I don't like the KLR vacuum-operated petcock. I think it's a problem waiting to happen, and I got in the habit of reaching down and shutting motorcycle petcocks off thirty years ago.
One of the first things I did to mine was remove the vacuum operated stuff and install a blanking plate and gasket. The first time I did it, I have to admit, I did a shoddy, quick job of it and it leaked. The second go-round was better executed, but I still wasn't really happy with it.
vatrader happened to mention (http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.p...atrader&page=2
) that there is a petcock available that is stock on a Yamaha 660 Raptor that is a drop-in replacement.
I couldn't resist and, since I had an order brewing with Ayers anyway, I added one to the cart.
I wasn't sure what to call this, as it isn't a farkle, nor is it a mod. Given my distaste for the vacuum-operated petcock, I decided it was an upgrade. I owe vatrader for the 411 on this, hence the name.
Here's a comparison of the two units:
Obviously, the reserve tube is much shorter. Looking at it, it would be easy to extend to the stock KLR length, but I've never relied on reserve to tell me when I need gas, so I left it alone. If you don't modify it, and you go on reserve, GO GET GAS!!
Installing it is as simple as removing the tank, pulling the two bolts out, and installing the Raptor petcock. Torque gently on re-installation. The stock fuel hose works with no modification, but the position is different, which calls for some trimming on the solenoid cover.
The finished view: