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

  1. JMick

    JMick Been here awhile

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    Have an air rattle gun but using a battery one nowadays (have two, one does 1/4" & 3/8" drive, the other is 1/2"), much quieter and more convenient. Even with the rattle gun I couldn't get the bottom bolt out. Once it was loose the damper tube just spun around inside the top tube, the crow bar point fixed it though.

    Mick
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  2. oneblackdog

    oneblackdog slowest of the slow

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    Hey Mick, the trick to getting those damper bolts undone is to hit them with the rattle gun while it is all together - the pressure of the springs is usually enough to hold the damper rod.
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  3. JMick

    JMick Been here awhile

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    Yeah, did that, 6mm hex bit in the rattle gun. The moment the thread broke loose the damper tube just spun around on the bolt. Same when I tried to do it back up. In contrast, both the suspension and swingarm pivot bolts did up fine with the rattle gun without me needing to hold the other end. Just Murphy's law at work again.

    Mick
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  4. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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    that may be what your issue was....... new gen is 8mm & old is 10mm ;)
  5. JMick

    JMick Been here awhile

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    :patch Whatever size it was, it fitted correctly. Didn't read the miniscule writing on it, but rest assured it was the right size and no, it wouldn't come undone until I jammed the crow bar point into the tube to stop it spinning. Anyway, all done now, just waiting on the local servo to swap over the new rear spring for me.

    Mick
  6. allan11

    allan11 Long timer

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    cut a little bit of plastic out in a couple of places and got straps around the frame for tie down points... loosen the straps and un-clip and the gear is off or on in 30 seconds...

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  7. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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    sorry, sarcasm doesn't come across in writing..... been there done that, made a tool to hold the damper rod. :)
  8. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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    very nice ride. :)
  9. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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    just a reminder to all KLR riders......

    the 10th Annual KLRRR is being held in June this year at Tottenham, NSW.
  10. loxsmith

    loxsmith Good ol days my arse

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    Time to do some much needed maintenance, we leave on 30th May. See you there Griffo......
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  11. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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    you sure will, hopefully I go back to work the next week after it....... :)
  12. Rob_APG

    Rob_APG Adventurer

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    That's great Griffo, I will be there on the Sat arvo all going well :) best I can do this year....

    But getting home is a different matter and looking for the long loop home :)
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  13. mallee

    mallee Been here awhile

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    The Mighty KLR rally at Tottenham is coming up and kel and I are going Friday morning the 9th leaving from Mittagong want to come along?
    Mallee
  14. Skinny Jones

    Skinny Jones Been here awhile

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    I really should see if I've got the weekend off and make the effort to attend. What's the plan for this get together?
    What should I pack?
    Is it just a meet and greet or is there a planed ride happening?
    So many questions

    Who else is heading that way from western Sydney?
  15. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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    it's really just an excuse to sit around & drink/tell bullshit stories....... a local rider has agreed to lead a ride out to the cairn, I'll get some details & try to post them up......

    we'll have a dinner on the Saturday night to give out the one & only award. (heads up it may NOT be longest distance this year) :)

    more details should be up on the facebook page..........

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/707752659261428/
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  16. mallee

    mallee Been here awhile

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    Hi again, the KLRR is getting close, 9am at Mittagong mac's on Friday the 9th caves road and then out through Bathurst.
    Saturday why not out to the carin then to Nymagee or Mt Hope?.
    Going to be a bit cold
    See you out there
    Mallee
  17. mallee

    mallee Been here awhile

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    Not long now to the KLR rally, still leaving Mittagong Friday around 9, then to Bathurst, Ophir to Wellington to meet some other guys then to the rally.
    We are camping and bloody cold.
    Mallee
  18. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars

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    Hi guys. I'm thinking about buying a used klr650 probably around a 2006 model (so I assume a gen 1 model). I know nothing about klr's although a mate has one and he thinks they are ok. I have a question and please try to answer as simply as possible (it's to do with wattage/amps and I know nothing about electrics).

    Ok i'm probably going to attach a very lightweight sidecar to it (50kg total plus gear) and I want to use my Waeco CF35 litre fridge freezer. The Waeco site advises it uses 0.85 amps per hour. I may also want to put on a 120w LED light bar which the specs says the current draw is 7.9A. Will the stock KLR stator handle the fridge at the very least. I can live without the light bar.

    Also will the charging system charge a small car battery which will be attached to the sidecar chassis.

    I currently have a BMW K1100 outfit which has plenty of power to do all of the above but I doubt the KLR would. The Beemer has taken me all around Australia to places even 4wd's would think twice but it's bloody heavy to get out of a bog and something lighter really appeals to me (and my ageing body would really appreciate it).

    Cheers

    3legs
  19. Toy Rolex

    Toy Rolex Been here awhile

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    Your Waeco will draw 6.1 amps while running and because of their poor design with the motor sitting under the dairy compartment expect it to run often.

    I know I have 2 of them and was surprised to find the floor of the dairy compartment at 12c with the fridge running at 5c and a air temperature of 5c
  20. JMick

    JMick Been here awhile

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    A quick google led me here: http://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650-wrenching-mod-questions/36577-gen2-amperage-output.html

    It would appear that at best, you will have about 100w maximum to play with on a gen1 but that doesn't take in account the power draw from the ignition system. Assuming that you can get 100w this is a tad over 8 amps. Might be just enough to run the fridge, but not the light bar as well. I assume you want the car battery to run the fridge when the bike is not running.

    I'm no auto sparky by any stretch of the imagination but I do know from bitter experience that hooking two batteries up in parallel can cause one to run the other flat when they are not being charged. I also believe that having them both hooked up at the same time while on charge can cause problems. In a case like yours when you fire the bike up in the morning the regulator will see that your car battery needs a lot of charge and will pump out heaps of juice, however the bike battery won't actually need much charge so will receive too much and may boil/burst.

    You can get around this by fitting a twin battery smart connector thingy (not sure of name) or a dc to dc charger. I went old school on my 4wd and fitted a marine battery switch which allows you to turn both off, on or select individual. In your case when you first fire the bike up there won't be enough output to both charge the car battery and run the fridge.

    Hopefully, someone more knowledgeable than me will chip in, but I think because the power output is so marginal you'd only be able to make it work by intensely monitoring and managing a "system" which might consist of a couple of voltmeters and a battery switch and probably an ammeter. You might want to consider fitting some solar panels too if you can fit them somewhere.

    Mick