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post #1 of 18 Old 02-04-2009, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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There's a few things I want to due to my bike before the riding season starts just wanted to know if anybody had any comments on the products or any links to places that may be cheaper..

1. Studebaker Rx-14 exhaust with jet kit $216.95 from klr650.com
a. I was also thinking of doing the holesaw exhaust mod with the 22 cent mod for cheap factor $47.22 anybody do a combination of the two, how'd it work out?
2. radiator/reservoir guard combo $86 from happy-trail.com
3. engine guard/highway peg $89 from happy-trail.com
4. eagle mike doohickey upgrade?
a. wheres the best/cheapest place to get this... just call him directly?
b. do I need to buy the special tools? or just the puller?
c. short or long spring with the kit?
5. Lowering links $79.99 from klr650.com
6. skid plate $74.99 Happy-trail.com

That's all I really care to get done for now... anybody got any links to a power outlet? I found a dash/outlet kit on eBay for $40.

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That's all? Come on now...

I am relatively farkle free so I will bow out now.




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well I want the guards because I do plan to do a lot of off-road riding and have never had a liquid cooled bike and don't want to smash the rad...I am gunna look at making my own to save money since i have a small metal fab setup I'd like lowering links because i have short legs and an exhaust because I'd like better exhaust... i'd like to buy the exhaust and jet kit though because I don't know what ill be running in the future and don't want to drill the carb and screw myself later on... and the outlet because It would be nice for my gps I bought the klr to do a lot of adventure touring on, it was cheap so now i can do the upgrades i want without going over budget

p.s. where do i find the stap-on seat covers a couple people on here run?
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well I want the guards because I do plan to do a lot of off-road riding and have never had a liquid cooled bike and don't want to smash the rad...I am gunna look at making my own to save money since i have a small metal fab setup I'd like lowering links because i have short legs and an exhaust because I'd like better exhaust... i'd like to buy the exhaust and jet kit though because I don't know what ill be running in the future and don't want to drill the carb and screw myself later on... and the outlet because It would be nice for my gps I bought the klr to do a lot of adventure touring on, it was cheap so now i can do the upgrades i want without going over budget

p.s. where do i find the stap-on seat covers a couple people on here run?
I just ordered a gel seat it goes on just like a seat cover staples to the factory seat pan $154.00 or something like that. I am excited about it and alot easier to justify than a $350.00 corbin not to take anything from corbin just more than I want to spend. I have ordered most of my add on's from www.klr650.com ask for Brady they have been great.
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IMHO. I would replace the Doohicky first. The Doo can frag and end all happyness, without warning. I'd address that. If you have not looked into the Thermo Bob, at least study up on it, so you will know why heat warped your cylinder, giving you the opportunity to know first hand where you can get the best deal on gallon jugs of oil, 'cuz that's how you will be using it...by the gallons. I'm not much on after market exhaust, if modifications with the stock exhaust net some positive results.
I try to keep the whole farkle thing in some kind of perspective. If I had a race horse, should I focus on what color and kind of stable blanket it would look best in, or what colors the jockey would look best in, or should I first make sure the nag is fit and in shape to run before I sink one flat dime in how it looks?
You've heard it before, and in this case, it has real meaning: "Chrome won't get'cha home"
Your farkle list is very reasonable. I would just get some priority to it. Do as much of the mechanical and electrical modifications done as you can, as soon as you can. Eagle Mike for the doo. You may run into a snag installing it, and the crisis intervention that comes with the kit is worth twice what you would pay for the doo. If I were in your shoes, I would be looking for or start making noise about a tech day in your area. In case you are not familiar with all that, thats where a bunch of riders get together and wrench on each others bikes. Those who can wrench, do. Those who can't, better be good cooks and know how to stock the beer cooler. Good place for ideas, horse trading, and information that money just don't buy. I'm in kindergarden with all this, too. I put about 18,000 miles on a KLR last year. I wouldn't be able to do this much tweaking on most other bikes. Couldn't afford it, or have the skills / tools to do all that can be done on these bikes. With nothing more than a driveway, the local Walmart and a Goodwill Store, you can rebuild one of these things.
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Sorry.

I didn't mean to make you justify yourself. I was just kidding. I hope I didn't offend. Believe me, if I had more money and didn't have a baby my bike would have spinnin' rims.




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doo is definitely first on the list of priority (above list is no official order) im not about to let a $40 part ruin a motor, the guards i will most likely end up making and end up ordering a skid plate. its not that i want to throw a bunch of shit on it and say i have the coolest one around it's just that i know what im gunna do to it and don't want to break too much stuff... I'm putting an exhaust on for some oomph and to get rid the jingling change sound the muffler has now... i started looking at the thermo-bob definitely interested... im just trying to set up a reliable adv tourer...i'm a mechanic/welder/fabricator by trade so as much as i can make i will and i can install the rest so labor rates are not an issue
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I didn't mean to make you justify yourself. I was just kidding. I hope I didn't offend. Believe me, if I had more money and didn't have a baby my bike would have spinnin' rims.
no i understand... trust me doing the harley thing thats all you have to deal with is useless bullshit add-ons... mine has $80 drag pipes with no baffles, a jet kit and i wrapped the pipes with header wrap, thats all its got and besides a backrest for my wife thats all its gunna get, Im just tryin to set the klr up so its perfect for me you know so i can get it to a point where everything works together...
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IMHO. I would replace the Doohicky first. The Doo can frag and end all happyness, without warning. I'd address that. If you have not looked into the Thermo Bob, at least study up on it, so you will know why heat warped your cylinder, giving you the opportunity to know first hand where you can get the best deal on gallon jugs of oil, 'cuz that's how you will be using it...by the gallons. I'm not much on after market exhaust, if modifications with the stock exhaust net some positive results.
I try to keep the whole farkle thing in some kind of perspective. If I had a race horse, should I focus on what color and kind of stable blanket it would look best in, or what colors the jockey would look best in, or should I first make sure the nag is fit and in shape to run before I sink one flat dime in how it looks?
You've heard it before, and in this case, it has real meaning: "Chrome won't get'cha home"
Your farkle list is very reasonable. I would just get some priority to it. Do as much of the mechanical and electrical modifications done as you can, as soon as you can. Eagle Mike for the doo. You may run into a snag installing it, and the crisis intervention that comes with the kit is worth twice what you would pay for the doo. If I were in your shoes, I would be looking for or start making noise about a tech day in your area. In case you are not familiar with all that, thats where a bunch of riders get together and wrench on each others bikes. Those who can wrench, do. Those who can't, better be good cooks and know how to stock the beer cooler. Good place for ideas, horse trading, and information that money just don't buy. I'm in kindergarden with all this, too. I put about 18,000 miles on a KLR last year. I wouldn't be able to do this much tweaking on most other bikes. Couldn't afford it, or have the skills / tools to do all that can be done on these bikes. With nothing more than a driveway, the local Walmart and a Goodwill Store, you can rebuild one of these things.
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Are you a KLR god that just joined, a lurker for about seven years? or ... which forum?

Good advice. I wish I had had that when I started. Tech-days, YES! learn from the elders. Priorty, Yes. Mechanical, before visible always. If you guys from the last tech-day in Sacramento didn't see... Larryboy makes the walk around at every tech-day just touching your steering nut. He found, I think three that go round that was loose. Its the little things. In my opinion this was a very good reply to this thread. After market exhaust.... More money than horsepower, looks nice though, and sounds cool. Tomatocity, chime in when you want... Vatrader... Welcome

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I know where your coming from post pic's as you go. You will be amazed at the difference in power after a pipe and getting it some air and fuel.
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