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Old 06-09-2008, 09:08 AM   #631
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My new '08 KLR

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I dont have luck with the search feature, but i hope some of you KLR guys can help. I'm looking into buying a 650 and Possibly going toward a 08 KLR. Are there many performance upgrades for them? I dont see any with aftermarket exhaust that wan't "home made". Anyone have any pics of newer ones with performance upgrades?
DirtHopper,
Almost everything on my '08 KLR60 has been swapped out for better and lighter aftermarket parts. Everything from the wheels to the turnsignals has been changed. Too date, I have removed almost 30lbs of weight from from the bike. I then added some crash protection but the bike is still down almost 30lbs on weight from where it would have been otherwise. The stock exhaust was ditched in favor of a Big Gun Evo X complete system. All the baffles are in place, so no it's not loud at all. Other performance additions include a Moose Racing airfilter, and a Moose (Dynojet) jet kit. The airbox is still stock, for now. 10lbs of the weight removed, came from the exhaust system, the stock lead acid battery, and the stock steel handlebars. Moose Racing aluminum bars and a Westco gel battery replace the heavy stock parts. The rest of the weight was in the form of passenger pegs, a multitude of steel brackets that weren't needed and heavy stock parts. This may seem pointless with the additions of crashbars and extras but dropping weight means the bike will not labor as much getting up to speed. Less weight is the same as a performance boost. We all know this, I'm just going over what I did.

This bike works very well. The improvements in the '08 make interstate riding much better than on the previous model. The money saved on the purchase price (I paid $4895 OTD for mine) make any mods you want on a KLR affordable. My future additions include a 685 or 705cc engine kit and Stage 2 head from Schnitz Racing next Winter. I also have a rear Moose Racing sprocket and 520 FB chain on order. A new 16T front sprocket from Sprocket Specialties is also on the way. The bike also has SW-Motech pannier rack and Pelican Cases will be used on the racks. I had to modify the SW-Motech mounts, exhaust and turnsignals to work with the racks. It's a much cleaner look and it lost about 4lbs in the process.

Overall, I love the bike!

SamM





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Old 06-09-2008, 09:39 AM   #632
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Yes, the bike is fairly clean is the first ictures. Here's what it looks like today. I have never washed it. Well, once at a carwash but it didn't really get clean.

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Old 06-09-2008, 10:32 AM   #633
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man, you'd have to pull off every piece of plastic to get that bike really clean. even then I doubt it possible.
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Old 06-09-2008, 05:55 PM   #634
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:45 PM   #635
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:05 PM   #636
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DirtHopper,
Almost everything on my '08 KLR60 has been swapped out for better and lighter aftermarket parts. Everything from the wheels to the turnsignals has been changed. Too date, I have removed almost 30lbs of weight from from the bike. I then added some crash protection but the bike is still down almost 30lbs on weight from where it would have been otherwise. The stock exhaust was ditched in favor of a Big Gun Evo X complete system. All the baffles are in place, so no it's not loud at all. Other performance additions include a Moose Racing airfilter, and a Moose (Dynojet) jet kit. The airbox is still stock, for now. 10lbs of the weight removed, came from the exhaust system, the stock lead acid battery, and the stock steel handlebars. Moose Racing aluminum bars and a Westco gel battery replace the heavy stock parts. The rest of the weight was in the form of passenger pegs, a multitude of steel brackets that weren't needed and heavy stock parts. This may seem pointless with the additions of crashbars and extras but dropping weight means the bike will not labor as much getting up to speed. Less weight is the same as a performance boost. We all know this, I'm just going over what I did.

This bike works very well. The improvements in the '08 make interstate riding much better than on the previous model. The money saved on the purchase price (I paid $4895 OTD for mine) make any mods you want on a KLR affordable. My future additions include a 685 or 705cc engine kit and Stage 2 head from Schnitz Racing next Winter. I also have a rear Moose Racing sprocket and 520 FB chain on order. A new 16T front sprocket from Sprocket Specialties is also on the way. The bike also has SW-Motech pannier rack and Pelican Cases will be used on the racks. I had to modify the SW-Motech mounts, exhaust and turnsignals to work with the racks. It's a much cleaner look and it lost about 4lbs in the process.

Overall, I love the bike!

SamM





Thanks for the imput, and bump for a nice lookin' KLR
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Old 06-09-2008, 11:39 PM   #637
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Dirtard

It was not so much knocking down the tire size as "widening" the tires for sand and rock... you only loose 1/2" in ht. going from a stock-21 to a 120/90-18. Yes it is a little squirrelier at high speeds because of the changes in fork angles but it is a KLR and does not really go that fast.... but in the sand it is soooo much fun.
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Old 06-10-2008, 05:15 AM   #638
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Looks pretty badass too, Cabo!
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:52 AM   #639
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I want to do the 18" front wheel mod for that very reason, sand. And if "you know who" decides to market his fork tube extenders(fork caps) I'll probably buy those to get the front end rake back.
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:14 AM   #640
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I need a new pair of handlebars

Ok, I got the bike Wednesday; on Thursday I stick it into a blackberry batch after getting a little squirrely in a water crossing, I now have bent bars!

Recommendations please.
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:02 AM   #641
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Ok, I got the bike Wednesday; on Thursday I stick it into a blackberry batch after getting a little squirrely in a water crossing, I now have bent bars!

Recommendations please.
don't do that again.
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:38 AM   #642
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+1 But if you DO do it again, have yourself some good aluminum bars on there. The ProTaper SE ATV Mid rise bars are pretty popular for the KLR. Or even the CR Hi in the fat bars.
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Old 08-29-2008, 02:30 AM   #643
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Thank you, but I can't take the credit for it. I stole the idea from FreeTheBeast who had one on his GS. It did come in handy this past weekend...



...along with this new rack from Micatech. Went on a little campout over in Vermont - plenty of room for gear.
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Old 08-31-2008, 01:47 PM   #644
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bulb replacement question

do i need to take the whole front cowling off to replace the headlight bulb? I can't get the thing out of there with it on...
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Old 08-31-2008, 03:13 PM   #645
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Yes, you need to take the front cowling off but it isn't a big deal. There are two nuts that hold the turn signals on and, I think 3 other screws or nuts. It is pretty simple. It's been awhile since I first removed my cowling but replace any phillips screw with a bolt. The hardeware store will have them. The phillips strip out and next time you will whine. Don't forget the blue loctite when you put the 3 bolts back in.
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