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Old 12-03-2010, 08:54 AM   #1
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KLR suspension

Im sure this question has been discussed at great length, however. I got a 08 KLR with 20 on the clock. I have been commuting on the bike and now need to start dragging a large ass bag around with me full of gear. (Paramedic). I know at the end of the day its still a KLR and Im good with that, its the perfect bike for me now.

Opinions, advice and criticism on front and rear suspension upgrades please.

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Old 12-03-2010, 09:49 AM   #2
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Progressive, front and rear, is on the winter-to-do list for my 08.
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:33 AM   #3
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+1 on Progressive!

I also installed emulators and Progressive springs in my '06. Not sure if the guts of the '08 forks are diff from the '06. The emulator instructions state they're not designed for progressive spring rates, but I was very pleased with the result.

I was going to buy the Progressive shock, but decided to change bikes instead. A buddy of mine has the Prog shock on his KLR and it's night/day better than stock.
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:05 AM   #4
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Or do nothing, it has passenger pegs right? No difference than having a passenger.

If you really start working the suspension off road, you'll appreciate new springs. I don't see the benefit for road use though.

Also, the owners manual will tell you what the weight rating is for the bike, just stay under that and don't sweat it.
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:19 AM   #5
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I went with the Cogent Moab Adventure rear with the matching Front Springs. It has made a very noticeable difference both on and off road. On road I really like the reduced nose dive when braking. Money well spent if you ask me
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:30 AM   #6
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How much do you weigh? How much does your gear weigh? Upgraded suspension is really nice but do you need it?
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:32 AM   #7
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TopGun 7.4 kg rear spring fitted onto your shock...finished.....just over $100....FINISHED.
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:36 AM   #8
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Old 12-03-2010, 01:02 PM   #9
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I'm a 190-200 lbs rider in a stitch suit soooo 220. Gear bag prolly 60lbs. My swing arm has become scarred by a brake line bracket from the right passenger pegs since riding with the load. When I sit on the bike more recently it feels as if it just collapses with the pre-load set at 5 could the shock be tired at 20K? I have been reluctant to start the Mods as the bike is what it is and Im fine with my KLR. Sounds like progressives are the way to go, if I do it. Thanks and please keep it coming.

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Old 12-03-2010, 01:40 PM   #10
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Rear shocks made by Moab and Ricor have been well received.

You will probably get better customer care and final product from Moab.

If you are going to keep the KLR, this is money well spent.
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Old 12-03-2010, 02:41 PM   #11
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For primarily commuting, I would just put a heavier spring on the rear and call it good.

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Old 12-03-2010, 08:58 PM   #12
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Cogent Dynamics makes the Moab shock and the less costly Adventure shock. The Adventure shock lacks the shock preload adjustment portion of the Moab shock and costs less.

My bike currently has a RICOR IAS shock but I previously had a Moab on it. Shortly, I'll be going back to another custom long travel Moab. The RICOR is fine but I liked the Moab better.

I sold my stock '08 forks and purchased a set of '08 KX450F USD forks and did that conversion. I highly recommend the swap. It's cheap to do and will completely transform your KLR.


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Old 12-03-2010, 09:35 PM   #13
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There are better things to spend your money on than Progressive suspension anything.

Racetech's Paul Thede recommends that you run straight rate fork springs if you use their Emulators.

I would check out Suspension by Sasquatch -

My two cents worth.

I have a 2006 KLR650 with a Noleen's Racing J6 rear shock and a set of Race Tech Emulators with straight rate springs in the forks.
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:56 AM   #14
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CD Moab rear sprung to your weight will be hard to beat! Running one for 2 years now and very happy! Speak to Rick at

Front - dump the shock oil, clean and refill to the proper level and add a fork brace.

08 with 26K miles.
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Old 12-04-2010, 06:28 AM   #15
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I did exactly that and could not be happier. BTW you can email them with your weight and or load numbers and they will tell what size spring will work best for you. Can't beat the cost either. If you really want KTM like suspension you will have to go with more spendy stuff like moab and others..

Linky to Top Gun emal

Rod was very helpful and he got the spring rate spot on for me.

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TopGun 7.4 kg rear spring fitted onto your shock...finished.....just over $100....FINISHED.
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