KLR 650 Modifications

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

  1. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    Clymer's lists 15.1 as the high side of ok, but that high could boil the battery. Resistor is the same as the extra wire loss, so no gain there, however a properly placed and sized diode could work. In the forward current (conducting) mode, a diode will provide about .25 volt drop while still providing full current. Used to do this in solar/battery systems years ago to drop the charge voltage while retaining full current capability.
  2. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    My '01 usually runs at 14.0 to 14.3, but if I ride all day it'll go up to 14.8. Too high for my tastes, but it is a "normally functioning" regulator. Yes, it means checking electrolyte levels often and it's too high for some sealed batteries.

    When people say diode they usually mean a silicon diode that will have a voltage drop of .6 to .7 when forward biased. Shotky and germanium diodes are .2 to .3 but you'll have to look for them specifically.

    Since a diode will reduce the voltage all the time, I don't think it's the fix you want.

    Not that I know what the real fix is. The way I read the original description you've added a 10g wire parallel to the white wire from the RR to the bat. (?) Doesnt look like it should cause a problem.

    How's the ground? (When in doubt, always ask about the ground.)
  3. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    pretty much, yessir -- I WILL check all grounds . . . the laws of electrical troublehsooting to say:

    1 -- it's the last thing you touched.

    2 -- it's a ground.
  4. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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  5. RustySpokes

    RustySpokes Ordinary average guy

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    Leave the vest plugged in and turned on all the time, use it to keep your lunch warm if your not wearing it. :dunno :lol3
  6. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    Was think along those lines....time to add a pair or more of highly inefficient driving lights and switch them on when the volts are too high on the new volt meter. :evil
  7. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    I LOVE this place . . . . thanks fellers!
  8. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    As said before a nice Mosfet R/R will even things out very nice. :thumb
  9. Asatrur

    Asatrur KLR adv rider

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    I am in the market for a skid plate and other things and came across this one for a good price and this, but as usual poking around for other things I came across this. The second item uses a skid plate and engine guard that seem to be one level down than the first items, which makes a little nervous, as are they the same caliber parts?
    My long winded question is has anyone used either of these items from HT?
    Thanks,
    Asa
  10. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I got the HT plate,and guards they fit my Gen1 well,if I had to do it over I think I would go for a big natural color IMS tank(so you can see your fuel level)and the HT skid plate,the tank really protects and you get extra gas,but I'm still very happy with my HT stuff.
  11. RandoCommando

    RandoCommando Wannabe

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    I use these
    http://www.happy-trail.com/KLR650/PDNerf-KLR650A.aspx
    and got it as a package deal with a skid plate.
    They don't have the skid plate I bought as they upgraded to this
    http://www.happy-trail.com/KLR650/KLR650_Skid_Plate.aspx

    I had a get off (low sided) last year at Laurel Fork and broke my leg.
    The PDNerf bars did the job protecting my plastic, radiator and engine.
    The highway pegs also did their job, but got bent in the process.
    I only had to replace the highway pegs and I was good to go.
    I'm pleased with the Happy Trails stuff.
    See if you can get them to give you a package deal.

    And I don't believe this provides enough protection in my opinion (especially for the plastics as it provides none)
    http://www.happy-trail.com/KLR650A/EG2-Rad-Res-Skid-Special-KLR650A.aspx
    I would suggest the PDNerf bars over this.


    EDIT: Here is the older skid plate that I got with my package deal http://www.happy-trail.com/KAW-KLR650/Richochet-All-Years-Skid-Plate-KLR650.aspx
  12. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    PD nerfs, engine guard/highway pegs, skid plate; Generation 1. Effective protection in a crash, in my experience. Accepting the fact these may be SACRIFICIAL components, giving their all to protect radiator/tank/plastics, HT may offer some price consideration for replacement parts.

    Nerf bags (extra-cost accessory) work very well; handy and accessible for on-board hardware, or could be stuffed with clothing, etc., for a trip.

    Highway pegs? To each his own; I'm not a particular fan, feel some vigilance and reaction time may be lost while using the footrests. However, they enable me to fit in when I ride with my Harley friends! :rofl

    HT stands behind its products, provides excellent customer support. And, produces abominable printed/illustrated instructions, unfortunately!

    If you go PD nerfs on a Generation 1; installation tip: Insert upper bolt for LEFT nerf from RIGHT side of frame; then, you need only remove one 10 mm nut to fold the nerf away from the radiator cap for access.
  13. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Ya last 500 mile day I did I used the highway pegs allows a person to change position,but otherwise the pegs are usually folded.Good idea on the nut on the radiator side.
  14. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    They must be improving this! I recently purchased the new skid plate from them, http://www.happy-trail.com/KLR650/KLR650_Skid_Plate.aspx, the first HT made product I've bought. The instructions were very clear, detailed and had good pictures with them.

    I cannot comment on the older skid plate designs, but the new one is GREAT. It's beefy, looks good, and clean. Lots of protection for the water pump, doo-adjustment port, etc. I am really happy with it.
  15. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    I believe I'll go this route (pouring yet more money into my cheap dualsport scoot ;-} )

    Any suggestion for a close to plug and play unit?
  16. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    My skid plate is older version and I was gonna notch it for the Doo,but its easy enough to take it off when I do an oil change and Doo adjustment,gives me a chance to check stuff out under the bike,4 fasteners and its off.I hear all kinds of stuff banging the skid plate when Im off reading and glad it's there.
  17. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    Good news; glad to know of it! :clap
  18. Skowinski

    Skowinski Eukaryote

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    I've got the Happy Trails PD nerf bars. I don't think the protection can be beat, but the need to loosen and fold out the left side to access the radiator cap bugs me. Mine don't fit exactly right, never did from new, and must be pulled, pushed, and cussed at to get them on.

    I'm wondering if anyone has had theirs modified by a welder to allow access to the radiator cap without loosening and moving the left side?
  19. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    No, but . . . the trick of inserting the left nerf bolt from the RIGHT side of the frame permits easily folding the nerf away, for radiator cap access, after removing only a 10 mm nut. With the nut removed, I find the nerf clear to fold away outward; YMMV!

    Left-side nerf, attached at two points:

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    Upper attachment, 10 mm nut on bolt inserted from right (radiator) side; radiator cap shown at right (incidentally, fastener used also for frame ground of headlight relay harness):

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    Lower attachment; nerf, when freed from the surly bonds of the 10 mm nut shown above, folds outward, for radiator cap access:

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  20. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Yup... :D Jack at Roadstercycle!!! Helluva guy, if your having probs just call him and he'll do a tech session from where ever he is. (Including on vacation! :lol3)
    Here's the link:

    http://roadstercycle.com/

    Put one in 25-30,000mi ago and have been EXTREMELY pleased. :1drink

    Peace,
    Jim