1. Raise the
motorcycle with a bike stand, milk crate, etc., so the rear wheel is just
slightly off the ground. Remove the two 19 mm nuts that hold the
links to the rocker and the swingarm, and push the bolts out the left side.
Sometimes the swingarm needs to be raised to allow the bolt head on the
swingarm end to clear the chain, so remove the bolt from the rocker end
first and the swingarm end second.
2. When installing the
Kouba links everything is in the reverse order of the removal of the stock
links. On the swingarm end you should have a steel flat washer, then the
aluminum spacer washer (included with the Kouba Links) and then the new
links with the engraving to the outside and readable. Torque the mounting
bolt nuts to between 60-87 ft-lbs.
3. For the best ride set
the sag (amount of vertical movement of the rear axle FROM no weight TO
bike weight plus rider weight) at 2.5" inches with all the lengths of the
DR350 KoubaLinks, with rider in full riding gear, standing on the pegs.
If the links are for lowering purposes ONLY, sag is set at 3.75", and will
lower the rear of the bike approx. 2.0" with the DR #3 links, 1.75” with
the DR #2 links and 1.5" with the DR #1 links. The front forks can
be slid up in the triple clamps until they contact the handlebars.
For additional lowering of the front, a second set of the top halves of
the handlebar clamps can be installed under the bars and tightened with
3/4" longer bolts. That will allow the forks to be slid up an additional
3/4", but is not recommend as the tire could hit the fender when fully
compressed if they are slid up too far.
the rear more than the front and visa versa will change the geometry and
could affect handling, so be careful out there.
4. For the stock DR and
DRS shock, set the compression clicker/adjustor (on the canister) to 1/2
turn in from full soft. On the DR dirt only model and the 98 and 99 DRS
model, set the rebound clicker at 1/2 turn out from full hard. (No rebound
clicker on the pre 98 "S" models.) If bottoming is a problem, try turning
the compression adjuster in/hard. If that is not enough, a stiffer spring
may be required.
setting are just a starting point and may not be the best for everyone,
so experiment with them and find the best settings for you and the conditions.
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.
For more info on all kinds
of things for the DR350, here is a link to an interesting web-site devoted
to the DR350: Thanks Jim Nugent http://web.archive.org/web/20091018220829/http://geocities.com/just4suzzy/97_DR350SEV.html
Ordering info. and pricing
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