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post #1 of 1 Old 06-11-2007, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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New Farkles!!!

Had a good day today. The big brown truck arrived around 2 pm with lots of new things for me to add to my KLR. My buddy and I set her up on a stand and removed the factory dog bones and installed my new bones raising her 1 inch over stock. WOW!! talk about a difference. Factory with rear spring set at 5 I could flat foot her with no problem. Now, I tippy toe and feel like I am pointed down hill, ROF. My buddy says the bike looks more natural under the "load" it carries with me on it. "Ahem, still don't know if I should take that as a compliment or an insult, but anyway, it feels much better. Once finished with that, we put her back up on the lift and pulled out the factory front springs and spacers and installed the new Studebaker progressive springs and short spacers. Will have to say, just sitting on it and bouncing it around, I couldn't tell you an ounce of difference, but, I didn't take it out and ride it, cause I knew I was going to check my valves and needed the motor cold. Also screwed on my new 90 degree valve stems, makes checking and adding air to the tires sooooo much easier . Removed all the body parts and tank, and proceeded to do all the stuff you have to do to check the valves. From what I can tell I'll be good till my next check, but you can read about that in my other post. I have to go get a in/lbs torque wrench tomorrow, so I can button the valve cover and stuff back up. Then I plan to do the subframe bolt upgrade and should be done with it sometime late tomorrow evening. I've got the doohickey in, but that is going to have to wait till my buddy is on his 8 days off again, which will be in about a month. Sucks not having a garage to have to work in, but we do what we can, ride and have fun. Thats it for now.

2008 DL650 VStrom Yellow and Black
Previous ride was a 2007 KLR Black/Silver, I miss it..
Looking to get back into KLR's sometime soon.

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