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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Tagati, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Muruk59

    Muruk59 Adventurer

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    In answer to your questions, the manual (as you have most likely read) states a 6000 km service interval after the first service that is, I do an in between oil change and keep the oil filter. The filter is changed on the 6000km service.
    The oil plug and crushable washer has never been changed as I only do it up tight enough not to come undone and it doesn't leak.
    As to type of oil to use, you can use a wide variety of brands just keep to the correct viscosity and dont use anything with friction modifiers as that plays havoc with the clutch which relies on friction. A lot of people with large bore single cylinder engines try the diesel oils I haven't tried those as yet and personally prefer the mineral based oils not the synthetics but that is personal choice.
    Apparently the oils with long chain polymers are not the best choice for engines with old fashioned ball bearing type bearings AKA KLRs as it gets broken down pretty quickly.
    I hope this helps and I am sure others will chip in with advice.
  2. colm

    colm Hopefull

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    What is the general opinion of fellow KLR riders on repacement fork springs.
    Mine has now completed 22,000km and is starting to bottom out more than usual.
    Any comment.would be appreciated.

    At the moment, am looking at IKON progressive springs @ $165.

    Col
  3. Happy Snapper

    Happy Snapper GOMOB.

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    Well when I am in all of my ATGATT I weigh in around 138 kg. On my 07 KLR, I changed my fork springs to Ohlins and added a Top Gun heavy duty spring to the rear. Rode it at maximum take off weight, loaded to the gunwhale to Birdsville. No bottoming of the front (or rear) at all. Transformed the bike.... No more severe fork dive under hard braking.

    Go for it!
  4. SMIFDOG

    SMIFDOG Adventurer

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    Hi Everyone,
    I just bought a new Safari Tank for my 2011 KLR650 and was wondering if many of you have one, Any feed back so far?
    I have had a few issues so far re fittment, I was told it would fit with my Motech crashbars and I can confirm i does NOT. The tank is fantastic but the mounting kit leaves a bit to be desired. Im having a fabricator make a new bracket for me as the one from Safari is not a great design. The fabricator is supprised they made it the way the did!!!!
    I was wondering if anyone has an opinion on how it will effect the handling of the bike when full? I have only had about 10L in it so far when i rode it to the fabricator and it doesnt feel any different as far as size goes so im hoping it wont be much different when full as well
  5. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    make sure you tell robin at safari, as he is interested in feedback,shouldn't be any drama once on the bike ,maybe some better fork springs at some stag would be the go
  6. loxsmith

    loxsmith Good ol days my arse

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    Motech crash bars are scrap after fitting the Safari tank. Sold mine for approx. $150
    I agree the spreader bar between the lower cheeks leaves a lot to be desired. It was probably all good until the addition of the foam/rubber packing stuff
    Laser cutting of all mounting hardware/brackets leaves very sharp edges that will leave blood all over your workshop floor if not removed ASAP
    After the first 1500km I am happy with the purchase but as you said it could be a lot better out of the box

    PS and range is approx. 800km give or take

    Glen
  7. Maccaoz

    Maccaoz Been here awhile

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    I have had IKON progressive in for about 30,000km,add the Ricor Intiminators and the front end is as sorted as its going to get.Ricor shock on the back and life gets even better:clap
  8. Maccaoz

    Maccaoz Been here awhile

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    Oils and KLRs:eek1 You had better check www.klr650.net for all the conflicting advice:lol3

    I use Penrite 10w-50 Semi Synthetic with a filter/oil change every 3,000km.About 45,000 up a not a problem.
    I tried Rimula X diesel oil once,the KLR drank it-- 2.5 lt in about 900 km.
    Never change the washer.
  9. SMIFDOG

    SMIFDOG Adventurer

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    Hi Canoeguy, Yeah I have been wondering about front fork at a later date but dont plan on running the tank full often unless on a long run (birdsville trip in the new year hopefully) so hoping the stock forks will be fine for a while. I have been back and forth to Safari since I got the tank as nothing has lined up and the front cross bracket just doesnt fit for me. I was just very dissapionted from the start when i was told it would fit with my crashbars only not too and then have nothing line up to the piont i now have to get a fabricator to make a bracket that will fit. In saying all that the tank is good, just seems a couple small changes could change this from being a great tank into an awesome set up.
    As it is i wouldnt recomend it to anyone unless you really need it. You can buy a 12L bladder for less than $200 or a small jerry for less than $20. I just didnt want to carry fuel in a container anymore.
  10. SMIFDOG

