KLR 650 Modifications

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

  1. backroadbender

    backroadbender Been here awhile

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    I like your bike, You made it yours, and that's y God gave us the KLR. What hand protecters do you have ?
  2. PacificPT

    PacificPT Long timer

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    MW650

    Nice looking mod, how is the output compared to stock?
  3. Mw650

    Mw650 Bob

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    Well I wont have any comparison shots of the stock light and this one due to my stock headlight falling to the floor from where I had placed it (glass hitting concrete is not a good thing). If someone near me had a stock set up I will try to get some comparison shots. This weekend I hope to get out for a night ride to get some pics.

    As far as power usage though the light is designed so that at 12.8v, 1.80a (low beam), 3.60 amps (high beam) witch turns out to use 23.04 watts on low and 46.08 watts on high.

    And as far as lumen output I need to see if that is mentioned on the specs on truck-lites website.
  4. Mw650

    Mw650 Bob

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    Here are two night shots of the headlight from last night

    Low beam
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    High beam
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    I think that I may have the adjustment just a lil high but since I was not pulled over by either of the two cops that I was behind at different times I'll take it that its good for now.
  5. securety10

    securety10 Stuck...

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    If any of you guys run across a Britannia Composites XS Twin (or even a Phoenix) for sale would you be kind enough to PM me if ya remember?
    I threw up a WTB thread in the Flea Market but figure I'd drop a line in here also. Guess the XS Twins aren't made anymore and I just don't think I can justify the cost of a new Phoneix once you inlude shipping and VAT. Seems nice and all but $800+ new :huh.

    Or if anyone has any other ideas for a fairing somewhat similar to the XS Twin/Phoenix? Seen some universal fairings on ebay and elsewhere, but they look pretty cheaply made.
  6. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    What kind of light are you using? I'm running stock and I hate it... I need a better set-up without modifying the fairing too much. If I can just switch out the bulb for something brighter...
  7. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    KamikazeKLR, I think Mw650's setup is AWESOME, both in looks, and in candlepower! With Mw650's skills and resources, I'd recommend going for it.

    On a smaller, lower scale, with Generation 1 OEM reflector, the TPI IPF H4 "Fat Boy" bulb turns "night into day," compared with the stock bulb:

    http://www.tpimotorcycleparts.com/o...age=flypage.tpl&product_id=189&category_id=45

    The bulb can be inserted into the existing headlight socket as a plug-'n'-play mod, or . . . even more effectively used with a relay wiring harness.

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  8. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    Yeah since I'm leaving soon I'd like a plug n' play kinda thing. I dont wanna be dicking around with electrical when I have more important things to do. I'll take a look and see if anybody has that bulb stocked in the city...
  9. Mala Suerte

    Mala Suerte Been here awhile

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    Here's a decent looking fairing, a long w/ improved lighting. link Owner of that site and co-developer of the fairing is a member of ADV. There is a long thread about the development of the fairing. IIRC, it was designed to fit a lot of different bikes - bracket was fairly universal. Price is much better than the Britanias.
  10. Savage Sully

    Savage Sully Nerf Bar Supporter

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    Wolfman Lrg Enduro bags, Fox Tactical Medium Transport bag (top bag), HT Front Fork Brace, HT Lowering Links, 1" drop to forks, HT Nerf Bars (not sure I'm really that Happy with them), stock seat cut down approx. 1", ordered 1" handlebar risers & shortened side stand. Hi-Flo oil filter & MOTUL oil. I'm 5'7" with a 31" inseam so stock height was too much to handle... especially off-road.

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  11. securety10

    securety10 Stuck...

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    Thanks. I'm surprised with all my searching here and elsewhere I never came across that one. Wish it was a tad deeper so there was a place to add a dash and some power ports, switches etc. You haven't seen any photos of one on a KLR have you? I'm stumped as to which bracket it would need.
  12. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19147204&postcount=176

    I too wish it were a bit deeper. I like it, and it definitely has some serious potential, but I'm still leaning toward the Brittania setup. Curious to hear if anyone else has any other suggestions though.
  13. Asatrur

    Asatrur KLR adv rider

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    Looking at adding an power outlet to my gen 1 to power my new GPS and am looking for advice from you experienced thumper folks.
  14. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    I litterally JUSt did the same thing. I can help you if you want. What questions do you have?
  15. Asatrur

    Asatrur KLR adv rider

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    Are there easy places to plug an outlet in? On my old Connie, there were lots of extra connections.
    What did you use for an added dash to mount the socket?
    Did you add an inline voltmeter to monitor draw?
    Pics?
    Thanks
  16. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Last night I got rid of the vacuum petcock,fuel resistant gasket and bolts in the hoses,I'll get some plugs today,I like to keep things reversible when I can.
  17. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    I will get pics tonight.

