Hondo's 2008 KLX450R Build

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Hondo, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    i missed rmar this year, same as westfest....:cry

    great riding, but i can only afford to do colorado 1x/yr.

    any pics of the klx in action at top of the pass?
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  2. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    From left to right,

    nwcolorider (Norm), me, & Ricker (Rick) on top of one of the passes-

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    Norm & me heading down Black Bear-

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  3. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    nice pics. thanks.

    i have to do black bear next time.................of course on a smaller bike, 350?
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  4. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    I guess so.

    I could do Black Bear on my 990 Adventure, but I'd rather take the 450 every time.
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  5. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    I ordered a FMF Powerbomb header heat shield- pics to come when I install it!
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  6. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    FMF Powerbomb Header Heat Shield-

    The heat shield standoffs are attached to the header with stainless steel hose clamps-

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    The heat shield installed with allen head screws -

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    I will be adding stainless lock washers to the screws -
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  7. MB UAE

    MB UAE Adventurer

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    Hi Hondo,

    Loving this thread as I am a big fan of the 2008 KLX450R.

    Your bike is the first '08 KLX450R which has both a Acerbis 4.1G Tank and Scotts Steering Damper (underbar mounted), I have seen anywhere. I have been toying with buying the same tank for a while, but on the Just Tanks website they state it may not fit with some stabilzers. I asked JT with specifics and they did not know. Obviously, yours works, so do mind advising me if there was anything special you had to do to make it fit, or did it fit no problem? I live in the UAE, so its not so simple to return the tank if I get it wrong. Appreciate any help and insight.
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  8. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    I used the Scotts under the bar mount and the tab for the mount fits against the frame where the fuel tank upper mount tab rests.

    I just sat the tank on the tab and attached the tank using a bolt & washer.
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  9. MB UAE

    MB UAE Adventurer

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    Perfect. I think I will make that leap of faith then. Many thanks, and good luck with the build!
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  10. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Status report-

    I took the KLX450R to New Mexico for a weekend of rocky trail riding and it just flat out shined. :clap
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  11. Jacl-Kampuchea

    Jacl-Kampuchea Booze Merchant

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    Lovely bike Hondo!

    This thread would be right at home in the Thumpers subforum, could help inform a lot of people. . .
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  12. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    There is a dedicated KLX450R thread in Thumpers already, and I posted a link to this thread in it.
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  13. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    my buddy keeps lookin' for one of these, but they're hard to find.... he's a dyed in the wool KTM hater, but has finally realized his YZ450 ain't workin' too well in our woods riding trips, so....

    your's is a really nice bike!....:deal
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  14. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    davesupreme grand poobah

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    cool!....
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    UtahGuido Long timer

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    There's 4 in Utah right now. Link here. The top one is a dealer and they may be open to shipping.

    Howdy Hondo! :wave
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  17. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Hey Guido!

    :freaky
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  18. TheDudeAbides

    TheDudeAbides Sarcasm free11/11/10

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    Nice write up Hondo. I'm sending you a PM
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  19. Outwardbound

    Outwardbound Been here awhile

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    Hondo

    Do you think the KLX's subframe would support a set of wolfman racks and maybe 30 (total) pounds of gear ?

    Thinking of building one for Heart of The West ride next year.

    You still on the ER ?

    Coop
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  20. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Not sure about the racks & weight-

    On the 400 for the last 4 years...
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