KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    I have a set of PIAA 1100X mounted using the fender bolts on my Sprint ST and it handles great and they still work after over 27k miles.
  2. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Maybe you're right and won't have any problems. Most of the lights I've seen are mounted to a light bar, or engine guard or fork clamps which are sprung and a much softer ride. Things mounted directly to the lower fork legs are subject to all of the bumps and jolting changes in direction of the front wheel as it bounces over rocks, logs, streams, etc. It's going to be a rough ride down there.
  3. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    Should be fine.

    Here is output pics of all of my lights.

    To set the baseline, here is the OEM 55/65w Halogen bulb in the OEM lamp (the yellow sign is approximately 200 feet out):

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    You can see that it's not outstanding, but it does the job for most, you can see a good ways out.

    Here is the low beams with the new fog lamp additions:

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    I have them aimed low to provide light closer in for fog situations as well as tight corner trail riding. They assist the low beam without being overly obnoxious to oncoming traffic.

    Here is my high beams with the OEM Halogen bulb and the 15 watt Rigid Dually Spot LEDs:

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    And here is all 5 of the lights on:

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    I wish the pictures came out a bit clearer, but it isn't difficult to tell how bright these lights are in those pics. I am highly satisfied with the lights, they provide plenty of light where I need it. If I were to point them straight out they would work great as driving lamps. Obviously they won't be as bright as my Rigid Dually lamps, but would probably do the job quite well for most. I tend to do things way overkill though, and that is why I have 5 lights on the front of my bike :lol3:clap

    The last thing I need to add is the KC HiLiTES 4x6 LED headlamp and I will have done everything I wanted to do to the bike for lighting. Then I need to work on getting a bit more power out of it, i'm thinking of starting things off with a new exhaust, get rid of the whistling muffler.
  4. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    Where did you read about the high and low beam option? I see that they will have two power options available, but I don't see that being available within one single housing, but rather a choice to have one or the other.

    These appear to not be marketed as a headlamp replacement, but rather a DOT approved auxillary lamp. The picture of the rectangle lamp does not look like a normal sealed beam lamp, and I am fairly certain it will not be drop in replacement for any sealed beam lamps.

    Not to say that you can't adapt it somehow, but even then the pattern might not be ideal for a headlamp (and I doubt you'll have low/hi beam).

    They do, however, make some LED sealed beam replacement lamps, but not in the 4x6 size.

    http://www.kchilites.com/lights/headlights/led-headlight-kit

    Those look like they should fit any standard round 7" light housing, including motorcycles. Too bad they are so expensive. I'd run one in my Honda housing on the KLR.
  5. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    Whomever was operating the KC facebook page claimed they were high and low beam.

    Either way, I have more than enough light for high beam :evil

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    In other news, someone decided that after some 40+ years, they were closing one of the trails around here. Frustrated at this point.... I have no doubts in my mind that they won't stop people from going back there, this IS Eastern San Diego county afterall....
  6. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    My '06 KLR with 16000 miles had a strange electrical occurrence last night.

    I LOST:
    headlight (both high and low beam)
    taillight
    dashlights

    I HAVE:
    blinkers
    brake light
    starts and runs fine

    I have not had a chance to look at it yet and plan to Tuesday morning. A blown fuse seems unlikely given the unusual symptoms. Any thoughts?:ear
  7. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    Sure sounds like it might be a fuse.... Have you tried putting a brand spanking new one in?

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    This certainly throws a wrench into the mix....
  8. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=480443
  9. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    They install gates like that so only experienced riders continue on that trail.
  10. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    Someone put it up to keep offroaders out :cry
  11. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    I know.
  12. celticpride2133

    celticpride2133 Adventurer

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    Im looking for a good dark gunmetal gray to paint my klr, anyone done this or have success painting old plastic?
  13. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    + 1 on the replies quoted from above.

    On a Generation 1, sometimes the HIGH/LOW BEAM switch intermittently contacts BOTH headlight bulb filaments at the same time, drawing enough current to blow the OEM 10-amp HEADLIGHT FUSE.

    Recommendation: Replace with 15-amp fuse. Unlikely to blow, should both headlight filaments be activated simultaneously again.

    Link to Generation 1 KLR650 wiring diagram, FYI:

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...a=X&ei=9bqBUsPbJLer4APrv4GQDA&ved=0CCsQ9QEwAA
  14. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Bingo!

    You guys nailed it. Replaced the fuse with a 15 amp one this morning. Thanks for the links, you guys are great.:thumb
  15. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    For what it's worth, I have a 15 amp fuse powering both the high and low beam, my high beam Dually LED's, and my fog light LED's. With all lights on high beam, that's not even 9 amps of current... Even when I flick high and low on at the same time via means of black magic (balancing the switch) with all LED's on I'm only at 12.5 amps... :ear

    Food for thought :norton
  16. 1ROGUERIDER

    1ROGUERIDER Earth Rider

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    :jack
  17. One Fat Roach

    One Fat Roach honey badger

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    best thing I read all day.
  18. SteelB12

    SteelB12 Long timer

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    My 09 has been sitting in my garage for six months while I was overseas for work. No trickle charger. All I did was dump some Stabil in the tank. 10 jabs of the starter later and she is up and running. :clap

    Did a short 50 mile ride. Didn't feel like a big, fat, underpowered single. It felt great riding the pig after such an absence. Looking forward to my Hippo Hands to arrive so I wont have cold hands anymore (I do have heated grips right now)
  19. russtwilson

    russtwilson n00b

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    Unfortunately, something came loose inside the top end of my engine on the way to work the other day. I felt a weird sensation in the engine, then it lost power completely. At first I thought maybe a line came loose, but it also felt like the engine just wasn't there anymore. It did allow me to pull in the clutch and pull over gracefully without locking up and throwing me at 75 mph on the freeway.

    I had it towed to a mechanic to open it up and give me an idea of what they think happened, but I already know there was metal loose where it shouldn't be inside the engine so it can't be good.

    Some thoughts that went through my mind are KACR or some other internal part breaking. But what? I replaced the doo about 1,000 miles ago, and besides, this was the top end of the motor I'm fairly certain. Chain in the engine?

    I think I'm SOL in terms of warranty. From what I've heard I doubt Kawasaki will do anything for me, but I'm pretty disappointed. Just 12,000 miles on the bike and hadn't even seen its first dirt road yet! It's been my commuter bike for the past couple of years.

    If the engine's toast I figure I'll just bring it back home and use it to teach myself how to put it back together (probably with a bigger bore). Any other suggestions? Any other thoughts as to what this could be while I wait for the mechanic's estimate?

    Thanks in advance for any help!
  20. bdcorrigan

    bdcorrigan Been here awhile

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    Eagle Mike Doo?