KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi

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    +1

    While working on the wheel - check you spoke tension too. That is a part of regular PM that most neglect.
  2. Aprilia

    Aprilia Been here awhile

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    Mileage is fine. My cousin is about to list his 08 for sale in Phx so I've been watching pricing the last month or so and asking price is about right. Be sure and check Vin# for deep hole syndrome, check and/or replace doo spring/doo, pull the rear swing arm/Prolink out and lube the bearings, go over the wire harness with fine tooth comb for rub thru's and lube that steering head bearings. You'll get many many more miles of usage!

    Here's an 08 that I'm going through for a buddy...21K miles and while he's taken good care of it he didn't do the above.

    Upper/lower shock mount pins...
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    Prolink bolt completely frozen....PIA getting it freed.

    Lower Steering stem bearing/race wasted. Race removal is pain. Best way is to weld a bead onto the race itself so you can get a punch on it.
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    Doo spring had no tension. Often it results in the spring breaking but in his case it wore a groove into the engine case. Upgraded to eaglemike Doo and torsion spring.
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    His was also one of the Deep Hole models. Luckily no damage to stator cover as is common. Drop in a spacer and done...EagleMike Doo kits come with the spacer for GenII bikes just in case. www.eaglemike.com
  3. misterjack

    misterjack Universal

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    What are some of the most important upgrades for highway use with a 1989?
  4. misterjack

    misterjack Universal

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    looking for a new pair of tires that will accommodate about 40% on road and about 60% off roads. currently riding an 89
  5. misterjack

    misterjack Universal

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    sick paint job my man. I might have to consider doing this myself!
  6. Aprilia

    Aprilia Been here awhile

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    Mostly maintenance related but the pre 96 engines you want to keep an eye on the stock Doo (I'd just upgrade and be done) and by 20K miles I'd upgrade the balancer sprockets to post 96 design. The earlier versions were multipiece designs that are/were well known to come apart with higher mileage. If you ride in colder weather and/or for short distances a Thermobob is a good upgrade.
  7. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    Better seat
    Better windshield
    Throttle lock
    Good tires
    Check/adjust steering head bearings
    Good oil and a few pounds of air in the forks

    That's on top of all the 'usual' KLR stuff.

    hmmmm.... not much really.
  8. Jon B.

    Jon B. Been here awhile

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    And a 16-tooth counter-sprocket, maybe.

    Jon
  9. DesertDuster

    DesertDuster Old Pueblo Rider

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    All good tip and thanks.

    I guess as long as the spokes are still tight and the wobble is not too bad then I continue riding it in the short run?

    Ron
  10. DesertDuster

    DesertDuster Old Pueblo Rider

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    I agree with the others. I have 20K on my 09 and would buy another with 20K on it. The chain may need replacing by that mileage.
  11. phideaux

    phideaux Long timer

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    What air filter set up are you guys using? I'm using K&N and I'm not too happy with it. Pulled the carb today and was kinda surprised at how nasty it was inside. :ear

    Fido:norton
  12. Gonzoso

    Gonzoso Been here awhile

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    Tore my bike down because it's 19 degrees outside right now. 22 cent mod, oxford grips, measured and adjusted valves, replaced choke plunger plastic piece I broke, drilled air box and threw in some 1" uni filters in place of the L mod. The latter mostly because I'm bored and itching to ride.
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  13. nvklr

    nvklr Been here awhile

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    Stock flows better than k&n on this filter, and Uni flows better than stock. Both do a good job at cleaning the air. You will need to source a stock filter cage and wing nut to go with it.
  14. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    picking a good air filter is not all about airflow with motorcycles. its about how well the filter seals and filters air. Personaly i like the no toil and uni filters. Either one you run it needs to be oiled well and use a filter seal grease between the filter and the airbox.
  15. CA Stu

    CA Stu Steer with your face! Super Moderator

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    Uni filter with a PC Racing Filterskins pre-filter
  16. stuser

    stuser Putt putt putt

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    Gee. You USAmericans have it good. $3250!!! At todays exchange rates that's about $AU3080....

    Down here in Aus I bought an 08 KLR for $AU5300 (ie about $US5600 )a couple of months ago, and that is NORMAL, if not slightly better than normal....

    it had just over 10,000 miles on it and no oil in the engine, but it does run well and it has some good basic farkles....
    so no complaints about your price :D
    oh yeah and we in australia don't have easy access to eagle mikes or 685 or 705s so in the US the KLR is an even better deal again!!!
  17. DesertDuster

    DesertDuster Old Pueblo Rider

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    Most people on the forum seem to like the UNI filter. I am using the UNI filter also and give it a my recommendation but I think the stock filter has performed well. If I was given a choice between the UNI and stock, I would go with the UNI.
  18. stuser

    stuser Putt putt putt

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    what's wrong with the K&N air filter on the KLR????
  19. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    A lotta' the "performance" filters (not just K&N) are pretty notorious for not "filtering" a helluva' lot.

    Probably not the best choice for a dualsport...


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  20. stuser

    stuser Putt putt putt

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    Hmmm, interesting. Any actual comparisons across filters?

    I just googled UNI filter and see that they look entirely different from the K&N that is currently on my bike, more a sponge than the cage type.