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post #1 of 31 Old 09-23-2016, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Post Top 3 mods every KLR should have

Thought it would be interesting to see what YOU think should be Top 3 mods on ever KLR650 (tires excluded), and let's just keep it to 3.

My bike is mainly used as dual sport, so from my point of view Top 3 mods would be:
  1. Skid Plate (To protect engine)
  2. Crash bars (To protect sides)
  3. Handguars (To protect levers from braking off, when bike is dropped)

Looking forward to see what YOU think should be Top 3 mods and why.

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What? Only one comfort item?!?!? LOL.
Mostly agree with you! Other than the hand guards. Though right now they'd rock. But than again so would grip heaters. If that's all you were going to do though, I'd change the hand guards for the doo.
Nice question by the way. Makes a guy think.
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Thought it would be interesting to see what YOU think should be Top 3 mods on ever KLR650 (tires excluded), and let's just keep it to 3.

My bike is mainly used as dual sport, so from my point of view Top 3 mods would be:
  1. Skid Plate (To protect engine)
  2. Crash bars (To protect sides)
  3. Handguars (To protect levers from braking off, when bike is dropped)

Looking forward to see what YOU think should be Top 3 mods and why.

Cheers!
I agree, qualifying the list with the proviso: For off-road riding survival.

For those who never stray off pavement, not so much. Of course, laying one down even on pavement can trash the levers and plastic. Off-road, chances are, the bike WILL go down. Thus, the recommendations appear valid in any case.

Skid plate? Might be optional, for a road-ridden only KLR. With rocks a possibility; highly necessary, IMHO.
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OK,
EM Doo-Hickey (with Torsion Spring) for increased reliability on street or trail.

Wattman Thermo-Bob for improved fuel mileage and longevity.

PDW Oil Flow mods,
PDW Oil Flow Mods, order of importance.

for improved fuel mileage, possibly reduced oil consumption and longer oil life and possibly increased longevity.

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Hmmmm; completely depends on usage and keeping it to only three is a huge challenge IMO.


...but here goes:

- 1) tires: D606 and MT21 for me

- 2) pegs: Knightdesigns drop pegs

- 3) skidplate: JNS or Ricochet


Personally, I'd also consider bars and handguards a necessity and I wouldn't want to live without my Cogent suspension and 320mm/SV front brake upgrade (easily the two most functional upgrades by an entire order of magnitude.)

I could live without the other stuff I've done though the KLX kit is cheap and the airbox mods, T mod and safety switch bypasses were free...



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....Yeah the EM doo and torsion spring is a "must doo" (pun intended)

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Dave,
He did suggest "excluding Tires".

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I totally agree that TOP 3 mods will depend on where YOU ride, and that's the reason I am asking what are the 3 mods YOU consider important, not 3 mods that would be important for John or Julie who live few blocks from you and ride different type of terrain.

Feel free to include info on type of riding you do, but remember to keep it down to TOP 3
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Dave,
He did suggest "excluding Tires".
....you know I have trouble with reading comprehension!


OK, fine; swap my tires for the Doo then.


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I ride mostly pavement so
1 Do the Doo
2 Thermo bob
3 16 tooth front sprocket
Oh such a short list !
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