Vibration Dampening - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
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post #1 of 4 Old 12-19-2019, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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Vibration Dampening

Was thinking of putting rubber washers on all of my engine mounts to reduce vibrations. Dumb idea? Probably. What say you guys?

Please do not lecture me on the effects of temperature and density altitude on an internal combustion engine -Thank you.

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post #2 of 4 Old 12-19-2019, 09:50 AM
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...probably not a good idea; just using washers would still have metal to metal contact between the bolt and mount. I'm assuming your counterbalance system is operating correctly? While a certain amount of vibration is normal, there are ways and means of reducing it:

- 685 kit ( the lighter piston better matches the counterbalance weights)
- rubber pegs - some aftermarket pegs have removable rubber inserts for road use
- vibration dampening bar mounts (RoxRiser)
- vibration damped bars (sorry, can't remember the brand)
- thick grips (progrip 714's) or even foam grip puppies (not a fan, they don't hold up for the kind of riding I do)

I've found that a good set of bars and handguards helps (I use Renthals and Acerbis or Fastway handguards). I avoid all solutions that add weight/inertia to the bars like bar end weights, bar snakes, filling the bars with lead shot, etc. etc. ....these things can help with vibration but have other negative effects as well.

Hope this helps,

Dave
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-19-2019, 12:10 PM
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I added a Kaoko Trottle Lock to My 08KLR and for symmetry I add the bar weight to the other side and along with the Progrips 714 and I have to say that it was a incredible result. I went from wanting to get rid of the bike to not a chance in hell.
Like DPelletier, I dont like to add weight but some times the trade off can be worth it. it is a expensive test unless you just add the bar weights. Me I wanted to the lock for HWY commutes.

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post #4 of 4 Old 12-19-2019, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Dave, already have the Progrip grips, and I had a friend install these anti vibration inserts from Faast Company into the ends of my Renthal Fatbars so she’s already pretty smooth. Just getting farkle fever during the off season haha. But I’m open to any ideas. I’ve got vibration isolators for my mirrors too.
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