Fits: 1987-2007 Kawasaki KLR650.
Covers PN. KLR650-1 & 2 .
*If we counter sink the eyes on the KLR650-1 links they will also fit the
KLX650C and lower the rear 1 5/8th". See order form for the Kawasaki
KLR650-1 Lowers Rear 1.25" & KLR650-2 Lowers Rear 2"
We have found that the link mounting bolts on some of the later model KLR650's
have a longer shank and do not allow our links to tighten up on the center
bearing sleeves when using our KLR650-1 or KLR650-2 links. If that
is found to be the case when installing our links we recommend the addition
of either a 14 mm split type lock washer or a 15 mm flat washer under the
nut of both link mounting bolts.
KLR650-2 Shown Above
1) Raise the motorcycle
with a bike stand, milk crate, etc., so the rear wheel is just
off the ground. Remove the two 22 mm or 7/8th" nuts on the right
the bolts that hold the two stock links to the rocker and swing arm.
mm headed bolts out the left side. **You may have to raise the rear
to allow the first bolt to slide out easily.
2) After removing the
stock links you should be ready to install the KoubaLinks.
sure and grease the existing bearings inside the rocker and swing arm
the links mount. (**Both KoubaLinks are identical and can be used
side.) Hold the left link in place, (engraving to the outside and
push the two 17 mm headed mounting bolts in from the left side.
will have to raise the rear wheel to align the link mounting holes.)
the right link engraving to the outside) Install the 22 mm mounting bolt
on the right side and torque to 40 lb-ft.
3) For the best performance
set the race sag (amount of vertical movement of
rear axle FROM no weight to bike weight plus rider weight) at 3 3/4"
the KLR650-1 links, and 3 1/2” with the KLR650-2 links. *Sag is set by
the 5 position preload adjustor on the left side of the shock, or if you
the aftermarket shock with the two large nuts on top of the spring.
with the rider in full riding gear, standing on the pegs, and including
bikes weight and all carried items.
4) The front forks can
be slid up in the triple clamps .75" until they almost contact
handlebars. We do not recommend raising the handlebars to allow the
to be slid up farther as the tire and/or the fork brace will hit the fender
nearing full compression. Disclaimer: Lowering the rear more
will change the geometry and could effect the handling.
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 e-mail address below and are
always interested in your questions or comments.