KLR 650 Modifications

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

  1. VascoMerlin

    VascoMerlin He'll Stab Your Cat

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    This was my overnight fun!
    WOW what a difference

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  2. VascoMerlin

    VascoMerlin He'll Stab Your Cat

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    Did you put the nerf bars on as well?
    Any problems to report with them?
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  3. Paves

    Paves Beetrt/liver sausage

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    No nerf bars - too heavy and expensive for my liking. I'd like that bigger front brake disc though :clap
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  4. orklr

    orklr Been here awhile

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    Hi,

    New guy here. I just bought an '07 KLR and have started tinkering on it. Has anyone checked out the Electrosport ESG451 (400w) Stator and ESR262 regulator combo? If so, is it worth the $$$?
    :topes or :super

    Thanks
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  5. 805gregg

    805gregg Long timer

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    I did eveything listed and more, it was still a POS so I sold it.
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  6. rick danger

    rick danger Off the wagon

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    I slid some square stock inside the highway bars and slid the pegs over it doing away with the folding aspect. Works real good in a spill for protecting the bike and keeping it raised up. And I test it quite often. You just get a big wrench or something, bend em' back, and your ready to crash again!
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  7. VascoMerlin

    VascoMerlin He'll Stab Your Cat

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    Hey quit-er,

    No need to come down here and piss on our parade!
    We are here to celebrate the inadequacy of our beloved KLR and the steps, processes, and toys to make what we want. And for everyone, that is something different, that is why we love it. So if you failed to succeed in your dream of what you thought this bike should be, blame yourself, and not a machine which was built and serves for one reason--- bring enjoyment to it's owner.

    asshole

    jason
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  8. VascoMerlin

    VascoMerlin He'll Stab Your Cat

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    That is all to funny, would you happen to have a picture of that?
    Have you seen anyone with a device to protect the rear swingarm, rear fairings, etc...?
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  9. Paves

    Paves Beetrt/liver sausage

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    Dunno bout protecting the swingarm! but here's a pic showing my homemade saddle bag rack that acts a s some sort of rotection for the rear parts.
    [​IMG]
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  10. rick danger

    rick danger Off the wagon

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    No up close pics ,but you can see it ftrom here a little. I looked for some rear axel sliders ,but thet don't make em for the klr. I was gonna make something but never did
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  11. rick danger

    rick danger Off the wagon

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  12. VascoMerlin

    VascoMerlin He'll Stab Your Cat

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    I smile every time I see a picture of that bike,
    What make are the wheels and the front forks, how did you do it?
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  13. rick danger

    rick danger Off the wagon

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    The forks are stock. Just painted em'. The rims are Sun, laced up to stock hubs by Motostrano
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  14. R_W

    R_W wannabe

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    +1
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  15. Kbetts

    Kbetts Long timer

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    I did Fred's #1 combo

    An order of Guards (HT Rad/Tank and Utah Skid)
    LR Progressive
    The DOO
    LP drain plug
    subframe grade 12
    Twin Air filter
    JC Whitney tail trunk
    Tractor Supply Panniers (they work I wouldn't buy them again)
    Adjustable pilot (still figuring out why this is not doing what I expected)

    Lots of tunning like desnorkle looking for max performance and gas milage.

    I really need to do the switch bypass and the folding shifter so I don't punch another hole in a side case when it throws me off it next time....

    I spend about $100 a month on motorcycles one way or another..
    I bought used and I'm at $4300 with mods for an '05...that leaves plenty left over to spend on my other bikes......
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  16. GB

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    I like them a lot when doing some slabbing.. it gives me a place to stretch out a bit, although you do feel the vibes there more than you do at the footpegs.. Plus, when I'm blowing by a cruiser guy with his legs way out on his highway pegs, I can show him how I too can do it on my KLR chick magnet! :D

    I used to have the pd nerf bars when I had the stock tank on there, but found that the plastic tank works even better off road.. no dings or rust to worry about.. and it holds a total of 27.5 liters.
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  17. orklr

    orklr Been here awhile

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    I just purchased my '07 and plan to ride it year-round (as much as possible). I have the following mods "in the works":
    :rayof

    Bentspoke's wiring upgrade (fuse block and relay) and Mini-dash (I received them today!! way cool!!):D
    Rear brake pedal/Rear master cylinder mount
    Rear Master Cylinder Guard
    Carb t-mod
    Kawasaki KLR650 PD (Paris Dakar) Nerf Bars
    Frame Bolt Upgrade kit
    Moose Wheel Bearing Kit
    Balancer Idle Lever and Spring Upgrade - DOOHICKEY
    Balancer Idler Lever Install Kit

    End of money.....must wait for next pay day. :cry

    ....then:

    Magnetic Drain Plug
    Oil Screen Cleaning @ 1-2K miles
    Swing arm lubrication and Zerk fitting upgrade
    Gafer SS brake lines
    320mm front rotor
    Heavy duty shifter
    Replace stock KLR swich/choke/mirror mount
    Progressive fork springs
    Progressive rear shock
    Upgrade stock stator to the Electrosport 400w stator & regulator
    Wire in a set of PIAA 510s
    Moose skid plate


    What's the word on the 400w Electrosport stator and regulator? Has anyone bought the combo?

    Also, are there any other thingies I should change for riding in the rain? I've been using http://www.multisurfacemotorcycling.com/klr650_page.htm
    for many of my planned changes.
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  18. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Dang Cobalt, Such eloquence! I'm considering my first dual sport and after reading this post and all these pages I'm even more enclined to join the KLR brethren! Good posting, guys. Mark H.
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  19. nooner818

    nooner818 eX-nOOb

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    I was so busy with my calculator, I forgot to tell you my feelings about the "best mod" I have so far.

    That would have to be the PD bars from HT. They bolted right on without too much fanfare. And, I've "tested" their durability on several occasions. Very strong construction and I think they've saved me their cost in other body parts (radiator, fan, etc.).

    I did have one lower mounting tab break where they attach to the highway bars. Like I said, I've used 'em! Happy Trails paid for shipping to and from their shop and had them back to me in a few days - no charge. They advised that in the future, I shouldn't torque down the mounting bolts on the highway bars. Just tighten them down until they are flush. The nylock nuts should keep them from backing out. Following their directions, I've had no more problems despite continued "durability testing" on my part.

    I'd get 'em off the garage floor and onto your bike. You know, just in case? :clap
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  20. nooner818

    nooner818 eX-nOOb

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    Oh yeah, my second favorite mod...

    Have to be the TKC-80 tires. They are real confidence builders when you get offroad. And, the best part is they work really well on pavement too.

    They are a little pricey and from what I read they don't last as long as other tires. But, I've got about 2000 miles on them so far and I think they should go for another 1500-2000 miles. I'll buy them again when the time comes for new rubber.

    Others like the D-606's, but I haven't tried them. I figure I'm happy with what I've got, why experiment further?