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Lowered V hitting Hugger

After lowering my bike, the undertail section hit the hugger going over bumps. The hugger has rub marks on the top, the undertail section has rub marks on it. The hugger cracked, too. I only had the preload on 2, which worked prior to lowering it. I'm thinking if I crank it back up to 4 or so, it should solve the problem? I'm not that heavy! Anyone else have this issue?
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Preload will raise the bike. Compression Damping will keep it from travelling as far.

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Does the shock have compression damping? Thought it only had rebound. I'll have to RTFM again!

Edit, looked at specs. No compression adjustment. Hopefully raising it with increased preload will work.

Just wondering if anyone else who has lowered their bike with Speedy's link or any other link has had the bike hit bumps and compress enough to hit the hugger.

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It only has rebound damping adjustment, beside spring preload.
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It only has rebound damping adjustment, beside spring preload.
Bummer having budget suspension isn't it. Once you have ridden a bike with quality suspension all other bikes are a compromise.

What really sucks is that I thought I was getting good suspension on the KLX250S. It is better than the OEM KLR650 Suspension, but no where near as good as the Cogent Moab rear shock and racetech parts I put in the front fork.

The Versys suspension works OK for how I ride the bike, but can't take railroad crossing the way I could on the KLR.

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I lowered my 09 V, initially, with Speedy's lowering link. Then, later, I added HyperPro progressive springs, front and rear, to lower the bike another 1.25". So, after lowering the bike a total of around 2", I never had a problem. I know the progressive springs reduce the front-end dive when braking hard. Perhaps they do something similar on the rear too.
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I lowered my 09 V, initially, with Speedy's lowering link. Then, later, I added HyperPro progressive springs, front and rear, to lower the bike another 1.25". So, after lowering the bike a total of around 2", I never had a problem. I know the progressive springs reduce the front-end dive when braking hard. Perhaps they do something similar on the rear too.
Good to know, thanks. I've increased the preload from 2 to 5. It doesn't seem to be hitting now, I'll have to find some bigger bumps to be sure! Rides a bit rougher, of course, but tolerable. There are probably other huggers that don't stick up as much as the Pyramid too.

Yeah, stock suspension, ugh. My trackbikes over the years have had full upgrades front and rear (Ohlins 20mm kits in the front, either Ohlins or Penske shocks in the rear), and were properly set up with the correct sag, rebound, and compression. So I too know what good suspension should feel like. For the street riding I'm doing, the Versys is tolerable. For now. Maybe an upgrade is in the future. A progressive spring, or whole new shock...
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FYI, later on after I had used the progressive (lowering) spring on the rear - with Speedy's lowering kit - I replaced it all with HyperPro's 2" lowering racing shock. It has compression damping (hi and low speed), rebound damping and pre-load adjustment. I set the adjustments as the instructions directed, and the ride improved even more. For my riding (mostly back roads, sometimes a bit rough) the ride is very comfortable. The shock is pricey, but it has worked great for me.
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Thanks, that's good to know!

Where did you purchase and what model? TIA

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...Maybe an upgrade is in the future. A progressive spring, or whole new shock...
Check the threads on putting a Yamaha R1 shock on. Both my Vs have them - VERY nice...!


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Hmmm, that sounds like a good option as well, thanks!
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I got my HyperPro shock from EPM. Link: http://www.epmperf.com/
Talk to Klaus. The model of the HyperPro shock is KAD6-3AG. They will build it for up to a 2" (50mm) lower seat height.
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I got my HyperPro shock from EPM. Link: http://www.epmperf.com/
Talk to Klaus. The model of the HyperPro shock is KAD6-3AG. They will build it for up to a 2" (50mm) lower seat height.
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