Fits: 2000-up BMW
F/650GS/Dakar Fuel Injected Models. Including the 08-up G650GS Singles
& 2012-up G650
(Covers - 0" stock replacement links, 1" lowering links, and 2" lowering
fit any of the BMW twins. :-(
only recommend the 2" lowering links for the Dakar models & lighter
non-aggressive riders as they allow the tire to rub when the rear is near
bottoming. The 1" lowereing links work fine on the factory lowered
F650GS & G650GS single cylinder models. **
on the linkless rear suspension on the 09-up F650GS twin.
1. Raise the motorcycle with the
center stand or milk crate, etc., so the rear wheel is just slightly off
the ground. Remove the 18 mm nut that holds the lower end of the links
to the rocker and push the 18 mm headed bolt out the right side.
You may have to lift up on the rear wheel slightly to allow that bolt to
slide out freely.
2. Next remove the upper link mounting
bolts by loosening the 16mm nuts and removing the 14 mm headed bolt from
both link mounts. Pull down on the links while rocking them back
and forth to remove them from between the mounts. Before installing
the new links be sure and grease both link bearings and the one on the
rocker that is still located on the bike. *(None of our BMW links
come with the center race/sleeve, but can be ordered either from us or
from BMW for approx. $6.00 each.) Be sure to remove the original
center sleeves from the stock links and reinstall them into the new links
before going on to step 3.
3. Now that the stock links are
removed, install the Koubalinks in reverse order of the removal of the
stock links, big end up, with the engraving to the outside. Right
link will have the grease fitting facing the rear and the left link will
have the fitting facing the front. After pushing the big ends up
inside the mounts on the swing arm, install the upper mounting bolts from
the outside and torque their 16 mm nuts to approx. 30 lb-ft.
4. Raise the rear wheel until the
small end link holes line up with the hole in the rocker and install the
18mm headed bolt from the right side, install the 18mm nut and torque it
to approx. 30 lb-ft.
5. Depending on which KoubaLinks
you have, determines how much the rear is being lowered, so keep in mind
if you lower the rear one inch etc., to maintain the same geometry (if
desired) the front would require approx. the same amount of lowering. Do
not slide the front fork tubes up in the triple clamps more than necessary,
as on some models the fender or the tire could come in contact with the
horn or the bottom of the triple clamps. Disclaimer: Sliding the fork tubes
up less than a full 2 inches is preferred.
***Thanks to Jay S in W.V.
for this center stand info. "The other day I went ahead and installed
a center stand from a standard height f650gs on my Dakar with your 2" KoubaLink
and it worked perfectly".
For more info. on lowering the F650's,
here are some links to the F650.com Chain Gang archive files:
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 email address below and are always
interested in your questions or comments.
Ordering information and pricing can be found on our ORDER