romancing the SHREK

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by oneway, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. oneway

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    :velvt So where to start?

    I'm prepping a KLR for a long trip. Sights are set on central/south America ....and I promise not to build a solar car.
    I've been riding most all my life. took my first trip in Mexico with my father when I was 11. All dirt. And they didn't have bungee cords or mono shock suspensions back then.
    Background:
    I have a 2006 KLR650 that has 3600 miles on it. why?
    Because I had a GL1800 since 2003 and my wife and I drove that thing all over. We did the iron butt on that thing, we rode across America, We went to Cabo and back, rode dirt roads. We pulled a timeout trailer at times. We went out for breakfast one day, and came back 2 days later. It was that kind of bike.
    2 months ago, October 27th, 2013, I was hit in an intersection on the wing. Thank God my wife wasn't with me. I broke some ribs, the right leg, and had some staples in my back for a deep laceration. The wing is toast.
    But I have backup!
    Funny how things affect people in different ways. My wife doesn't care to ride, and I can't wait. The KLR is a 1 up bike.
    While recuperating I scoured this site for info. I had done some upgrades but now its time to get serious. Ride reports like "tuckers to tdf" inspired me, and honestly, they helped me more than I can explain. And I'm not talking about the nuts and bolts part of a trip.
    So now it's my turn to give back. I signed up on the tent space thread. I intend to show the prep work for an extended trip on a gen 1 KLR. Pictures as soon as I can figure out how to operate my new camera and upload from smugmug.
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    okay, maybe have it figured out. here's how we used to roll
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    back in the day
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    and what she looks like now
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    glad my wife wasn't with me on that short trip. missed my kneecap by about 28". and that's where her leg goes.
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    so I'm starting over with a 2006 KLR650 we named the SHREK. this is just a file photo. I've had it since new. 3600 miles on the clock.
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    I wanted to replace the rear shock. After some research I actually decided to have the stock shock spring replaced. I went to www.topgunmotorcycles.com and decided on the 8.0 spring based on what I want to do. About $110 including the return shipping. Previously, even though I only had 3600 miles on the bike I had indications that the spring was too weak. You know......little signs like coming back to the bike and finding it horizontal instead of the vertical orientation you left it in. Stuff like that.
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    had to get at the top bolt for the shock, move hose out of the way
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    I have the lowering links. drop them out of the way, the shock will drop down.
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    here is the stock shock with 3600 miles on it.
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    All jacked up, and nowhere to go
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    So my wife named the bike. SHREK was big in 06, and the bike is GREEN!
    We were walking across a dirt parking lot one day and found a SHREK toy. Hmmmm..... I got an idea.
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    SHREK is actually a switch for my heated grips.
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    Now it's gone too far
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    trying a different size picture here......
    The shock is back. sent off Friday, returned by Thursday. And that's over the New year holiday. Rod at top gun emailed me and said the shock was about half worn, easy to compress and a little quick on the rebound. He estimated about 10-15 thousand left on it or rebuild for an estimated 30,000 miles. I opted for the rebuild. The total job, spring, rebuild, and shipping back $217.50
    They also sent back the old seal head and piston O-ring.
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    I've heard the KLR leaves the factory light in the grease department on the swing arm, so I'm going to take it off and have a look.
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    There's enough room to just move the spring out of the way, but I'm gonna take it off to get it out of the way.
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    This nut comes off, and bolt removed.
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    Of course, the normal stuff first. Remove brake caliper and tie it out of the way.
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