link will lower the rear 1.0" on the 00-01 model, and approx. 1.5" on the
02-up models when using the Honda recommended race sag. (See chart below.)
The CRF250/450 also uses this link, therefore the CRF3 engraving.
1. Raise the motorcycle with a bike
stand, milk crate, etc., so the rear wheel is just slightly off the ground.
Remove the two 19mm socket sized nuts that hold the "H" link to the rocker
and the engine cradle and push the front link mounting bolt out the left
side. The lower chain roller comes out with the front bolt. Then remove
the rear mounting bolt. The swingarm may need to be raised slightly to
allow the rear bolt head to clear the chain.
2. When installing the Kouba Links,
(engraving to the outside/bearing end to the front) be sure the 90 degree
grease fitting is facing down and should be centered between the link side
plates. Engraving will be readable on the right side. (Left side engraving
will be up side down and backwards.)
3. Remove the center sleeve from
the OEM link and install it into the new link. Be sure you put the
2 step washers from the OEM link on the ends inside the seals after installing
the center sleeve. Line up the rear link mounting holes with the hole in
the rocker and push the rear mounting bolt in from the left side.
(You may have to raise the swingarm for the bolt head to clear the chain.)
Next, line up the bearing end of the link inside the front mounting brackets
and push the mounting bolt, with the chain roller on the end, in from the
left side. (You will have to raise the swingarm to line up these
mounting holes.) Replace both the 19mm socket sized nuts and and
torque them to 35 lb-ft.
4. For the best performance, set
the race sag (amount of vertical movement of the rear axle FROM no weight
to bike weight plus rider weight) at 3.10 inches with rider in full riding
gear, standing on the pegs. Slide the fork tubes up until they barely clear
the bottom of the stock bars, or no more than 3/8 inch showing below the
standard line. If the links are for lowering purposes ONLY, sag can be
set at 3.90", and will lower the rear of the bike 1.0" to 1.5" depending
on the year model. The easiest way we have found to adjust the rear spring
preload is to use a long punch to loosen the top jam nut from the right
side and grasp the spring at the bottom and turn the spring and the nut
at the same time. Turning the spring/nut clockwise increases the preload
and decreases the sag. Do not forget to tighten the jam nut with the punch
after setting the sag.
5. The front forks can be slid up
in the triple clamps approx. .375 inches until they contact the handlebars
for lowering of the front. **IMPORTANT! Top triple clamp bolt torque
= 17 lb-ft. Bottom triple clamp bolt torque = 14 lb-ft. Disclaimer:
Lowering the rear more than the front will change the geometry and could
affect handling so be careful out there.
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does for your suspension, please tell everyone, if you
do not, please tell us.
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