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Offline Dwerg

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690 Lowering Link questions
« on: September 03, 2014, 02:43:01 pm »
Does anybody have one fitted?  How does it affect ground clearance? Handling? Does the side stand need to be shortened?
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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2014, 06:30:11 am »
One more before I just go buy anyway  :sip:

EDIT: Will probably keep the bike as is for Amageza and lower it afterwards so it's a bit more managable for regular use in parking lot's etc
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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2014, 01:30:25 pm »
These guys do a well-priced one: http://rostoffroad.co.za

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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2014, 01:33:34 pm »
These guys do a well-priced one: http://rostoffroad.co.za

Cool thanks. Their steering damper mount kit is also the cheapest I've seen
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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2014, 02:06:14 pm »
Does anybody have one fitted?  How does it affect ground clearance? Handling? Does the side stand need to be shortened?

Lowers ground clearance
Make it more stable and slower steering unless you pull the forks through the clamps
SS likely needs to be shortened
The more extreme versions cause the wheel to hit the tank under compression
 

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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2014, 02:10:48 pm »
Does anybody have one fitted?  How does it affect ground clearance? Handling? Does the side stand need to be shortened?

I was wondering how long it would be before you asked about this :peepwall:
 

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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2014, 02:26:01 pm »
But thanks for the link, Rost has most of the essential bits for 690s for nice prices
 

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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2014, 07:09:02 am »
Does anybody have one fitted?  How does it affect ground clearance? Handling? Does the side stand need to be shortened?

Lowers ground clearance
Make it more stable and slower steering unless you pull the forks through the clamps
SS likely needs to be shortened
The more extreme versions cause the wheel to hit the tank under compression

Shot  :thumleft:

I am looking at the 20mm Kouba link so hopefully that doesn't need too many mods. Rost have good prices but I think the 35mm link is going to be a bit much. Gonna try and pop in there tomorrow anyway because they seem to have even more stuff not listed on the site. Steering damper mount kit is a third of the price quoted by KTM
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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2014, 07:40:27 am »
What's their price on the Steering damper kit?
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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2014, 07:44:48 am »
What's their price on the Steering damper kit?

1019 for the pin assembly and 900 for the bar mount
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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2014, 07:54:51 am »
Thx  :thumleft: I quite like that rear rack of theirs that's modular, very neat  :thumleft:
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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2014, 08:23:59 pm »
Does anybody have one fitted?  How does it affect ground clearance? Handling? Does the side stand need to be shortened?

Lowers ground clearance
Make it more stable and slower steering unless you pull the forks through the clamps
SS likely needs to be shortened
The more extreme versions cause the wheel to hit the tank under compression

Shot  :thumleft:

I am looking at the 20mm Kouba link so hopefully that doesn't need too many mods. Rost have good prices but I think the 35mm link is going to be a bit much. Gonna try and pop in there tomorrow anyway because they seem to have even more stuff not listed on the site. Steering damper mount kit is a third of the price quoted by KTM

What year model is yours?
 

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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2014, 08:44:30 pm »
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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2014, 11:28:05 am »
Dwerg

Bou jou skoensole op of kry van daai 70's platforms.  :peepwall:  dit sal jou 'hip' laat lyk.

Geniet die fiets


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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2014, 06:00:06 pm »
20mm on a 2014 is the most you should lower.  The Richtersveld leg of Amageza needs some clearance
 

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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2014, 06:07:53 pm »
Did lowering link  on my 450 and the bike was just crap. You need to lower front with back.

Rather get an older  690 endure (or Enduro suspension)  if you want to be lower.

Did the 2012 Amageza with an Enduro and clearance was fine.

Learn to ride like that.

One foot is enough.
 

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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2014, 07:19:15 am »
Agree one foot is enough but I battle to get my leg over especially with my offroad boots. Not enough movement in the ankle to tip toe when mounting. I will probably still only manage one foot after doing the link. My forum name is not ironic after all  :-[

Like I said, I'll probably only do it after amageza to make the bike a bit more friendly for regular use in town
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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2014, 03:12:11 pm »
Agree one foot is enough but I battle to get my leg over especially with my offroad boots. Not enough movement in the ankle to tip toe when mounting. I will probably still only manage one foot after doing the link. My forum name is not ironic after all  :-[

Like I said, I'll probably only do it after amageza to make the bike a bit more friendly for regular use in town

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Ek is ook n Kort gat en my HP het aftermarket suspension en 18" agter rim.
 taught myself to start by putting one foot on the peg and pulling off.
Then I just swing the other  foot over as the bike is moving.
Lyk dalk windgat, maar werk moer goed.
I even do it in sand. The more you do it, the easier it gets.
Even with luggage on the back, no problem

Ek sal byvoorbeeld nooit op my bike klim in n parking en probeer  agter uit met voete stoot nie,
Stoot die fiets uit en doen dan windgat mount.

om af te klim is makliker
jean het vir my n ander trick ge leer om vote oor te kry,
Mak handlebars oop Soos n kar deur. Leung Na die Voor Kant van die bike toe met bolyf en swaai been oor.

Try hierdie goed Voor Jy day awsome shocks en suspension ver ander

Shit sien ek tik biekie deurmekaar Eng en Afr maar Jy sal seker verstaan
Hierdie IPad vok alles op wat ek in afr probeer tik
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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2014, 03:40:17 pm »
Dwerg, Gaston didnt have a lowering link  :thumleft: :thumleft: insperation is all you need  :biggrin: oh and huge balls...
« Last Edit: September 07, 2014, 03:41:11 pm by Welsh »
When is this "Old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
 

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Re: 690 Lowering Link questions
« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2014, 06:50:40 pm »
Rolling stone ek ken daai in die ry mount/dismount goed. Pas hom gereeld toe. So ook die bars draai, fiets leun en bors vorentoe en dan been swaai. Maar eks bang ek skeur 'n lies spier man  :lol8:
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