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Old 01-15-2012, 09:41 AM   #736
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If you can't weld or don't want to, you are screwed IMHO in means to build a solid rear pannier that won't vibrate loose while on an adventure IMHO. Save up the coin and buy either a good secondhand unit or buy the strongest on the market, a PackRat system. $250 iirc. Sorry. Also look for mermite boxes instead of those heavy ammo cans.....mermites are super light and do require a bit of work but you won't be sorry. I have a set and they are almost indestructable.
I ride a Pack Rat Adventure Gear pannier mount with 50mm ammo cases and they hold up really well even if you dump the hard bike on a trail.

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Old 01-15-2012, 09:53 AM   #737
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I agree they are a good option (lightweight and caverous), but they are destructable. They are oversized tin cans, afterall. I was sorry to see mine permanently retired last summer.


I'd be crying in my soup if they were mine! I have never seen a pair smashed up like yours....what happened? I also use a strengthener plate where they attach to the packRat pannier rack, just for my piece of mind. The first time I loaded them up with stupid weight I noticed they flexed when I leaned on them to find out how strong they were. I have come off at 80 on the Dempster and they only took a scratch, no dents.....I guess I was lucky....damn!
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:55 AM   #738
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I ride a Pack Rat Adventure Gear pannier mount with 50mm ammo cases and they hold up really well even if you dump the hard bike on a trail.

Here is a thread on a similar discussion:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=699883

Yep those are the ones we used to use when off roading in our Jeeps etc. Totally indestructable but heavy!!!
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:39 AM   #739
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If you have the means, you can go cheap. I use side racks I built out of EMT and some flat stock. (Take precausions when welding galvanized). Discounting the tube bender ($25) and a HF TIG wleder ($129) the cost was under $5 for material. They could mount hard panniers, but I use dry bags. Very happy with the results. Dry bags are less than $15 each - I use 3 31L bags and about $15 worth of straps. But you get what you pay for and these are not pro-quality racks, but totally serviceable for me.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:42 AM   #740
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I'd be crying in my soup if they were mine! I have never seen a pair smashed up like yours....what happened? I also use a strengthener plate where they attach to the packRat pannier rack, just for my piece of mind. The first time I loaded them up with stupid weight I noticed they flexed when I leaned on them to find out how strong they were. I have come off at 80 on the Dempster and they only took a scratch, no dents.....I guess I was lucky....damn!
I biffed several times on my solo TAT trip last summer. The bottom of my left side can peeled open and it collected water and dirt for many miles.

They might have handled it better if I had a more robust rack and mounts. I had to get the rack welded in Salida.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:58 AM   #741
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If you have the means, you can go cheap. I use side racks I built out of EMT and some flat stock. (Take precausions when welding galvanized). Discounting the tube bender ($25) and a HF TIG wleder ($129) the cost was under $5 for material. They could mount hard panniers, but I use dry bags. Very happy with the results. Dry bags are less than $15 each - I use 3 31L bags and about $15 worth of straps. But you get what you pay for and these are not pro-quality racks, but totally serviceable for me.
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:06 PM   #742
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:19 PM   #743
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Looks great!



BTW - Some KLR's burn oil, some do not. It doesn't matter if it's an 08 or 11. Nothing has been changed. Most of it has to do with the rpm's you're turning.
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:01 PM   #744
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still fighting a lean ping problem but come hell or high-water I'm going to fix it this year.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:53 PM   #745
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:06 PM   #746
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Voldog, right there where you took that pic....was the gate closed where the road goes on up to lake Canasauga? And what about the road on to Murray's lake....was it open too?



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Old 01-15-2012, 09:37 PM   #747
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That is top gun. They make a bunch of different springs for the klr.

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Old 01-15-2012, 09:57 PM   #748
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I restuffed my old KLR seat with memory foam to make it comfy. Now I found a good used Corbin seat...I like em both. I restuffed the stock one with memory foam in all the right places. The Corbin is custom in between dished and flat. The Corbin of course is wider esp. the back half.

If anyone wants either one shoot me an offer. They are both used but both are in great shape and far more comfy than stock. If nobody wants the Corbin, I will restuff the middle with memory foam and keep it.

The stock seat pan is plastic with plastic mounting points and the cover is held with staples. The Corbin seat pan is fiberglass with metal mounting points and the cover is riveted on.
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:16 PM   #749
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.. yessir ..

.. they are not easy to come by, but if you can hunt down a USMC take-off they are set up with approx. a 500lb progressive spring that works great for us big guys .. especially if you also add a set of 1" RAISING links to the rear end (the USMC shock is about 1/2" shorter than the stock KLR shock) ..

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I recall a post somewhere about a company that will install stiffer springs on stock rear KLR shocks but I can't remember the name of the company. The stock shocks are optimized for a 160 pound rider and I tip the scales at about 250 before breakfast!
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:30 PM   #750
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Voldog, right there where you took that pic....was the gate closed where the road goes on up to lake Canasauga? And what about the road on to Murray's lake....was it open too?



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68 closed too.....
Went back out to Mill Creek and old 2, peavine, big frog to copperhill back 5 to ellijay and home sweet home 201 miles 9am to 5 pm Had a blast ! Thanks Keith for the invite.
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