KLR 650 Modifications

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by VascoMerlin, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. Yokomo

    Yokomo Gorilla Adventurer

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    I bought a DR650 that the PO said the brakes were new, "Just put them on prior to the previous ride". Well I don't know how long the previous ride was but they were toast. ie. The PO word might not mean anything.
    Regardless, at least you can fix the problem easy.
  2. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Coulda picked up a rock and c racked/stressed a link then on said day Kapowie! As it was, easy fix and glad it wasn't more.:freaky
  3. GO_OUTSIDE!

    GO_OUTSIDE! dirty hippie

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    Im still stumped at running a steep hill in 4th gear.:lurk
    Im happy to hear it was something simple and you didnt bust a case when the chain came off.
  4. PacificPT

    PacificPT Been here awhile

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    Earlier this year tried the Jardines RT4 exhaust on the bike but was unhappy with the volume even with the quiet insert. Rode it one time then took it off and put the stock unit back on. Had a chance this weekend to look at it with the idea of making it quieter. Took one steel wool pad and pushed it into the spark arrestor then took multiple pieces of fine mesh wire fencing and filled the rest and used it to hold the steel wool in place. Sound is now acceptable to me, much deeper than the stock but not loud. Jetting seems spot on with the .22 cent mod. I tried it with three steel wool pads but that was too much, backed up sounding, tried two but one was the magic number. Will keep checking to see if the steel wool holds together or not. With the new exhaust and the Li-ion battery you deduct about 17 pounds from the pig. Now I need to do my part and deduct 17 pounds from me!
  5. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    My throttle/speed control issues are fortunately not the clutch. It's the trail. And the carb. And the operator. The spruce/fir duff changes texture constantly and the bike floats on parts then sinks into a sponge that takes a good bit of power. And it's all covered in needles and leaves so it's impossible to tell what kind of power is needed just ahead.

    At the same time the exhaust was popping a bit on closed throttle (on the road) so I richened up the idle mixture.

    EDIT: I'm not sure why the spruce/fir duff is more difficult for me than a rocky, murky water crossing. For water I can usually maintain the same moderate pace no matter what I hit below the surface. For duff, bogging in a hole and powering out then flings me forward. Both situations are about unseen obstacles. The 16t countersprocket isn't a problem on rocks. It's great on the highway. I'll see how the trail firms up in the next month or so.
  6. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    Anyone running a 16t front sprocket with a 44t rear and if so how do you like it?


    Thanks......
  7. Yokomo

    Yokomo Gorilla Adventurer

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    Stock rear sprocket, larger diameter rear tire, 16t front and I really like it.
  8. judjonzz

    judjonzz Beastly

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    16/45, because I couldn't get a 46. It's a little too tall, but not bad. At least it's an easy swap to a 14t. I tried 16/43 once before, and thought it a complete waste of time.

    The taller gearing might be okay with clubman bars, or even a Triumph Euro bend, but the aerodynamic profile of this bike is all wrong for tall gearing.
  9. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    at face value and why I advocate people try things for themselves. 16/43 works great for me. I commute 110 miles round trip on my bike but it's still functional off road as long as it doesn't get to technical. That's my ride and what works for me doesn't neccesarily work for everyone else. You have to experiment for yourselve to find what REALLY works for you.
  10. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    Jud, you realize that the stock setup is 15/43 (2.87), right?

    Your gearing of 16/45 is 2.81, whereas 16/43 is 2.69. I'm not sure why you were aiming for 16/46 (2.88) because that is basically equivalent to stock. But, if you're like me and swap in the 14T for dirt duty, then I agree it's probably a good choice.

    One thing I've found with doing this with a 14,16/48 combo is that I can't remove/install the 16T counter sprocket without taking out the rear axle. Complicates things and adds time. I even have a 110 link (IIRC) chain. Can you do this swap with stock chain (106 links) and without removing the axle?

    And I agree with your aerodynamic statement.:D

    Check out PBI for numerous options for KLR sprockets. They are aluminum, but I've had good results with them. Hard to find those odd sizes in steel. http://shop.pbisprockets.com/product.sc?productId=281
  11. judjonzz

    judjonzz Beastly

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    You are right on the money for shooting for 16/46: almost the same as stock, and an easy 2-tooth drop with a 14t chainwheel. I use 108 links with 16/45, and don't have to pull the rear axle.

    I use only steel sprockets. My KTM came with aluminum: Gone in Sixty Seconds. I won't go that route again.
  12. Yokomo

    Yokomo Gorilla Adventurer

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    16/43 works good for me. If I plan on doing anything aggressive I slip on this.

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  13. FJracer

    FJracer Adventurer

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    Good point! Be stumped no more; it was 3rd gear.
  14. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    I have been down twice with the SW Motech crash bars on my 2011 and not sustained any damage to either the bars or plastics. The crash bars fit very well and were easily installed in a short afternoon with help from a friend who had installed a set on his KLR last year.

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    Brad
  15. Myfuture_yourdebt

    Myfuture_yourdebt Banned

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    Those pics remind me why I hate mud and am glad I live in a place that is mostly free of any.
  16. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Those pictures were taken in late August of this year on the Mississippi portion of the TAT.



    Brad
  17. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Goood stuff Maaan! :freaky Thats Adventure! :deal
  18. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I know, I know. Everyone has a larger sidestand foot. I kept mine lightweight by forming sheet metal (like the factory foot) and adding ribs for strength.

    The top looks factory (though there might be a paint-matching problem :nod).
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    The bottom has the ribs I mentioned. Yea, the ribs aren't placed optimally.
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    Look! The spring is in focus! :thumb And that rock is sharp too!

    I enlarged it last winter, and EVERY ride from home starts with this parked on gravel and ends with it parked on gravel. It seems strong enough and it weighs a bit more than the bolts on some bolt-on extensions.
  19. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    Well played, Ginnin!

    I concede; you win the, "Aesthetics," category!

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  20. #1Fan

    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    Does anyone know where to get a good rear brake caliper for an '08?