1) Raise the motorcycle
with a bike stand, milk crate, etc., so the rear wheel is slightly off
the ground. Remove the 17 mm nuts from the two link mounting bolts
and push the bolts out the right side. The swingarm may need to be
raised slightly to allow the bolts to slide out freely. After removing
these two bolts the link will drop out the bottom and your about ready
to install the new link.
2) The new links come
with the bearings and seals, so put a little grease on the two needle bearings
first, and then install the "center sleeve"
from your old OEM link into the KoubaLink. You are now ready to install
the new link by holding it back in place with the bearing end forward and
the engraving readable from the right side. After aligning the link
eyes with the link mounts, push the mounting bolts back through from the
right side. You will need to raise the swingarm to get the eyes to line
3) After installing the KoubaLink,
be sure the grease fitting is facing downward. *Left side engraving will
be upsidedown. You may want to pump a little grease into the grease
fitting now before you torque the mounting bolt nuts as sometimes after
tightening the nuts the air will not escape from the bearings and is difficult
to get the grease in. Install the two 17 mm nuts and torque to approx.
4) For the 1.50" rear lowering,
set the race sag (amount of vertical movement of the rear axle FROM no
weight to bike weight plus rider weight) at 3.75" with rider in full riding
gear, standing on the pegs. This sag adjustment can be changed by
turning the two large nuts on top of the rear spring. (More preload
= less sag, and less preload = more sag. Turning the spring preload nuts
clockwise will increase the preload/lessen the sag and visa versa.)
The easiest way we have found to change the preload adjustment is to loosen
the top jam nut, lube the threads on the shock and turn the spring and
all by grasping the bottom of the spring. It will turn easier if
the rear wheel is off the ground.
5) The front fork tubes can
be slid up in the triple clamps until they almost touch the stock handlebars,
we do not recommend going farther than the stock height handlebars allow
as we are not sure exactly when the front tire would be allowed to contact
the underside of the fender when fully compressed. :-(
If the front pushes or will not turn quick enough we recommend lessening
the rear sag rather than sliding the fork tubes up farther.
Disclaimer: Lowering the rear more than the front can change the
geometry and could affect the handling, so be careful out there.
If you like what the KoubaLinks
do for your suspension, please tell everyone, if you do not, please tell
us. We can be contacted at our email address below and are always
interested in your questions or comments.
* Please see the sidestand
Ordering information and pricing
can be found on our ORDER
Now, here is info that
YOU need to be informed of, for general knowledge, as to how it relates
to the 2017 RALLY.
Honda, in all their wisdom
(ha ha ha) has made the side stand for the RALLY 1.5" longer than what
is on the 2017 CRF250-L. That is a fact, and precise measurement.
Yet, the RALLY is NOT
1.5" taller than the "normal" CRF250-L. It is 0.9" taller.
I have found, and others
have agreed, that the side stand on the 2017 RALLY is TOO tall for this
Now, I have fixed that
issue on my bike, as I ordered and installed a side stand from a 2017 CRF250-L.....again...that
is 1.5" shorter than the RALLY side stand, and then I added a 3/16" thick
larger foot plate onto the bottom of the new side stand, to support the
bike better in sand and dirt.
With the new RALLY KoubaLink
on my bike, the changed out side stand and new KoubaLink work great in
concert with one another.
HOWEVER.....here is what
YOU need to be informed of.....if a RALLY owner installs your new RALLY
KoubaLInk onto their 2017 Rally, and still uses the OEM side stand, they
most likely will have a problem with the bike pogo(ing), as the side stand
that is already TOO long will really be noticeable now, with the bike lowered
I have brought the issue
of the TOO tall side stand to Honda's attention, but as you know, sometimes
that goes in one ear and out the other when dealing with Mother Honda.
Thanks Miles, Tenino, WA.