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Old 11-17-2012, 05:11 PM   #1
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Rear Shock for KLR250?

I'm looking for an upgrade to my rear shock, KLR250. The stocker is now like a pogo stick.
My Google-fu is probably not working because I can't find anything except replacing it with a KLR650 stock shock.

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Old 11-18-2012, 05:10 AM   #2
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i found the thread in thumpers forum...read it or search it yourself.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ghlight=klr250
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:19 PM   #3
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The KLR 650 shock is the cheapest solution, I tried a used 250 shock from ebay and got screwed. The 650 shock fits ok, need to enlarge one hole, and fiddle withe carb boot/airbox fitting. emti
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:53 PM   #4
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i found the thread in thumpers forum...read it or search it yourself.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ghlight=klr250
I'm familiar with the thread, but didn't find what I was looking for. Some people mention KLR650 shock, other than than I found one shock for $600ish.

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The KLR 650 shock is the cheapest solution, I tried a used 250 shock from ebay and got screwed. The 650 shock fits ok, need to enlarge one hole, and fiddle withe carb boot/airbox fitting. emti
So, did you have the 650 shock on yours? How does it work for you? Any changes to the front springs to compensate for the stiffer rear, or did you leave your front stock?

I love the little KLR for woods riding, I just don't want to bounce around too much
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:49 AM   #5
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Call Rick at Cogent Dynamics.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:37 PM   #6
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Call Rick at Cogent Dynamics.
Are his shocks better than the Hagon? Asking because there is about $200 price difference.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:10 AM   #7
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It lowers the rear of the bike about an inch or so I just raised the forks an inch to match .Still have the stock front springs. I dont have a better dirt bike to compare it to but it seems ok within the expectations of a KLR 250. For some reason afternarket shocks are expensive. My only issue is/was getting a good seal withe carb to airbox boot. emti
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:46 PM   #8
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Thanks.

I started looking at the Hagon shock, but yeah, it's expensive. Maybe it would be easier and cheaper to find a proper dirtbike shock in the same length and then have a machine shop modify what needs to be done.

KLX250 shocks seems much cheaper on fleebay and the bike weight/power is just about the same.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:47 PM   #9
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Call Rick at Cogent Dynamics.
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Are his shocks better than the Hagon?

I am not familiar with the quality of Hagon, but Ricks stuff is top shelf. I can tell you for sure that Cogent Dynamics shocks are 10X better than a progressive. I won't use anyone else.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:11 PM   #10
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Thumb Put in the 650 shock

I have instructions on installing a KLR650 shock in the KLR250 here - http://youtu.be/k6xwxYsuIOQ

The man who can make the pin replacement/sleeve/adapter is Ian Smith at MotorSmith:

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Old 12-05-2013, 03:55 PM   #11
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I just did the same swap on my bike without having to order any custom parts (factory pieces off the klr650 will cure the hole being to small issue.) Off the shelf bolts and spacers. (the head of the 650 bolt had to be shaved down a little to clear the dog bone.)


























I also swapped the 250 spring on to the 650 shock as it is a slightly higher spring rate.

I did however decide to make a new upper link to take care of the intake boot clearance issue and the height issue. (optional)










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Old 11-15-2014, 10:26 AM   #12
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KLR650 shock on a klr250

Dominic,

Thank you for the part numbers and photos.

What did you use for the sleeve for the extension link (shackle) you built?

I'm getting ready to do this swap on my klr250 and like you extension link solution to avoid the compression on the carburetor boot.

Thanks again,

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