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Old 03-24-2013, 05:55 PM   #1
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Hi Guys! I have been following ADVRIDER reports for years and finally am venturing out on my own trip. I would like to thank you guys for your great post showing that you dont need to be rich or have a ton of gear. JDOWNS has been a huge inspiration in this aspect!
I will be traveling with my brother Colin (30yrs old), and childhood friend Eddie (32y yrs).
We will be riding our motorcycles from the USA (Florida & Kansas) through Mexico and Central America to the Darien Gap in Panama. 













Eddie will be ridding his brand new 2013 KTM 990 from Kansas City and meeting Colin and I in Texas before we cross into Mexico.










Colin will be traveling on a 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650 with 5500 miles on it.








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And I will be on a 2006 Kawasaki KLR 650 with 8500 miles on it.










We  are on a tight budget so we plan to camp when when ever possible to save a few pesos.













We hope to cross the US/Mexican boarder about April 5th.





But before then we have tons of bike maintenance! 


So far I have done three full days of wrenching to minimize any breakdowns south of the boarder.



















The planning for this trip has been fairly minimal regarding exact routes and dates. We will most likely be hugging the Eastern coast of Mexico making our way south checking out national parks and ancient ruins alone the way. If you guys know of any must see spots please let us know.





Bike Prep has been keeping us busy.





Eddie has done the following to his KTM 990 Baja:





BDCW Skid Plate

BDCW Side Stand Relocator

BDCW Aux Radiator Fan

Touratech GPS Bracket and Garmin Zumo GPS

Touratech 38L AL Panniers

KTM HID Lights

KTM Side Stand Base

KTM Alarm System

Remote Fuel Mapping Switch








Colin's 2009 KLR came equipped with Happy Trails Luggage and rack, and he will be mounting his Tush Hand Guards, Happy Trails Nerf Bars and skid plate set in the nest few days.





The previous owner was a industrial mechanic and installed a thermo bob, 16 tooth sprocket, and a +1 dyno jet kit.











I have been in the garage non stop working on the 2006 KLR 650. So far I have completed the below list of mods. I have been lucky enough to score many parts used on Advrider.com wich has saved me a ton of money.










Dohickey






eagle mikes sub frame drill through kit






dual star radiator guard






skid plate






tall windshield






acerbis hand guards






corbin seat






MSR Carbon ATV high RIse bars






16 tooth Couter sprocket ( for interstate, may change to lower gearing in slower coutries)













Dual star water pump guard






ebay wide foot pegs






Trickle charger/ power adapter (to charge cell phone/camera/mp3)






Rat pack sport rack



Mermite Panniers project


plasic locking topbox



T- Mod


valves job


air screw out 1 full turn (was a turn)





Counter Sprocket Tools







A cool travel tool I am taking is a expandable baton used by police officers. I picked it up for like $8.00 and allows me to have 24" of leverage to change front sprockets.































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Old 03-24-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
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Tear into the KLR









Valves are too tight, need new shims










My uniform for the next 3 days of garage time














When I removed the radiator the mounting bolt came out stripped, So tried to re-tap it. 


The junky tap BROKE! I had to drill/hammer/cut it out and weld in a new one.










My hand guard inserts arrived and were too small.


After arguing with the sales guy I ended up wandering around the hardware store with calipers.


If you ever need aluminum bar inserts (14.5mm) to fit steel bars (18mm) buy "funny pipe" in the garden section. It is the perfect inner and outer diameter.











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Old 03-24-2013, 06:05 PM   #3
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Thumb maybe see you there?

i may see you guys down there. im also headed to panama.
ill be in progreso yucatan around april 10th.
if you guys spot me come flag me down, ill do the same .

keep a look out, ill be riding this:

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Old 03-24-2013, 06:25 PM   #4
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Hey Swamp,
When do you leave? What boarder are you crossing? Shoot me a PM, maybe we can meet up.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:05 PM   #5
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:54 PM   #6
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Sounds good

I'm in too.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:29 AM   #7
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Sweet, glad to have some viewers. I will keep the progress comming!
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:31 AM   #8
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This is what I want to do. I'll be following along.

Good luck!
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:17 AM   #9
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Progressive Counter Sprocket Nut

Does anyone know if the KLR counter sprocket nut is something available at a hardware store?

$10 plus shipping tells me it must be a special item.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:50 PM   #10
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Does anyone know if the KLR counter sprocket nut is something available at a hardware store?

$10 plus shipping tells me it must be a special item.

consult the klr obsessives in the klr thread. im sure they have like a billion alternatives to the stock nut. you can probably use an obscure nut found only in a 1984 VCR tape recorder in a pinch
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:03 PM   #11
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It's great to see someone do this. I'm doing the same only from So. Cal. Mileage is planned around 5200 miles. I'm in. And watching the post closely.
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:30 AM   #12
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:17 AM   #13
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With your buddy riding down from Kansas and your plans to cross Texas, looking at the nasty weather still happening up there I'd say give it till Apr. 5 before you start your ride. They say spring is coming. They just forgot when.
Good luck and have fun.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:02 AM   #14
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F#cked My Finger and my cash flow!!!

So because I am on a budget I try to save money when ever I can. This includes buying everything used; Skid plate, windshield, hand guards, top box, ebay pegs, it goes on and on...



 Anyway I have been building my panniers from mermite boxes which are military boxes used for transporting hot or cold food. Mine are from 1979 and 1964. The project is a ton of work and not worth it.





Well I was 99% done and was and drilling holes for bungie cords into the stainless steel sheet metal of the inner lids and the bit broke in half and went into my left index finder!!











While it doesn't look that bad the broken bit went in deep! And left metal in my finger!

The discount clinic would not stitch me up and sent me to the Emergency Room.











After waiting 3 more hours in the ER the Doctor told me the metal was about 2mm and could most likely be left in there assuming it did not interfere with the joint or cause an infection.


I received 3 stitches and a prescription for antibiotics.





So today I have an appointment with a Orthopedic Doctor to ensure there are no complications with the "foreign body" in my finger.





While I am self insure by BlueCross out of pocket 100% because I was laid off I had to choose a plan I could afford ($100 per month) so my deductible is $2,500!!!!!





I have no clue what the bill will be but I am sure its huge!





If all goes well I should get stitches out in 10 days. I will keep you posted.





















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Old 03-26-2013, 08:24 AM   #15
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That's Awesome! I'm pretty jealous. I used to live all over Panama and I've been wanting to go back there for years. How long are you planning on staying and what sites do you plan on visiting while you're there?
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