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

  1. ACT Adv Rider

    ACT Adv Rider Blunderer

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    Hey Phil - you should post this info on the Australian KLR Riders Facebook page. I know a couple of guys are considering sidecars who hang out on that site.
    Barry - Canberra
  2. Rockman

    Rockman Been here awhile

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    G'day Barry.
    I dont do facebook so could you do me a favor and post to there for me or refer them to this ADV thread.

    Good to see you got yours up and running.

    Phil
  3. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars

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    Ok any auto electricians amongst the KLR crowd?

    I went to an auto electrician toady to see if he could work out how many watts of power available to me. I told him the standard stator is around 180-200 watts and I want to run a Waeco fridge that the specs says uses 3.5 amps per hour. His response, don't know, you need to bring it in.

    Oooooooooookkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk. So I ask do you think a motorcycle charging system with said stator would charge a car battery? His response, don't know, you need to bring it in.

    Now I'm no electrician but I would have thought even with basic questions as above he at the very least could give me a rough answer. I told him I only want a guide to see if it's possible so he was under no obligation.

    I know we sort of covered this recently but I would really like some more info other than above.

    Also anyone used one of the Race Tech 280 watt stators? If so your opinions please.

    I'm still considering using the bike battery and a car battery as a dual battery setup but i'm open to all other ideas.

    Cheers

    3legs
  4. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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  5. Toy Rolex

    Toy Rolex Been here awhile

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    3 legs I doubt that guy could answer your questions anyway.
    I don't know the KLR so my first question is will your headlight work with the motor not running ?
    Measure the voltage at the bikes battery when the motor is hot at idle, 3000 rpm & 5000 rpm hook up the fridge and do the same tests. (post here)
    Then someone may have the answer or you will need to spend some online working out the bikes requirements eg; headlight most likely 35w, tail light 20w, ignition ? any added loads like the fridge (you should measure this yourself as waeco are ambitious with their facts) GPS or heated grips, then subtract that all from the 180w you quoted earlier, that will give you the spare power you have. (changing to LED globes will help)
    Then you need to determine how long you will want to run the fridge for without boosting the battery, it is best to do a real life test of battery and fridge (don't believe what you read) , the longer the waeco runs the more power it will need to keep things cool.
    How far down are you prepared to drain the marine battery (12.3v is 50% flat and causing battery damage)
    Then how far are prepared to ride to get the battery back to full ( above 12.8v) longer travel times will help as will over sized power wires.
    The marine batteries are popular because they are cheap and can handle some punishment like being pulled too far down and not given enough time to recover but don't expect a long life from a battery under these conditions.
    The fact that they make a bigger stator tells me you don't have a great deal of spare power but it also tells me you have options.
    If it were me and the volts test was OK I would give it a go, start with small test rides, fit a digital volt meter to the bike battery and the fridge battery then keep a close eye on things, be prepared to buy the bigger stator as this would shorten the travel time required to get the battery back to full thus improving the life of the battery, the better you maintain the battery between rides the better your whole system will work.
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  6. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars

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    Ok KLR guru's. Pros and cons of ditching the airbox and just have a air filter direct to carby.

    The reason I ask is I'm trying to figure out a good way to make a top rear mount to rear bike frame for a sidecar and the best way that transfers the load evenly across both sides of the rear bike frame is right where the airbox is.

    If I go with just an air filter any recommendations for a air filter.

    Note I have an aftermarket exhaust but I
  7. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars

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    OOPS I pressed the wrong button. I was going to finish with I haven't done anything to the carby yet.

    Sorry about that.

    Cheers

    3legs
  8. chromemonkey

    chromemonkey Been here awhile

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    Wheres a good company in oz to get crash bars and a centerstand from , the places I've tried are all out of stock
  9. Lancelot

    Lancelot why am i here.

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    Hey guys,just bought a new klr 650.Just wondering about the doohickey problem..Has that been fixed at all?Dealer recons don't worry about it.
  10. BLU_FZ1

    BLU_FZ1 Been here awhile

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    Doohickey itself is no longer the problem, its the poxy spring that fails and dislodges from its mounting post. Eagle Mike it and never worry about it again.
  11. Lancelot

    Lancelot why am i here.

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    Crickey,you would think they'd have it sorted by now!
  12. loxsmith

    loxsmith Good ol days my arse

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    Don't believe everything the Stealers tell you

    The Eagle Mike kit is still the only way to go
  13. JMick

    JMick Been here awhile

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    The newer model lever ("doohickey") is cast (like EM's) rather than the original pressed metal, so is unlikely to snap in two like the earlier ones did. However it is poorly machined and a sloppy fit on the shaft. This causes it to oscillate/vibrate on the shaft, leading to premature spring failure. I have a 2011 model which I bought with less than 7000kms on the clock and a broken spring. Dealers are in denial, pointing to the very low number of replacement OEM levers and springs sold as proof that the problem is solved, but they conveniently ignore the hundreds of aftermarket parts that are sold to fix the problem.

    Mick