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post #1 of 44 Old 10-12-2017, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question Cheap Ebay Header, Anyone Hear of These?

Apparently there's a knock-off header for Gen 1 KLR's on ebay.
Has anyone tried one of these? If not, I'm half tempted to report back to everyone what the fitment and build quality is like.
They're shiny, but shiny isn't always good. I had ebay headers on my Legacy wagon when I had it. They looked nice and the welds were done very well, but I had to cut and lengthen the crossover by about 1.5 inches.


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I have zero experience with that part or aftermarket headers for KLR's period....though I have had in other applications. I'd be concerned about the fitment, sealing surfaces and finish. Since the Gen2 header is a quality, tubular, SS pce, I'd personally buy a used one of those LONG before some Chinese knock off.

remember that a leak at the header to silencer junction can destroy the airbox......and a hole in the airbox (dirty side) can and will destroy an engine.

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I have zero experience with that part or aftermarket headers for KLR's period....though I have had in other applications. I'd be concerned about the fitment, sealing surfaces and finish. Since the Gen2 header is a quality, tubular, SS pce, I'd personally buy a used one of those LONG before some Chinese knock off.

remember that a leak at the header to silencer junction can destroy the airbox......and a hole in the airbox (dirty side) can and will destroy an engine.

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As I mentioned before, I'd definitely be concerned about the fitment. But I loved my FMF PowerBomb to FMF PowerCore4 on my DRZ400; however, FMF is a super reputable company. No sealing issues or fitment problems.
I even loved my DG slip-on for my YFZ450.
It's so cheap that I'd be tempted to just try it.

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Yeah, FMF is fine.....DG is OK.....most chinese crap = crap. If you buy it, let us know; I'm too jaded to even try after buying one too many substandard, ebay, chinese knockoff garbage parts.....been there, done that, got the T shirt. I'd say I'd never do it again, but the stuff is so prevalent, I'm sure I will have no choice at some point. :-(


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Yeah, FMF is fine.....DG is OK.....most chinese crap = crap. If you buy it, let us know; I'm too jaded to even try after buying one too many substandard, ebay, chinese knockoff garbage parts.....been there, done that, got the T shirt. I'd say I'd never do it again, but the stuff is so prevalent, I'm sure I will have no choice at some point. :-(


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For scientific purposes, I'll buy one at some point. I'd like to do some testing with one of those "test pipes" and see how it works.
I'd actually be curious how that and one of those Danmoto slip-ons work. There isn't any silencers or spark arrestors on them. Super high-flow exhaust?
I do plan on getting a pumper carb and jetting the thing since I feel like our CVK40's are a bit antiquated.

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Check for the same item on alibaba.com direct from China they come a good bit cheaper but you have to buy in quantity. If you buy 5 or more the price comes down to ~$59 each. https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...419bd20dkofhY4
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Daniel Kavcak, you suggest some esoteric modifications of minimal effect, e.g., trick header, upside-down forks, even a replacement carburetor for the "outdated" CVK40.

Just wonderin' . . . what goals/purposes have you in mind? What is your schedule and budget for these (to me) functionally trivial mods?

Nothing wrong with dreaming; just wondering at your actual intent to implement the mods you mention.

If you should modify your bike, by all means share the "before" and "after" performance change with the forum membership.
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Check for the same item on alibaba.com direct from China they come a good bit cheaper but you have to buy in quantity. If you buy 5 or more the price comes down to ~$59 each. https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...419bd20dkofhY4
Just for comparison purposes, I paid $20 for the last Gen2 SS tube header I purchased off ebay...

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I have zero experience with that part or aftermarket headers for KLR's period....though I have had in other applications. I'd be concerned about the fitment, sealing surfaces and finish.

remember that a leak at the header to silencer junction can destroy the airbox......and a hole in the airbox (dirty side) can and will destroy an engine.

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I believe that Dave actually intended to say,
"a hole in the airbox (clean side) can and will destroy an engine."

As in after the filter foam. Or between filter and carb.

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I believe that Dave actually intended to say,
"a hole in the airbox (clean side) can and will destroy an engine."

As in after the filter foam. Or between filter and carb.
I did; thanks.

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