    So I TEMPORARILY just rip-tied it to my handlebar so I could still use it. I will show you where it goes once I make my dash (in the next day or two). To avoid dicking around with the existing wiring for the lights and all that, I bought wire and went straight to the battery. Once you get alot of gadgets, you'll have to figure something else out but this will work well for now. So, you run the wires straight to the battery, no need for a voltmeter or any of that. It won't draw that much power so all I did to protect the battery in case of a wire shorting out I put a 20 Amp fuze in-line right before it reaches the battery. When you see the pics you'll see how shit simple it is. Just get the - and + wires right the first time so you don't blow the tiny 1Amp fuze inside your GPS charger and you'll be good.

    If I wasn't making a whole dash, you could always just get a couple "L" brackets, a tiny little sheet of plastic, drill a hole for the socket, pop it in and use the brackets to mount it inside the fairing somewhere to keep it out of the elements and out of the way on its own little mini dash by itself.
  18. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    I did mine a little bit different, but same basic idea as Kamikaze.

    I ran a thicker gauge wire (like 12 or 14, I think) to a a relay under my fairing. I connected the relay to the city-lights wire and tied that to an Eastern Beaver fuse block (Metri-Pack 280, 3 fuses). I know have 3 switched circuits I can use for whatever I like, underneath a custom dash.

    The dash is made up of a Big Cee mini-dash that a friend made and never used, and a couple of pieces of ABS that I cut and heated to bend.

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    I have a 2amp dual USB power outlet, cigarette lighter outlet, and a volt meter. I am happy with the setup, but I plan to eventually go with a different fairing, and I will likely redo all of it. Not that it doesn't work, but I didn't have the proper tools to get 100% correct crimps, so I will order a pre-made Eastern Beaver 3-circuit solution. This will result in NEARLY the same thing I have, just with properly crimped terminals. I will also replace my cheap voltweter with something like ADVMonster's voltmeter.

    Overall, I'm happy with it, it works, and was pretty inexpensive. It holds my phone, pumps tunes back up to an headphone amplifier in my tank bag. I'm just not super happy with the WWW mod (I made it too high, wind protect is perfect, but looks less than stellar) and I'm concerned that the crappy connectors might fail one day. I love the look of the Britannia Phoenix, and decided the KLR is likely to remain my one bike for the forsee-able future.
  19. franklinmanklin

    franklinmanklin Adventurer

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    Okay, gents. Listen up!

    Just kidding. I am going to make a bike hauler on the back of my travel trailer by extending out the frame. Has anyone done this and/or have any pictures? I plan on posting mine up when done but as for now I haven't done much other than wearing out a tape measure.
  20. securety10

    securety10 Stuck...

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    I'm leaning towards it ever so slightly. Looked decent on the bike in the pics (not sure how I missed that pic, went thru most of the thread) but that bike looks like it has KTM or some other type of forks on it. Really like that mount he has with the ignition on top of the triple tree.

    I'd still prefer the Phoenix and was going to buy one. Price was $740 I think with one HID and I'd figured I'd go for it, but then it added on like a 12% VAT or someother CAN tax and then with shipping it just got to be too much. I can easily afford it, but I just can't justify it, especially when I thinkt the original XS Twin sold for a good bit less than that. I also asked about getting one with a dash that extended down a little further because I will be running an Acewell instead of the stock instrument cluster and would prefer to mount the Acewell in the dash. The response was many people have done that, all you need to do is add an aluminum bracket. Not the response I was looking for on an $800+ fairing, I don't want to buy and immediately modify...

    Also sent a few question on the other one in regards to mounting on the KLR but haven't heard back from them either. Shouldn't be to hard to make a dash, maybe also fiberglass, but still have the depth problem. Maybe I should just try my hand at making my own fairing :hmmmmm