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Old 04-04-2011, 02:30 PM   #1
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Default Help, handlebar risers?

I want to switch to a set of bars and sit up a little straighter.

I can't seem to find a vendor for any options for an '06 600 Kat. I just got an email back from spiegler and they said they don't make a kit.

Any body know anyone else, or have any good methods of doing a home job. I want it to be safe and proper.

I have seen a couple good set ups for 750's but they have different triple trees.

Lemme know, thanks in advance.
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:38 PM   #2
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Swap to the 750 tree, the bars are already like 2" higher on the 750s.
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but personaly I dont see a point in a 1000 you can get the same power from a properly tuned 600 with less weight and better handeling.
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Hmm, now I'm wondering if that kit is enough.

Thank you, I'll think on that.
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No steel braid brake lines in the store?
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:08 PM   #7
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Convertibars if you can afford it.

http://www.convertibars.com/Products...+Next+Step%21+




I have a set and they are great. Infinitely adjustable. I bought mine used.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:06 PM   #8
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Hello.

I've looked into doing this as well. I like the idea of the convertibars, but they are a bit too expensive for my tastes, and to be honest, I know I'd somehow screw those up, and get them so they weren't even. And if I did, then as soon as I'd want to readjust them, then they wouldn't be even. But then, I don't have them, and they may be much easier to get even than I would believe.

I also looked into the aluminum blocks, but it seemed too mundane. Besides, I redid my forks, and have Tmod's adjuster caps on them.

So this was what I had figured on going with.

http://www.woodcraft-cfm.com/cgi-bin...&category=OOOX

As far as I know, you'd have to drop the forks through the upper tripple just a tad so the clamp on brackets could sit on top of the tripple tree. But my idea with this is since they have the separate piece that gives the rise and holds the bars, you could buy more plates. Put on taller plates for that long ride to the rally, or where ever you're going, and then swap on shorter plates for a sportier ride. I even emailed the company asking if you can get just the riser plates, and they said sure thing.

I have NOT done this, so I can't vouch for anything. I know they sell the fork clamps in the size of our Kat forks. I ended up doing other mods for now. I still plan on doing this though.
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OK,

BUT!

Why does it look like both of those Kats are lowered?? It doesn't look like I have that much fork tube sticking up at stock ride height.
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Well, when you take off the existing clip-on mounts, then you'd have a bit of fork tube above the top triple. You would need to lower the front somewhere around half an inch. Don't quote me on that, it's an approximation.

Right now, without doing anything to the clip-ons on my 06 600, I have the front lowered, and the rear raised a tad. It gives quicker turn in, but you don't want to go making drastic changes. The Kats are really stable in part due to the angle of the forks. I changed my setup for quicker steering, and it still seems fairly stable, but before I got used to it, it seemed a little twitchy. That's with dropping the front .5" and raising the rear just around 1.25". When I was looking at dropping the front, I put a zip tie around the forks, and then tried to bottom out the suspension. I think my not too exact measurement was that the front could be lowered around .75" before the lower triple would bottom out against the fork seals.
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