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Old 01-21-2013, 12:58 PM   #4846
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What are some of the most important upgrades for highway use with a 1989?
Mostly maintenance related but the pre 96 engines you want to keep an eye on the stock Doo (I'd just upgrade and be done) and by 20K miles I'd upgrade the balancer sprockets to post 96 design. The earlier versions were multipiece designs that are/were well known to come apart with higher mileage. If you ride in colder weather and/or for short distances a Thermobob is a good upgrade.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:59 PM   #4847
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What are some of the most important upgrades for highway use with a 1989?
Better seat
Better windshield
Throttle lock
Good tires
Check/adjust steering head bearings
Good oil and a few pounds of air in the forks

That's on top of all the 'usual' KLR stuff.

hmmmm.... not much really.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:27 PM   #4848
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And a 16-tooth counter-sprocket, maybe.

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Old 01-21-2013, 05:54 PM   #4849
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I've had good luck by heating with a Mapp gas torch, then placing a chunk of
hard wood on the ding. I then hit the wood block with a 3-pound hammer. Just don't
strike the rim directly with a hammer! Usually when I finish, it's hard to tell where
the damage was... (oh yeah...first remove the wheel from the bike and then remove
the tire!)
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1. Is it causing the bike to shake or behave like it is out of balance?

Assuming "No" then the KLR solution is a big ass rubber mallet. Congratulations on your new character mark!
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Contact Woody's Wheel Works. They are a supporter here. Great people but more important great work. They fixed an rim for me and I couldn't even tell it was never bent.
While working on the wheel - check you spoke tension too. That is a part of regular PM that most neglect.
All good tip and thanks.

I guess as long as the spokes are still tight and the wobble is not too bad then I continue riding it in the short run?

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Old 01-21-2013, 05:57 PM   #4850
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How many miles is too many for an '08 KLR? I'm looking at one with with 20,000 miles on it, includes a centerstand and highway pegs (I would be getting the centerstand anyway) that looks like it was mostly ridden on the road. It is the first one I've looked at that shows no signs of being dropped or thrashed. It is a private seller, one owner, BUT, nothing has been done to fix the doohickey or the frame bolts, or the oil burning issue. It runs and sounds good, and I could not tell that it was burning oil. Seller wants $3250. Claims it has been well maintained, and the oil was new. Sounds a bit high for 20,000 miles, but this is AZ, and bike prices are higher here than many other places.
I agree with the others. I have 20K on my 09 and would buy another with 20K on it. The chain may need replacing by that mileage.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:37 PM   #4851
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What air filter set up are you guys using? I'm using K&N and I'm not too happy with it. Pulled the carb today and was kinda surprised at how nasty it was inside.

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Old 01-21-2013, 06:45 PM   #4852
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Tore my bike down because it's 19 degrees outside right now. 22 cent mod, oxford grips, measured and adjusted valves, replaced choke plunger plastic piece I broke, drilled air box and threw in some 1" uni filters in place of the L mod. The latter mostly because I'm bored and itching to ride.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:48 PM   #4853
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What air filter set up are you guys using? I'm using K&N and I'm not too happy with it. Pulled the carb today and was kinda surprised at how nasty it was inside.

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Stock flows better than k&n on this filter, and Uni flows better than stock. Both do a good job at cleaning the air. You will need to source a stock filter cage and wing nut to go with it.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:02 PM   #4854
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Stock flows better than k&n on this filter, and Uni flows better than stock. Both do a good job at cleaning the air. You will need to source a stock filter cage and wing nut to go with it.
picking a good air filter is not all about airflow with motorcycles. its about how well the filter seals and filters air. Personaly i like the no toil and uni filters. Either one you run it needs to be oiled well and use a filter seal grease between the filter and the airbox.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:10 PM   #4855
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What air filter set up are you guys using? I'm using K&N and I'm not too happy with it. Pulled the carb today and was kinda surprised at how nasty it was inside.

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Old 01-21-2013, 09:17 PM   #4856
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How many miles is too many for an '08 KLR? I'm looking at one with with 20,000 miles on it, includes a centerstand and highway pegs (I would be getting the centerstand anyway) that looks like it was mostly ridden on the road. It is the first one I've looked at that shows no signs of being dropped or thrashed. It is a private seller, one owner, BUT, nothing has been done to fix the doohickey or the frame bolts, or the oil burning issue. It runs and sounds good, and I could not tell that it was burning oil. Seller wants $3250. Claims it has been well maintained, and the oil was new. Sounds a bit high for 20,000 miles, but this is AZ, and bike prices are higher here than many other places.
Gee. You USAmericans have it good. $3250!!! At todays exchange rates that's about $AU3080....

Down here in Aus I bought an 08 KLR for $AU5300 (ie about $US5600 )a couple of months ago, and that is NORMAL, if not slightly better than normal....

it had just over 10,000 miles on it and no oil in the engine, but it does run well and it has some good basic farkles....
so no complaints about your price
oh yeah and we in australia don't have easy access to eagle mikes or 685 or 705s so in the US the KLR is an even better deal again!!!
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:20 PM   #4857
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What air filter set up are you guys using? I'm using K&N and I'm not too happy with it. Pulled the carb today and was kinda surprised at how nasty it was inside.

Fido
Most people on the forum seem to like the UNI filter. I am using the UNI filter also and give it a my recommendation but I think the stock filter has performed well. If I was given a choice between the UNI and stock, I would go with the UNI.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:23 PM   #4858
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What air filter set up are you guys using? I'm using K&N and I'm not too happy with it. Pulled the carb today and was kinda surprised at how nasty it was inside.

Fido
what's wrong with the K&N air filter on the KLR????
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:26 PM   #4859
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what's wrong with the K&N air filter on the KLR????

A lotta' the "performance" filters (not just K&N) are pretty notorious for not "filtering" a helluva' lot.

Probably not the best choice for a dualsport...


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Old 01-21-2013, 09:30 PM   #4860
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A lotta' the "performance" filters (not just K&N) are pretty notorious for not "filtering" a helluva' lot.

Probably not the best choice for a dualsport...


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Hmmm, interesting. Any actual comparisons across filters?

I just googled UNI filter and see that they look entirely different from the K&N that is currently on my bike, more a sponge than the cage type.
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