    SMIFDOG Adventurer

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    Hi Loxsmith,

    Thanks for the feed back, I couldnt find alot of info on the tank before hand and just went for it. 800k range is unbelievable i was going to be happy if i got 550k+. I want to do a trip to birdsville in the new year and last big trip i did i just didnt like A) the extra weight hanging on the back making the front light and B) carrying fuel externally has never sat comfotable with me even though i have never had a problem.
    Turns out i also have a set of crashbars that need to find a new home.
    I have been very supprised with the difficuly in fitting after all its only a tank.
    Once the fabricator finishes the bracket i cant see any issue for the life of the tank so i will finally get to the end result i wanted. Just really wanted it to fit with the crash bars aswell then it would have been a awesome set up.
  11. loxsmith

    loxsmith Good ol days my arse

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    The cross brace supplied with the tank will fit but it needs a crazy amount of force to get the holes to line up. The tanks all seem to be different in finished dimensions. Some need the cheeks pulling in closer to the frame and some the other way.
    The proto type tank was obviously fitted to a bike with an aftermarket header pipe as the clearance with an OEM header pipe is to close for my liking

    Not game to take mine off again 'til it's done a few thousand km on corrugations and worn the rubber buffer down on the cross brace where it protects the front frame upright

    Another tip is to drill the heads if the bolts that hold the cross brace to the underside of the cheeks to allow for lock wiring. Vibration will see these lost in a very short time

    If this tank is as tough as the one on my DR it won't need crash bars. These tanks are as tough as nails

    Mine holds just on 40 litres
    Theoretical range on mine was 815km, so 750 should be safe depending on how the bike is treated

    I also fitted .8kg fork springs which are to heavy, it'll never bottom out. Somewhere around the .7kg would be more sensible

    Glen

    Nearly forgot, give it a good blow out with compressed air and flush with fuel. It comes with a hand full of plastic shavings

    A disposable inline fuel filter will also help
  12. KLR 650 guy

    KLR 650 guy UralTouristKlr650Guy

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    Im runnit the Motul 5100 10w40 in mine and usin the Motul air filter oil for the two filters i got ... Im runnin some shocks from the states called Moab done by Cogent dynamics which adivitise on Klr.net or is it Klr650.net :evil The rear when i put it is was a bit high so i just undid the adjuster a little so i can get on it unloaded .. I put there front progressive in aswell and i dont have the wondering that it use to have on the farm gravel roads or out on any gravel road anymore but i still get a little bit at 120kmh on the hiway at times but im not speedie gonzalos so im just happy with my setup sofar .. But all it comes down to is you bein happy with what you do it it to porsonlize it for your self:evil:evil

    Cheers an Bundy on .....................:freaky:freaky
  13. willows

    willows Been here awhile

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    I have progressive springs as well as a rear shock/spring from Cogent Dymanics, brilliant gear.
    For your wandering, have a look at your steering stem bearings and the tension.
  14. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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    and tyre pressure.... :deal
  15. Croissant Warrior

    Croissant Warrior Because it's there

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    Went progressive only for a while, too bouncy for me. Went back to linear with race tech emulator. Loving it.
  16. Croissant Warrior

    Croissant Warrior Because it's there

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    Hey gents. Looking for a new rear disc, and a used speedometer. Any advice?

    CW
  17. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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    for the disk I would recommend MetalGear, as good as the OEM & 1/4of the price......

    for the speedo I would run with a Vapour, much better than OEM and 4 times better... :wink:
  18. KLR 650 guy

    KLR 650 guy UralTouristKlr650Guy

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    It is only the forks movin or should I say twisting .. I'm usin a fork brace that has come loose at one stage but is tight now and I have tightened the triple tree bolts for the forks aswell but just might check the steering head aswell as you have just said that :ear ....
  19. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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    if that is the case then new fork springs are not going to help........ :wink:
  20. Croissant Warrior

    Croissant Warrior Because it's there

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    Hey gang,

    Getting acquainted with the Aussie way, just discovered I can't just find a PIAA H4 light bulb around here. It had some good advantages:
    * More towards the white-blue spectrum made for better visibility
    * Thicker filaments and different compounds made for more longevity, particularly on offroad rides.

    Is there an Aussie equivalent globe someone can recommend?

    ~CW