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Re: Tell me about lowering this beast
« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2015, 06:37:49 pm »
Now that I can't use my lowering link because of my weight and how I ride, I now have a kouda link 8-2 for sale. Only used for about 200 miles. Still looks like new.

Will get pictures up later. Doesn't like to post them from my phone.

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Re: Tell me about lowering this beast
« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2015, 09:50:25 pm »
I have a new 2015 690 Enduro. At 5'9" with 29" inseam I could not even get my leg over the seat. Got on by using the foot peg and in my attempt to get the stand up fell over, reminded me of Laugh In. I since have put the 1-5/8" Kouba link on but do not believe it did anything. Lowered the front 1" and set the sag to 100 mm. was able to almost be at ease. Have since had Munn Racing in TX. lower the forks and shock 1" and set sag at 98 mm. Forks in second stock line. Will probably put the stock link back on to correct the geometry. Will let you know. Can now ride with confidence but have not been able to go off road yet we are under water every where here in Louisiana.
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Re: Tell me about lowering this beast
« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2015, 05:37:59 pm »
Freedom, I run the stock linkage and had a friend of mine shorten my side stand by 1/2" and add a loop for me to help raise the stand.  1/2" seemed to be all I needed.  I wouldn't go more than 3/4".  I have also installed Traction's hydraulic remote preload adjuster on the shock.  Way easier to change preload from carrying a load to not.  You may want to try the "low" seat from Seat Concepts.  I went the expensive route, Renazco Racing.  I really don't think they lowered the seat much for my specs, but it did help a little.  Also, I found if you turn the front wheel all the way to the left, it makes the bike more vertical, puts the weight on the toes of your right foot (we short people can't get our feet down), and gives a little more ground clearance to raise the stand.

Freedom, if you or anyone else wants photos of the modded side stand, pm me and I'll e-mail them.  I don't have a place to post pictures.
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Re: Tell me about lowering this beast
« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2015, 05:54:12 pm »
Phillip I just finished my last 150 miles to break-in. I had Munn racing do the 1in. lowering and I cut the stand 2ins. It was ok and I liked the feet on the ground. Yesterday before my ride today I reinstalled the stock link to see how it would fit. Not too bad. I have to slide to one side but can get my foot flat. I could not find a pre-load adjuster when at Munn otherwise I would have done that. I will be doing camping and such and that will come in handy for re-setup.I'll look in to the one you have. My first trail rides will be next so I will have a lot more feeling for Kato when I'm stump  jumpin.
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Re: Tell me about lowering this beast
« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2015, 06:04:23 pm »
Nice.  I got the preload adjuster from ktmtwins.com.  Not inexpensive, but worth it.  I've done a trip to the Eastern Sierras here in Cali.  It worked out great.  My next trip is coming up 4th of July weekend.  Planning on Utah, Arches Nat. Park and Moab.  This is probably where I'll get trail time on the Rekluse.

Munn is great.  I've gotten quite a few things from them over the years.

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Re: Tell me about lowering this beast
« Reply #20 on: June 03, 2015, 07:02:47 pm »
Ya I just found it on Twins, OUCH! But It will go in the wish list. I think once I get other stuff paid down the Clack LHRB is my next big bite. I will be taking a ride this July but it's on my Harley. My little sister and I are going to do another 7K summer run to see family. She is like me loves to ride anytime any where. Then for me it's Kato and I off for some trail and camping.
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What about installing a shorter shock?
« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2015, 07:32:24 am »
Mine is used mostly for street, sometimes easy single-track, sometimes urban antics, like going up and down stairs.  I find the seat height awkward getting on, but once going, it's fine. So, if the lowering link merely changes leverage on the shock, and not seat height with no weight on the seat, my situation is not helped. What about installing a shorter shock?

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Re: Tell me about lowering this beast
« Reply #22 on: December 11, 2015, 08:22:29 am »
Be careful when tilting the tank up to get at the shock.  It's important to disconnect the quick disconnect fitting on the fuel line prior to lifting the tank up to vertical.  Otherwise it puts a lot of strain on the cheap plastic connector and many folks have had them break while doing this.

I had SuperPlush take an inch out of the shock and forks and provide the proper springs.  They got the valving all wrong in the forks but that's another story. They also put on their stainless preload adjuster ring that makes it possible to adjust preload without galling the soft aluminum threads of the shock body. A local welder took an inch out of the sidestand and I added one of the KTM big foot accessories, and now I can raise and lower the kickstand while astride the bike.