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

  1. Neonasty

    Neonasty Been here awhile

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    Best thing I did to my 08, was higher bars. I bent the hell out of the original set when I dropped it after owning the bike for 15 minutes. a set of hi bends made a huge difference.

    On another note:
    As im up for a valve check, does anyone know of a good bike mechanic in Melbourne that knows their KLR stuff?
    I might splash out and get some new fork springs for my fat ass too.

    -Shaun
  2. farqhuar

    farqhuar Human guinea pig

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    PM sent. Thanks Griffo.
  3. Croissant Warrior

    Croissant Warrior Because it's there

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    Looking for someone who has already installed a vapor and/or dashboard to see what it looks like mounted, and maybe get some tips on the whole job.

    Have any pics?

    ~CW
  4. Croissant Warrior

    Croissant Warrior Because it's there

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    Small oil leak in the drain hole under the water pump, manual says it is time to replace the engine gasket. Truth is this leak has been around for as long as I have owned the bike, a good five years. Replace or let it be?
  5. Croissant Warrior

    Croissant Warrior Because it's there

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    Bought one from US and will install, maybe share the experience.

    CW
  6. Turborob

    Turborob Minimalist.

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    Plenty of online tutorials, if you want to have a crack yourself. It really is quite straight forward.

    If you have the tools, I'm happy to assist. I needed to buy a torque wrench and a single socket, by memory.
  7. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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    It's not the gasket. It will be the oil seal between the coolant & the oil...... check your radiator for an oily film on top of the coolant. :deal
  8. willows

    willows Been here awhile

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    What year KLR? I fitted one to a 2005 model.. It's good to have an accurate speedo, now I know just how slow a KLR is!:rofl
  9. farqhuar

    farqhuar Human guinea pig

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    Interestingly, I have always found the speedos on Jap dirt bikes to be far more accurate than the speedos on Jap road bikes - by a factor of around 2:1.

    i.e road bikes speedos are 10% optimistic, on average, whilst dirt bikes are < 5%. I proved this today testing out my GPS on my new (to me) KLR - only 4% high.
  10. willows

    willows Been here awhile

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    I used the GPS on mine before the Vapor...
    Showing 100, GPS 91.

    Showing 80, GPS 73.

    Showing 150, GPS 135.

    Maybe the 2nd Gen KLR's are better.
  11. farqhuar

    farqhuar Human guinea pig

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    Yes possibly. The other factors to consider are your choice of front tyre (some tyres have a larger diameter, i.e. bigger knobs) and how worn the knobs are.
  12. stuser

    stuser Putt putt putt

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    I bet it's been said MANY times before, but how come the bloody 08+ KLRs have so much @%$%#$ plastic on them just begging to be smashed...?

    I went riding on the weekend with four other bikes: 2 BMWs, a DR and a Versys as well as mine, and none of them are any where near as vulnerable to crash damage as my supposedly tough as nails adventure bike. God it annoys me.... Between the lot of us, we had 3 falls that day, and guess whose bike got the most damage!

    RANT (mostly) over :) I don't need advice on crash bars etc... they are on the list!

    ALSO, another weak spot seems to be the footpeg mount bracket. Twice I've come off, and twice I've bent the crap out of the right hand side one... last crash was only at about 10kmh, and yet it is well twisted. At $200+ for the part, I'm gonna try bending it first.

    So... other than not crashing (which is always gonna happen) any tips on avoiding bent brackets?

    Thanks :)
  13. hoyks

    hoyks Tightass KLR rider

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    I modified the crap out of mine. Now there is less bracket, less leverage so they shouldn't bend... not that they bent before anyway.

    [​IMG]
  14. stuser

    stuser Putt putt putt

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    Did you modify the originals or just build some entirely new smaller ones?
  15. KLR 650 guy

    KLR 650 guy UralTouristKlr650Guy

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    Hey Crossie .. I have one on my 08 an it wrks fine .. mine is the stealth black .. The dashbits you lookin for are from www.klrdash.com as i have that aswell as the tall Kawa screen on it to run the air over my helmet better than in your face ....:evil
  16. KLR 650 guy

    KLR 650 guy UralTouristKlr650Guy

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    Just put a set of IMS or Pivot pegs on an it wont bend.. :rofl
  17. stuser

    stuser Putt putt putt

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    nice try :)

    has pivot pegs on it already.... bending the other direction :)
  18. hoyks

    hoyks Tightass KLR rider

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    I cut the peg mounts off the stock brackets and welded them onto shorter plates. I was going to make foot peg lowering brackets, but achieved the same result from cutting the pivots off and welding them onto the lowering plates. pegs are now 1" lower and fewer bolts to fail.

    [​IMG]
  19. stuser

    stuser Putt putt putt

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    Cool.
    So, just to clarify... you cut the mount in half... throwing away the heavier bit (on right) in pic (which is the base of the original bracket, right?) , and then welded the footpeg directly to the top of the bracket, which you'd drilled new holes into?

    And it had the effect of lowering your foot position a couple of inches as well? How's that feel?

    Ta :)
  20. hoyks

    hoyks Tightass KLR rider

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    I like it. I'm tall, so dropping the pegs a touch made it easier to standup. The pegs are a bit narrower now as my brackets don't stick out as far, but with centre stand mounts and crash bar mounts packing the foot pegs outboard, there isn't much in it over stock.

    I had to modify the brake as my toe struggled to reach the lever. It used up all the threaded adjustment on the master cylinder so I dropped the toe bit on the brake down 1/2" on a bracket and riveted it into place. I'll probably weld it now I've found it works.

    I've added my how to over on KLR.net.