Motorcycle Suspension Components
with other products available from Kientech
Fits: Honda 99-up XR650R (liquid cooled)
(Lowers the rear 1.5")
1) Raise the motorcycle with a bike stand, milk crate, etc., so the
rear wheel is just
slightly off the ground. Remove the three allen headed bolts that
hold the side stand
bracket onto the frame and remove the sidestand and all to allow the front
bolt to be removed out the left side. Next remove the two 19 mm nuts
(right side of link)
from the two link mounting bolts and push both bolts out the left side,
remove the link
downward. The swing arm may need to be raised slightly to allow the
bolts to slide out
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 new link. 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
aligning the link eyes with the link mounts push the mounting bolts back
the left side. (You will have to raise the swing arm to get the eyes
to line up. The allen
headed bolt goes in the front and the 17 mm headed bolt goes in the rear.)
two 19 mm nuts and torque to approx. 45 lb-ft.
3) When installing the KoubaLink, be sure the 90 degree grease fitting
is facing down.
*Left side engraving will be upsidedown and backwards. Reinstall
the side stand/bracket
with the three allen headed bolts and the link installation is complete.
May want to pump
a little grease into that grease fitting now so you don't forget.
4) For the 1 1/2" rear lowering, set the race sag (amount of vertical
movement of the rear
axle FROM no weight to bike weight plus rider weight) at 100mm/3.9" 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 and
visa versa.) The
easiest way we have found to change the preload adjustment is to loosen
the top jam nut
with a punch, lube the threads on the shock and turn the spring and remaining
grasping the spring at the bottom and turning spring nut and all.
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 approx.
1 inch until the top of
the fork caps are even with the bottom of the stock handlebars. The
tubes can be slide
up farther past the handlebars, but is not recommended as we are not sure
front tire would be allowed to contact the underside of the fender when
If the front pushes or will not turn quick enough we recommend lessening
the rear sag
over sliding the fork tubes up farther than the 1 inch. Disclaimer:
Lowering the rear more
than the front can change the geometry and could affect the handling, so
be careful out
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