Fits: 02-up (including
the new style 2012 models) DL650/1000 and
03-up SV650. (PN's. V-Strom-1 & V-Strom-2)
(V-Strom-1 lowers the rear 3/4", V-Strom-2 lowers the rear 1 1/8")
V-Strom-2 shown above.
(Lowers rear 1 1/8" on the V-Strom and 3/4" on the
1. Raise the motorcycle
with the center stand, jack, etc., so the rear wheel is just slightly off
the ground. *(Be careful not to bend the exhaust if you do not have
the center stand) Remove the two 17 mm socket size nuts from the
bolts that hold the links to the rocker and swingarm. Push the front
mounting bolt out the out the left side. You may have to lift up
on the rear wheel slightly to allow the front bolt to slide out freely.
After removing the front bolt, then you will need to raise the tire
and swingarm up as far as possibe to allow the rear bolt to pass by the
*Thanks Tom R. for the
2. Remove both stock
links and you should be ready to install the new KoubaLinks. Before
installing these links, you may want to put some grease on the needle bearings
inside the rocker and swingarm mounts.
3. Now that the
stock links are removed, install the KoubaLinks in reverse order of the
removal of the stock links, engraving and countersinks go to the outside,
both links are identical.
4. After pushing
the rear mounting bolt in from the left side, you will have to raise the
rear wheel/swingarm up again until the front mounting bolt aligns with
the rocker mounting hole, then push that mounting bolt back in from the
left side. Install both 17 mm socket sized nuts and torque to approx. 40
5. Depending on
which KoubaLinks you have, determines if and how much the rear is being
lowered, so keep in mind if you lower the rear one inch etc., to maintain
the same geometry (if desired) the front would require approx. the same
amount of lowering. The V-Strom-1 links will lower the rear of the V-Strom
3/4" and the "V-Strom 2" links will lower the rear 1 1/8". ( 3/8" &
3/4"on the SV650) Do not slide the front fork tubes up in the triple
clamps more than necessary, as the fender/tire could come in contact with
the bottom of the triple clamps. Sliding the fork tubes up less
than 1" is preferred. Lowering the rear more than the front should make
the bike more stable when going strait, but also will not turn as quickly.
To make it turn quicker (if desired) the forks can be slid up in the triple
clamps (maximum 1") and/or by increasing the rear spring preload to raise
If you like what these
links do for your suspension, please tell everyone, if you do not, please
tell us. Thanks for purchasing our products.