up the preload to the max and put some raising links on.
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Old 12-27-2014, 06:01 PM   #15
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Yup another plug for Cogent Dynamics Moab shock.
I went for the full replacement Progressive Monotube cartridge kit for the forks. Wow. The combination works excellent in washboard, street, and 2 track/ATV trails.
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