'05 Red KLR 650 Makeover Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Snypercell, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. Snypercell

    Snypercell Adventurer

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    Hello all,
    I'm James and I live in Mississippi. I bought a red 2005 650 from my roommate's older brother. I bought it in Oct. of 2011, and it only had 634 miles it. Garage kept, ridden once every month or two, because he works off-shore. I paid $3,000 for the bike, not bad considering I'd basically be a first owner.
    She (Kelly the KiLleR) was completely stock when I got her. I hopped on for the first time, put a 6' girl on the back, and took off with my buddy on his dad's 1200 Sportster. She climbed up to 90 like it was nothing behind that Sportster, and I was in love. I rode her an hour and a half home the next day, perma-grin all the way.

    This is what she looked like when I first brought her home.
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    Mod list.
    I'll be editing this as I build this thread, and updating as needed (as I remember shit), so be patient.

    1. Tag relocation mod. Replaced by Acerbis Klx / Drz rear fender and Acerbis LED taillight/tag holder.
    2. Happy Trails HD Shift Lever.
    3. JimTurner Mod. Flushed the front blinkers up with the fairing.
    4. Custom painted front and rear fenders. Replaced by Acerbis.
    5. Frugal exhaust mod (minus the tip). Now replaced with Lexx exhaust.
    6. Spray-can bedliner on the front fairing.
    7. Wheatwhacker mod with dash for switches and 12v power outlet.
    8. Paint strainer mod.
    9. Dynojet Stage 2 jet kit.
    10. Air box modded with Uni Air filter.
    11. Manual headlight switches.
    12. PVC tool tube.
    13. Red MSR Handlebars - ATV High.
    14. Acerbis Rally III hand guards.
    15. Scott Grips.
    16. Clutch and brake levers cut, then painted with bedliner. GREAT MOD!!!!
    17. Rear shock set to 5, and dampening set to 2.
    18. Moose Racing fork seal kit.
    19. Dirt Skins fork covers.
    20. Eagle Mike "Doo"hickey purchased, waiting til next oil change.
    21. Joe Rocket tank bag.
    22. Shinko E705's
    23. Fog lights.
    24. Carburetor T-mod.




    So one of the first things I did was shorten my blinkers, take off my windscreen, and paint the fairing with matte black Krylon Fusion, which was later changed to black bedliner, much better.
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    After the bedliner, putting the windshield back on, and tipping the front fender.
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    The rear with Krylon Fusion, before replacing with bedliner.

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    The frugal exhaust mod. Sounded MUCH better!! Not loud, just deeper. Worked so well that I never even bought a tip.
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    New Lexx exhaust with with the Acerbis rear fender showing, and the 705.
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    Acerbis taillight.
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    Tool tube.
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    Wheatwhacker mod.
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    Lever after cut and paint. Favorite mod?
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    Acerbis Rally III hand guards and some new paint behind the windshield. You can barely see the Acerbis Sumo front fender. I'll get some more pics, some daylight, decent pictures.
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    Dash and switches. This pic doesn't have the outlet.
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    More to come....
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  2. Snypercell

    Snypercell Adventurer

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    MSR ATV High bars
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    Bars with newer(er) paint on the windshield. Waiting on more decals. :clap
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    I just thought I'd put this on here because, so far, I love it. Went for a nice 40-50 mile benefit ride today, and the 705's feel great on the street.
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    My buddy on his KTM.
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  3. Snypercell

    Snypercell Adventurer

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    I wanted to take some pictures of the bike in the sun today, but we rode all day :freaky
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  4. Snypercell

    Snypercell Adventurer

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    So.... I completely forgot that I had read a thread somewhere about led blinkers not drawing enough power for the stock relay. I have the rear ones on, and they look great. The only thing is I have to manually flash them, also when I hook up the front led blinkers, all four come on, no matter which way I switch it, so I'm just running the stock fronts for now with my flush mod. I know, I know.... pics or it didn't happen. Tomorrow, maybe.
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  5. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer

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    you might also want a fork brace & lower UFO fender...

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    possibly the optional 7 gal tank...

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  6. Snypercell

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    Yeah I've been planning on getting a fork brace, alas I have spent all of my monies....

    I really like the nerf bar with the highway pegs. Definitely at the top of my list, as well!
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  7. Snypercell

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    New Blinkers!!
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    No more satellites!!!!! lol
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  8. RevBill

    RevBill Irreverent Reverend

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    .. subscribed .. love to see what other owners are up to .. looking good ..
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  9. nigelcorn

    nigelcorn Wannabe.

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    I like what you've done, interested to see what's next.

    Any plans on an IMS tank?
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  10. Snypercell

    Snypercell Adventurer

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    Awesome. And Thanks!!:freaky
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  11. Snypercell

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    YES, lol. Most definitely. That has been the one mod that I've wanted from the beginning. I'm just gonna have to wait until next tax season, or when I land that big new job after I graduate in May. :hack
    Along with pegs, highway pegs maybe, a seat, yadda yadda yadda....lol.
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  12. Snypercell

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    :kboom

    Oh.... And I went to walmart this evening. While I was there I happened across some $20 fog lights. I brought them home, took them out of the box, prewired everything so that I could see it all, and DROPPED one and broke the glass lens.... hopefully walmart will take it back tomorrow, if I say it was broken out of the box.
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  13. gunnerbuck

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    That stubby your running up front may allow a bit of face painting when you happen on some mud... It does look better than the stock unit though...
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  14. Snypercell

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    Yeah, I had D606's but I ride WAY too much street right now. Blew through a rear in 2 and a half months. I ride about 95% street atm, so I was wanting either the Conti Trail Attack or the Shinko's, and for $115 a set, the Shinko's won. If I decide that I really wanna hit the powerlines that hard, I'll just through on the 606's.
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    I was more referring to the front fender...My buddy Dennis had a SM Stubby on his Honda and suffered from a lot of front wheel grit kicking over the fender onto his visor... If you spend your time on pavement it shouldn't be so much of an issue...
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  16. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Another KLR with "my mod"
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  17. RevBill

    RevBill Irreverent Reverend

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    .. yeah .. about that ... thank you ..

    .. have not done it (yet) myself .. but, good thinking ..
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  18. Snypercell

    Snypercell Adventurer

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    Ahh... Yeah, I have noticed more sand and grit coming over.
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  19. Snypercell

    Snypercell Adventurer

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    :D Noted in my list. And we thank you!!! Best klr mod so far.... The main reason I did it was to have room to put in my homemade dash, looks are definitely a huge plus, though.
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  20. Snypercell

    Snypercell Adventurer

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    Here are some pics of the LED Load Equalizers that I used to fix my blinker situation. You just tie one into the circuit near each blinker. Less than 5 min. per, once you get the circuit worked out in your head, paper works great, too. If anyone needs help, I'll be glad to draw up a schematic, scan it, and upload it. It's your most basic circuit with one LARGE-ass resistor, lol.
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