KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    i don't mess with weights. just spring it the correct rate and valves if necessary. If everything else is right the weight should remain stock. I'm running 10 weight with straight rate springs for my weight up front and it works good.
  2. PWRCRZR

    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    My original set up was through Sasquatch suspensions, we wont go into any of that here. But he told me to run Mobil 1 ATF fluid that it was equal to 7.5 w fork oil. This time around I have decided to go with fork oil to see if there is a difference. 10w seem's to be the going standard for the KLR and if anything should give me a slightly more planted feel on the front end.
  3. mudpi

    mudpi Adventurer

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    looking at installing a MMP rear shock spring on stock shock, wandering if anyone has done this and if it is worth the effort and is there special tools needed to do the job hoping this will improve ride when loaded
  4. jules083

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    Umm.... here's your answer. Maybe follow up on your post, and ask ADW, since you now know he did it?
  5. kdzidoc

    kdzidoc Adventurer

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    Should I post this here or in the yard sale area?

    Looking for suggestions on nerf bars or engine guards and lockable tail bags. I've looked on happy trails, but don't know of those are the best out there. You guys know all.

    the PD nerf bars look OK, but what is the difference in engine guards and nerf bars?

    Any suggestions on lockable tail bags, we can't find one that will hold 2 helmets and back support.

    Thanks,
  6. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    I just ordered the pd nerf bars, should be here Tuesday. I'll know more then.

    I have a givi topcase on my fjr that holds 2 helmets. It's huge, I wouldn't want it on the klr. You're not going to get any smaller though and still hold 2. I just carry a bicycle cable. Run it through the back wheel, through a grab handle, and around the chin bar. Covers all the bases.

    Fjr with givi.

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    All typos and misspellings blamed on my phone.
  7. Kawidad

    Kawidad Long timer

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    Don't confuse a standard KLR forks with your modified forks. The valving methods are now completely different. Going to a heavier oil with a cartridge emulator will slow down the dampening and might make the forks slower and give it a harsh feeling. With what you are describing you might go the other way and try a 5w oil to soften the fork action. :norton
  8. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    I have had RT Emulators and springs in 2 Klrs.
    10 weight is recommended.
    The Emulators are adjustable and control compression, if you want more or less compression then adjust the Emulators accordingly.
    If you are not happy with your Rebound, then you can play with oil weights as a tuning tool.
  9. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    Are you sure the MMP spring is right for you ?
    How much do you weigh ?

    I weigh 240 with gear and have a 500 inch lb. Eibach spring and really like it

    To remove the spring from the shock I use an upright shop press.Its a pretty tough spring to remove.
  10. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    I think the best solution is too spend the money on an oversize tank that protects your radiator.
    It will be a lighter solution, will be alot simpler taking the bike apart not having to mess with all the bars and stock side panels and you will have better range as a bonus.
    And get the natural color so you can see your fuel level and make marks on the sides indicating gallons.
  11. mudpi

    mudpi Adventurer

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    Will look at the Eibach shock. weigh 280 plus gear. need tank not KLR seams to do ok as is but always looking for improvement still get off road alot and loaded at the same time
  12. nvklr

    nvklr Been here awhile

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    You may find it easier to find a automotive suspension shop to change the spring out for you for $20 or $50 if you don't have the tools. Safer that way anyway.
  13. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    Most run of the mill automotive shops don't have the ability to compress motorcycle springs, moto springs are a smaller diameter and the compression arms for a car compressor won't go down that small. Just fyi on my experience.
  14. mudpi

    mudpi Adventurer

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    I have a press and auto coil spring compressor tool but not sure if they will fit on coils. was hoping that someone had already done this and could help me cut to the chase. with advise. have not removed shock from bike yet. MMP mentioned that the spring can be installed from either end of shock. may have to just take apart and investigate. thanks for the help
  15. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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  16. mudpi

    mudpi Adventurer

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    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    Could just check the local bike shops as well, most are slow enough these days that they don't mind little piece meal stuff like this. I know my local shop would do it. work is work these days :deal
  18. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    I question that.The Eibach chart is giving different rider weights.
    Also I run a 500 in.lb spring and weigh quite a bit less than you and my spring isn't harsh.
    That mmp spring is equal to a 450 inch lb.
    Also, Eibach has been in the spring business for a long time.
  19. mudpi

    mudpi Adventurer

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    yes Eibach is a great spring ran them on some rally cars but was unclear of weight and kg. ratings for bikes, the price is the same on replacement coil Thanks
  20. nvklr

    nvklr Been here awhile

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    Yes, that too. :1drink