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Old 12-24-2012, 03:36 PM   #61
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Fatallybitten,

Thanks for the support.

I hope a can find a good suspension solution.

For the subframe bolt i got an engine guard that mounts to that subframe bolt and mike said he thinks its nice and strong. Does anyone know of the bottom arm of the subframe failing? The bolt on one side vibrated out on me once and the whole think got really bendy. I got a bolt and the hardware store and cut it to length to makes sure it didn't hit the chain.
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:49 PM   #62
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Good info

Here is what happened to one of the inmates on his KLR http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...659820&page=34 Its good for you to read the hole RR because he has couple of failures on KLR that you like to see!
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:40 AM   #63
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Just a thought...
When you are replacing the chain and sprocket. Be careful how you adjust it. Too much tension will really screw up the seals for the front sprocket. Then you will be using lots of oil.
Good luck to you on your continued journeys.
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:22 PM   #64
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Scott good advice with the chain. I find it much easier to check the chain slack all the way around with a center stand.

Today I made a big parts order from Rocky mountain atv mc. After these parts I should be set for lots of adventure going into mexico and further south. I got shinko 705 tires, new cheap primary drive chain and sprocket (i hope they are good), a uni filter and spray oil ( i will try washing it with dish soap), all balls front and rear wheel bearing (i hope i can replace them myself without special tools)

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Old 12-27-2012, 01:34 AM   #65
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While you have the bike in pieces, greasing the rear suspension linkages is advised. At the factory they use about a teaspoon full of grease spread among all the bearings. A long term fix is to put in grease nipples but not essential if you don't mind pulling it all apart now and then.

There are a couple of holes in the lower frame where the long bolt goes through (the bolt behind the plastic caps adjacent to the footrests). I'm not sure of the intended purpose for these holes but they sure do let water in, and once this bolt corrodes into place it can be a hell of a job getting it out.

http://www.klr650.marknet.us/Swingarm_Maint.pdf refers to the Gen 1 bikes but it's pretty much the same with the Gen 2s

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Old 12-29-2012, 04:36 PM   #66
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Kiwi i will try and grease the swing arm.

Yesterday I got my parts i ordered. I love getting inexpensive bike parts online. We will try and do this in other countries to save money. It should be a long time till i need new parts. I am going to drive a couple of hundred kilometer into the desert and back for a new years part with some off road bmw riders. Then when I get back the first week of January I will install the parts and head to Mexico.

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Old 12-29-2012, 05:55 PM   #67
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I did not know it would be so hard to get the shock. Ok maybe I should get a stiffe.r spring. Do you know where i can buy a rear spring for the KLR? Can i do this work myself.
Get a heavier spring and a rear shock rebuild kit and some front fork seals. You have quite the load there. I think this would take some of your worries away.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:08 PM   #68
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Happy trails is in Boise, Idaho.

If you are still in San Diego, I would talk to the Dual sport club you were dealing with or Eagle Mike about your shock and get their advice about what direction to go on it.

But, you have come this far on the stock shock, if you are happy with it you can always just continue on till it needs service.
Stock shocks are cheap too,as long as you can get one mailed to you wherever you are, or aquire one locally.

Also, understand that any after market shock is going to need service and develope seal leaks also, sometimes sooner than a stock shock.
When you get to Central America and south the roads can be pretty rough in places. In Mexico the roads are usually pretty good if you stay on the main highways, I do not know your route but you will come upon a lot of topes (Speed Bumps) and I mean alot. They sometimes come out of nowhere. It is a lot easier to get what you need or done here in the US and cheaper too. Labor is cheaper but parts are a lot more expensive. At the least get a heavier spring with your load i don't think you are going to have to worry about excessive pogo effect.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:11 PM   #69
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Does anyone know when a chain and sprockets are really dead? Like can't go more than 600miles and it will fail. I will post pictures of my hooking drive sprocket soon.

I have to replace my chain soon and probinly should before mexico. We got 16,000 miles so far on the chain with our overloaded 1,100lb bike.

Does anyone know what the stock chain and sprocket are for the 2011 klr650? Where is the cheapest place to find them?

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Old 12-29-2012, 07:59 PM   #70
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I am doing the chain/sprockets and tires. i don't think i will have enough time for the shocks. I am trying to find a way to get it done.

I am actually surprised that the bike has made it this far with some of the crazy roads we ride on.

Thanks for the advice and please keep following our adventure.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:13 PM   #71
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It looks like we have a couchsurfing host in Ensenada for the end of next week.

Looks like its time to travel into Mexico. I am looking forward to more adventurous travel.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:19 AM   #72
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I am getting a hand installing the trail master tires and the chain/sprocket today. I am just going to drive to someone's house with all my parts and he is going to get me a hand.



So many people are helping us our on the trip its really amazing. I can do this myself with the travel tools but it takes about 3 hours per tire. The only thing i am worried about is balancing. Has anyone ever statically balanced a tire on the axil? If i take the brake off is the friction low enough on the axil using the wheel bearings? What happens with a badly balanced front or back tire? Can i use car tire balancers in Mexico?
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:35 PM   #73
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At the speeds you're (probably) riding at, balance is not going to be a huge concern. On the tire sidewall there should be a coloured spot - this should align with the air valve when the tire is mounted on the rim. Do this and the balance will be pretty close.
(however if you are using rimlocks then balance will definitely be an issue, unless you use two rimlocks 180 degrees apart)

If you do want to balance, car weights are fine if you an find some way of making them stay in place. You could use the adhesive backed strip that is used to balance alloy (car) wheels. Another method is to use strip solder, wrapped around the spoke and tape over it.
(Edit) I didn't understand you meant that "could you use a car tire balancing machine" (in Mexico) - I've never seen an automotive wheel balancer that will take a bike wheel, but that doesn't mean they don't exist)
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:22 AM   #74
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I can generally get it pretty close by just setting the assembly with axle on jack stands.
You could do it on the bike too, just remove brakes and remove grease and apply thin spray oil so wheel rotates nicely.I use auto sticky weights.
Just move wheel in different spots then let go and see if it stays there.If it keeps rolling around to a heavy spot then temporarily tape weight across from it till you find the right amount, then permanently stick it down.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:04 AM   #75
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Brilliant thread my bro, please keep us posted on all your thoughts political or not. I too wish to undertake a ride like yours after taking my time riding through Vietnam by myself. And Im here in Australia saving for this trip of a lifetime, Hope to catch you some where along the way KLR would be my choice too, Place to stay in Invercargil NZ for you or Brisbane when you get here
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