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post #1 of 7 Old 10-02-2019, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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Stuck on this

Originally just some electrical work turned into a full job, and I'm wondering if im doing too much, or at least if I'm replacing things that aren't detrimental.( But I'll get to that) Atm the bike is in peices, as the bike had zero maintenance and it only made since that maintenance would be easier if everything was cleaned like new, so I broke it all down. Months later no change, but im trying to put everything in it's place. So motors out the frame and i have a question related to the frame and rust. The rust on the frame isn't insane it's just bothersome, and I'm thinking a nice desert matte would look great! But my question really is traditional paint or powder coat? Powder coat looks cool for some things but the fact of them baking the frame at 400 I'm thinking it's probably not the best idea. And I imagine they would still cost about the same. What are yalls thoughts on this? And as far as the rest goes, I'm in need of a new swingarm bolt because I cut it to pull the motor. (they are pretty cheap online- wondering if they ever changed the bolt in the yrs87-18) as you'd guess the sleeves were stuck to the bolt and never budged, and the plastic peices I tore out to have more room. These arent the cheapest on Kawasaki part house. Any aftermarket ones that ppl stand by? If they are really extremely expensive I'm thinking of just ignoring it and moving on to other things like rubuilding the forks. After I replace the ones I broke/cut/tore of course. P.s I don't write often enough so sorry for the book and any run-on or errors. P.s.s I'll try to add a few pictures if I can to help name the parts I'm stuck with.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-02-2019, 10:35 AM
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Thomas,
Where are you living? You can go to "TOOLS" / "User CP" and add your nation, state or city. Helps to know what companies might sell in your area.

Pic 1,
Anyways, Western Power Sports (WPS) in the USA sell "Pivot Works" brand swingarm pivot bearings, sleeves & seals kits #52-0030 for $52.58 msrp thru their dealers.
And "Pivot Works" suspension linkage pivot bearings, sleeves & seals kits #52-03203 for $98.68 msrp.

The swingarm, lower rocker & linkage thru bolts or shafts are only OEM available, no aftermarket parts.
The swingarm pivot bolt #33032-1128 is used '87 - '18. As seen here, https://www.kawasakipartshouse.com/o...rch=33032-1128

Pic 2,
The Steering bearing adjustment spanner Nut is only OEM available & it must have the 2 fingered tab washer above it held down securely by the top crown nut to stay adjusted.
Or it will loosen Every Time the lower triple clamp is swung Left to Right while attempting to 'Adjust it'.
When the top nut is tightened, it will add just a 'hair more' preload to the bearing assembly.

I have seen pics of powder coated KLR frames on various forums.

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-02-2019, 12:12 PM
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Paul has you covered on the parts. Powdercoating is superior and will not harm the frame.

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post #4 of 7 Old 10-03-2019, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Located near Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I'll see what you mean with the website after the reply. Im looking into those from "pivot works" as it's the set I saw in a YouTube video of someone doing exactly this. I'm sending the frame and subframe to the powder company that the local motorcycle shop refered me to, As soon as I remove the few things still on the frame. As for the 2nd photo, I'm more confused as to how you're supposed to remove the entire assembly. Is there a tool that fits in the grooves? P.s another pic that might be better than the first pic #2
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-03-2019, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Also just curious if I have future question's with this bike if I should just use this thread rather than creating a new one. Didn't think about this before.
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-03-2019, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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Also, has anyone seen the Upgraded subframe bolt that eagle Mike provides by itself? I have the two smaller bolts that go on each of the bottom sides that are stronger than the original ones, I just ordered these without looking through the hole. Little did I realize it has already had the drill through and the larger bolt (which I missed placed when I first got the bike.) So I really only need the bolt/but/washer. $25 is the total of the whole kit, anything I can do besides order this and have extra bits and bolts?
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-03-2019, 10:36 AM
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Thanks! Located near Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I'll see what you mean with the website after the reply. Im looking into those from "pivot works" as it's the set I saw in a YouTube video of someone doing exactly this. I'm sending the frame and subframe to the powder company that the local motorcycle shop refered me to, As soon as I remove the few things still on the frame. As for the 2nd photo, I'm more confused as to how you're supposed to remove the entire assembly. Is there a tool that fits in the grooves? P.s another pic that might be better than the first pic #2
That spanner nut is only finger tight, 43 INCH Pounds,

Maybe a pair of pliers or a punch & hammer if someone Loc-Tited it.

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