I can't find the "KLR 18" Front Wheel" threads.

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by BigT, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. BigT

    BigT Been here awhile

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    I was told (over on klr650.net) that there were some threads on here about the 18 inch front wheel mod for the KLR650, but my multiple searches aren't resulting in any success.

    Does anyone have some helpful links I can use to find them?
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  2. jwolf

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    Racer has and 18 inch front on his KLR.
    contact him.
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    NDTransplant Been here awhile

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  4. BigT

    BigT Been here awhile

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  5. NDTransplant

    NDTransplant Been here awhile

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    Ya, I thought about that later. Thought maybe you were so fresh into the project you'd grab at any ol' crumb....:lol3

    Gotta be something on adv about the 18-er....I'll let you know if I come across anything.
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  6. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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    Here's the cliff notes:

    Slow Guy #1: eighteen inch fronts are better.
    Slow Guy #2-5: yeah
    Slow Guy #6-8: why?
    Slow Guy #9: sand and TW200 blah blah
    Me: yer idiots and here's why....

    /thread
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  7. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Here's one for ya.

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  8. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Another.

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  9. BigT

    BigT Been here awhile

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    I thought your bike was red... :huh Have you got two of those, or did you just swap fairings??

    My rim and spokes are supposed to ship tomorrow, and my tire and rotor are waiting for me at Zoom.

    Right now I'm working on my wedge fairing mod. I didn't like the slant the first time around, so I'm making taller/wider wedges. :D
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  10. BigT

    BigT Been here awhile

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    I don't need to find those threads anymore. It's done. :D

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  11. JSEARS

    JSEARS Armed Adventurer

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    I have a 19 on mine...more tire choices with a 19. I went through Buchanan's Spoke & Rim for the rim and spoke set, My old man laced it to the stock hub for me (he has a balancer)

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  12. BigT

    BigT Been here awhile

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    I considered a 19" wheel, but there's actually more tire choices in 18" for the kind of tires I wanted to run (knobbies). If I was going to run more street oriented tires, I would have opted for the 19".
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  13. biggyfries

    biggyfries Been here awhile

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    I have an 18 incher on the front of my KLR, and I can't say there is a huge improvement anywhere, unless you ride where there are lots of rocks. The 18 incher with a suitable big tire shrugs off big hits that would ding a 21 inch rim. Just the benefit of a thicker tire will resist damage when hitting rocks, curbs, or any other obstacle you might hit.
    Handling feels a bit different, but not really better or worse, just different. The guys I ride with say they think I have better traction in corners (in the dirt)--I can't prove it.
    I had a set of knobbys on for a couple of years and recently swapped over to smoother tires for hiway use, and the 18 inch front does seem to stick a bit better on pavement. I have a pair of spare rims with stock size knobbies for the dirt--this works out well, I can swap rims in a few minutes and add flexibility to my KLR--now if I could find a way to make it a better tourer I would have the ultimate do-it-all bike. She just doesn't have enough motor for touring (seriously)--my bike is really comfortable but she's no tourer.
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  14. JSEARS

    JSEARS Armed Adventurer

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    Yeah I should have specified

    Knobbies - 18
    Street - 19

    I run metzeler tourance tires which are 80/20..they don't make a 18
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  15. BigT

    BigT Been here awhile

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    Yup, that's been my experience as well. At low speeds the steering feels a lot heavier, and at speed I really don't notice a lot of improvement in handling.

    Aesthetically it looks neat, but overall I think it was a big waste of money.

    It also means I spend more money on tires now. About $25 a set more, just so I can look cool. :rolleyes
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  16. JSEARS

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    My KLR gets ridden 90%+ road, the 19 feels far more planted in the corners.
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  17. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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    My 19" front makes it steer better for sure. I do like the 21" for off road tho'.

    I have 2 sets of wheels so makes it easy to swap around.
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  18. BigT

    BigT Been here awhile

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    Mine too.

    The knobbies are definitely a trade-off, but I like the option to leave the pavement any time I like, without having to give it a second thought.
    (it is a dual sport after all). :wink:
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