KLR650 Only Thread......

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by willys, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. 685

    685 Scarred Adventurer

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    I had a Supertrapp on my Transalp. It was a nice pipe. All stainless steel, the threaded nut thingies that the screws for the disks screwed into were sturdy and didn't strip. No rusting mid pipe, and it was all stainless. Mine was well packed and over about 10k mi it never needed repacking. That was a design from about 1988.

    The IDS2 I had was the straight thru "racing" model. I got it used, needed to put an endcap and disk (spacers) on it--and repacked it at the same time.

    What makes it shitty:

    The body of the muffler is aluminum--prone to denting, getting misshaped, and is difficult to repack. Also never looks good.

    The fasteners that hold the endcap and disks on tend to strip as do the fasteners that hold the front of the muffler to the actual muffler tube.

    The mid pipe is mid steel that comes painted with black (barbeque) paint. Under the paint, the pipe rusts--so that it looks like shit. Kinda like Gen 1 KLR header pipe.

    The pipe is loud. If you use few enough disks to keep it quiet, it's restrictive. If you open it up to try to get some gas flow, it's a loud sumbitch.

    Sorry, Supertrapp, but this is an old, tired design that never was any good.


    If you get one of the competition, my XCR for example, you get a quality system approach to an exhaust can. It's USFS certified. The fasteners don't strip, the body of the muffler looks well built and polished. And it comes with a stainless mid-pipe that starts out shiny-chromie and heats in to a golden color that perfectly matches the golden brown of the stock Gen2 exhaust header. Mine has about 7000 miles on it and still doesn't appear to need a repack. And it's quiet enough that my neighbors (mostly blue hairs) haven't complained.

    I've said that one of the pipes I'm really impressed with is the Leo Vince. Well built, quiet, & legal in the forests. Nice competitive price, and it's got stainless steel packing. If I were buying another pipe, it would be Leo Vince.

    If all you can afford is Supertrapp, save a little longer and get something else.
  2. CA Stu

    CA Stu Steer with your face! Super Moderator

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    I've had a lot of different exhausts on my KLR, I now have the Leo Vince.
    It's well made, fits nicely and with the quiet tip and the spark screen in place, it's quiet enough to sneak up on wildlife.

    And! It never needs repacking.

    from Happy-Trail.com:
    *Important Technical Note 02/27/2012: Manny Hauswirth, US Technical Manager for LeoVince USA reports: "The KLR slip-on uses one of our Enduro style mufflers with a mechanical baffle and does not require repacking. It is not advisable to disassemble this silencer."

    :1drink
  3. CA Stu

    CA Stu Steer with your face! Super Moderator

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    The last bike I had a SuperTrapp on was my 1976 XT 500. :D
  4. Wlfman

    Wlfman Long timer

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  5. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    Where did you buy your XRC from?
  6. 685

    685 Scarred Adventurer

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    Mine was the previous manufacturer's product, White Bros. I live it Tucson and got it from a guy who lives in Silver City NM. It had a minor scratch in the black endcap, but had fewer than 300 miles on it. Got it for $125 in '09. I'm a very patient shopper--I scooped it up from the classifieds on KLR650.net.

    If I were getting one today, they're now marketed by Vance & Hines, I'd shop the 'net for the best price. These guys have a good price $254.95 with free shipping. http://www.indysuperbike.com/customer/product.php?productid=18000037

    Btw, they show an optional spark arrestor--mine has one, and I think that the muffler comes with one, standard, and I wouldn't bother with the optional inserts.

    There's an old review 2007--with sound checks--over at KLRWorld. http://klrworld.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=99&Itemid=138 Not my favorite source for info, but nice pictures and some useful data.
  7. bwbeck

    bwbeck Been here awhile

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    I put a Super Trapp on and after about 600 miles in to a weekend trip i gassed it getting on the Interstate and blew everything out the Ass. When I made it home I put my stock one back on. :huh
  8. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    I run the Vance & Hines after trashing my IDS on a repack.
  9. kckeeny

    kckeeny Poor Bastard

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    My IDS did the same. Not sure on the mileage but I bought it with 8K (muffler install date unknown) the can blew out on me around 10K. I was on a 300 mile trip and when I arrived the can was junk. Bolts striped out, spark arrester rattling around, and obnoxiously loud. I rode her home (in the rain) and put the stocker on. It was hard for me to put the stock pipe on, I suppose like an old man accepting that he needs a cane. But I really like the quiet bike now. :gerg I have prided myself in the past on making my wife ask "How did you find a bike louder than your last?" when ever I brought home a new bike. There IS power lost, and mileage saved when re jetting back to stock with the pipe. I don't care what a dyno says- I feel the power loss now. Not that the bike had much to loose in the first place.

    If I were to get a new pipe for it, I would get the Leo. I've had good luck with them in the past- just not sure if it is proper on a KLR.
  10. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    So is there any way to improve upon the suspension? My bikes is pretty muck stock, not blown, but it still feels a bit soft for me.
  11. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    Rick at Cogent Dynamics or I went with Ricors front and back. A bit more money and kinda cutting edge.... I love them. They act so differently on and off road.....
  12. 685

    685 Scarred Adventurer

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    The White Bros version looks a bit difference (pic credit; KLRWorld)
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    Looks like V&H economized on the concept. (Glad I got the old style.)
  13. PacificPT

    PacificPT Been here awhile

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    For suspension upgrades +1 on Rick at Cogent Dynamics.
  14. RandoCommando

    RandoCommando Wannabe

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    I went with progressive springs up front and progressive 465 w/RAP rear shock.
    I got a great deal on both.
    My bike is a whole new bike now and I love it more.
    One thing I noticed with the 465 shock, it raised my bike an inch or so.
    Not a deal breaker in my book, even though I'm only 5'7" with a 29"-30" inseam.
  15. beergut

    beergut Thumper

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    +1 as well.
  16. beergut

    beergut Thumper

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    +1 as well.
  17. NachoRoto

    NachoRoto Meet you there. OK?

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    Mine did too. And I still have some issues climbing on.
  18. RandoCommando

    RandoCommando Wannabe

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    Yeah. If I can't throw the leg over, I step on the left foot peg then climb on. :rofl
  19. Velour Fog

    Velour Fog Pants optional

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    Just bought some parts to upgarde the suspension on my 08.
    I rang Ricor and spoke to Brian. (Had to stay up a bit late with the time difference)
    I have their rear shock, intiminators, and at his suggestion Race Tech front springs on the way. Hopefully arriving next week or so.
    And for an added bonus he was happy to let me get the Race Tech spring sent to them and then post the whole lot together over here to Arsetrailer to save on postage costs. Great customer service.:deal
    Looking forward to getting it all on and seeing the difference.

    As for the exhausts, have a Staintune on mine. Great pipe.
  20. eddie bolted

    eddie bolted BOING!!!

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    I have an 08,had the valves checked at 15,000 mi. they were in spec.
    Now have 30,000mi.,gonna get them checked again, my question is what's the most miles anyone has heard a klr going without the valve needed adjustment?