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post #1 of 12 Old 03-31-2008, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Subframe Bolts (Upgrade)

When I go to www.klr650.com and I look at their subframe upgrade I noticed drill bits in the picture. What are those for?

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The bits are to drill through the upper sub frame mounting points on the main frame. The smaller creates a pilot hole which is made the proper size by the larger. Best to use a good drill, 1/2 inch if possible. It will take a while so be patient.
Have some rags to cover the openings in the airbox & carb & any other openings you see.

Here is my experience if you are interested: http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.p...ight=sub+frame

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Yep, patience is a virtue doing this, but well worth the effort, if you plan on carrying some heavy loads.

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Just did the subframe upgrade. I had the bigcee bolts in my toolbox since OCTOBER of 02. Yes, I'm a slacker but i used to work 16 hour days, 6 days a week, 3.5 hours a day in L.A. traffic but I owned my own brand new house with 3 car garage.

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That farkle list is getting LONGGGGGg Paulo... You been busy.. LOL

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I have this disease. When i jump into something, I usually GO BIG. My Hayabusa suffers from the same affliction.

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Was the subframe upgrade easy to do? I am going to do it myself one of these days.

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Thanks, Whitey. KAWI Besides having to take a bunch of stuff off(tank, rear exhaust,loosening the carb boot..minor things) ,The drilling is the hardest part and a 1/2 air drill or strong electric drill with new or sharp drill bits make quick work of the hole enlargening. And while your tank is off, line up some other tasks like changing your spark plug, adjusting valves, Maybe upgrade your horn, changing the glass fuses with blade types etc,... TPI has a April special going on- free shipping for anyone interested

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Don't forget to do the Carb T mod while your under there too. Shoot if ya got some miles on the bike say around 6000 and not had it checked, this would be good time to do a valve clearance check and replace shims if needed. +1 on BIG drill and good bits. I don't remember having to remove exhaust tho or messing with my carb while doing my subframe. My Mad Kaw disease is becoming annoying...LOL

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