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post #1 of 7 Old 04-21-2017, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
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Lowering Links

So I just bought a 2006 vstrom 650 that has been lowered and I desperately need it back to stock height. Does this require a stock set of links or can I just remove the lowering links? I am not very mechanically inclined and this is my first bike. Thank you in advance for the advice and help.

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-21-2017, 08:00 AM
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You have to replace the links. Go here for a description of the process. It's pretty simple.

DL650 and Gen 1 DL1000 Raising/Lowering Link Instructions - AdventureTech, LLC.

I suggest listing the links for trade for a stock set here on Stromtrooper. I expect someone out there will be happy to swap you even.
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The links are the two arms below the rear shock(see part #13 in the diagram):
2006 Suzuki V-Strom (DL650) REAR CUSHION LEVER | Babbitts Suzuki Partshouse

Stock links are 140mm center to center. Longer links aka dogbones lower the bike. Yes, you will need to replace them with either oem length or you can go shorter to even raise the rear of the bike further. Rick sells both shorter and longer:
Gen 1 and 2 DL650 and Gen 1 DL1000 - AdventureTech, LLC.

I'm 6'4 w/36" inseam and raised the rear by 3/4" with 133mm bones. I can still flat foot so I could have gone higher, but then I would need to mod the centerstand. As it is now, with new tires on I can barely turn them when up on the stand.

I have a pair of oem bones you can have if I can find them.

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post #4 of 7 Old 04-23-2017, 12:19 AM
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I just put a set of Rick's Adventuretech lowering links on my 06. I have the stock set if you need some. Send me a email.

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Make that a Pmail. Auto-correct strikes again!

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post #6 of 7 Old 04-23-2017, 12:41 AM
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It's not just the links tho ...the suspension may have been altered as well and that needs to go back to stock.


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There are a number of threads on the forum about raising and lowering the bike. You can also raise the front forks to match, using longer spacers in the fork tubes. Probably not needed with less than an inch over stock in the back. Some riders lower the front and leave the rear stock for quicker cornering response. If you raise the rear, it's about the same thing. You can also get a taller seat. or a seat pad with beads or sheepskin. It all raises the seating position. Have fun with it. Bobby
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