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Old 08-26-2012, 08:48 AM   #3706
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i left the blinker bulb stock since it would only light up with one direction.
Superbrightled has bi directional LED indicator bulbs that will fit the dash and work both ways, that is what I have.
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:07 PM   #3707
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So I just picked up a black 2009 KLR on Saturday with 5800 miles for a steal. It has some brush scratches and some faded plastics that I'm trying to restore. So far I've used Plexus and Novus products but it's really not done what I'm looking for. I'd love to be able to get it back to near show room condition but my guess is I'm looking for a miracle cure.

Any suggestions?
You can always wet sand them as well. Start with 220, then 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, and 2000- keep it plenty wet, it'll shine right back up. Get some good polish to keep it shiny.
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:28 AM   #3708
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My bike had sat a few years in the sun before I purchased in in Jan of this year.

I used fine sandpaper and fine steel wool per the instructions with the plastic restoration kit called plastic renew.

If you like it shiny, I can't be beat!

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Old 08-27-2012, 08:12 AM   #3709
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I had been thinking about this too, but stopped because I thought it wouldn't work. Looking at pictures of the two generations, it looks like the bolts are in different locations. Look at the distance between the rear screw on the side panels and the main bolt on the rack, it's much closer on Gen 2 than on Gen 1. Now, it may be that they moved the side panel's screw because the grab handle is moved, or maybe that large bolt is in a different spot, or both.

Well, there's an easy way to find out: I just took some measurements on my Gen 1 bike, could someone with a Gen 2 bike compare? I got 22.5" from the front screw on the side panels to the main bolt on the rack and 5" (measured horizontally) from that bolt to the small screws that hold the rack down to the subframe.

any other input on this?
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:11 AM   #3710
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STOCK rear suspension links needed, URGENT

Does anyone have a set of stock rear suspension links I could buy? I need them ASAP, and would be happy to paypal the money and would like them shipped, probably Priority Mail so I can get them by Friday.

I just bought a 2007 and it's been lowered. It was lowered by the dealer who the previous owner purchased it from and he didn't get the stock parts when he took delivery of the bike.

PM me.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:00 PM   #3711
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I see this periodically but never an explanation why not. Care to explain? Anybody? Inquiring minds wanna know.

John
They let smaller particles thru and have a much lower carrying capacity than oiled foam.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:11 PM   #3712
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I test rode an older KLR last week. The handlebars were slightly bent. I also noticed that when I apply the front brake, the bike tracks / tilts to one side. It's almost pulling to one side when braking. Does anyone know how this can be fixed?

Also, any suggestions to improve the rear brake? They seemed very weak.
Some amount of pulling is perfectly normal. The forks are flimsy and the single sided rotor causes them to twist.

Rear brake shouldn't be an issue. Pull the pads, sand them with 220 grit, degrease with brake cleaner. Give your rotor a similar treatment. Flush & bleed the system.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:29 PM   #3713
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I see this periodically but never an explanation why not. Care to explain? Anybody? Inquiring minds wanna know.

John
If you ride dirt with a K&N it will eventually clog, and you'll be stuck until you clean the filter enough for the bike to breathe.
I've seen it happen twice.

I suppose you could run them with a Filterskin (pre-filter)
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:47 PM   #3714
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It is a Cee Bailey I think it was about 85.00 on the web. They make it in 3 sizes. The one I have is the 6" over stock, mesured from the top of the stock windscreen.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:04 PM   #3715
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Could really use input on two things.

New KLR owner and not crazy about it's highway capabilities. I know join the club. The sweet spot on this bike seems to be right around 4-4.5k rpms however this is only 60mph. Was wondering if a +1 front sprocket or maybe a -1 rear would help me get closer to 75mph and still be in the sweet spot getting good mpgs. really missing a 6th gear!

planning a 10k+ trip and need to be able to roll highway speeds with myself (185lbs) and 60-65 lbs of gear.

second if anyone has any input on the Bridgestone TW 21 and 22 tires. specially millage and offroad manners. I'm in between getting these or the avon AM24 gripsters.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ront-Tire.aspx

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx
Part of my daily 126 mile commute is 62 miles of interstate boredom. I went up +1 tooth on the front and left the rear stock. At 4500 rpm the bike runs 67 -71 mph depending on the the grade of the road. At 5k (the sweet spot for her) she runs around 75 to 77 and 5500 puts me up over 80 mph. I've gotten it to 101 mph as indicated by the GPS but it wasn't comfortable. Just did a trip to Orlando and back from N. Georgia and she ran interstate comfortably at 80 - 85 mph with no problem.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:24 PM   #3716
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Superbrightled has bi directional LED indicator bulbs that will fit the dash and work both ways, that is what I have.
can i get a link to these please? thanks!
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:36 PM   #3717
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Hey guys,
New here, was turned on to this site by the man I am buying my 04 KLR from. With any luck will pick it up Friday night or Saturday morning. I am so excited and am planning a small road trip for the Labor Day weekend. I am in
New Mexico and so far I am really loving the site. Thanks to all you guys that keep things interesting.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:27 AM   #3718
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My klr is under the impression its a two-stoke but without the power band...... so I'm thinking new piston and ring to stop it burning oil, probably the 705 kit, because it doesn't seem like a lot more coin that the 685.

I was wondering what people recommended as the minimum other engine work that should be done at the same time if I'm mainly after not having to carry an oil can with me but could use a little bit of extra go.

Thanks
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:51 AM   #3719
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Hey guys,
New here, was turned on to this site by the man I am buying my 04 KLR from. With any luck will pick it up Friday night or Saturday morning. I am so excited and am planning a small road trip for the Labor Day weekend. I am in
New Mexico and so far I am really loving the site. Thanks to all you guys that keep things interesting.
Paul

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Old 08-28-2012, 04:56 AM   #3720
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My klr is under the impression its a two-stoke but without the power band...... so I'm thinking new piston and ring to stop it burning oil, probably the 705 kit, because it doesn't seem like a lot more coin that the 685.

I was wondering what people recommended as the minimum other engine work that should be done at the same time if I'm mainly after not having to carry an oil can with me but could use a little bit of extra go.

Thanks
A 685 is all that is needed - unless there are other things that need attention. How many miles on the bike?

I have 32K on my 685 piston/bore - really happy with it. Going to put another 3 k on it next week!
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