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post #1 of 6 Old 12-24-2019, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Turn signal stalk mod

Like many KLRistas, I had some rubber turn signal stalks go bad—three at once, actually. I looked at options and ended up going with 3D Cycle Parts (available for $25 delivered from Amazon or eBay). I did this mod on my Gen 1, though the kit is also available for the Gen 2.

* Just FYI, in case you’re gonna ask: 1. I didn’t go with LEDs on this one, though I did on my other KLR. 2. While I might’ve been able to gather the parts from a hardware store or fabricate them myself, the entire kit was only $20–and it was well thought out—so I went with it.

Though I did watch the installation video about a month ago, I didn’t watch it today before I installed them. That might’ve been a good idea as there are a couple of small points that make the install go easier. Watch the video.

As well, I would’ve done things a bit differently, by using the existing nuts—or at least the same sized nuts—but that was no big deal. The install is straight forward and the entire job took less than 90 minutes...the first one taking the longest.

NOTES: 1. Your signals will be closer to the bike, though you can use spacers to push them out a bit if you like. 2. I didn’t need to remove the front cowling to do the front signal install. 3. If your bike was previously modded in any way—like mine, for an aftermarket rear rack—you’ll have to slightly tweak the install...but nothing major, usually just some wire routing. 4

I highly recommend this kit if you’d like to keep your existing turn signal set-up—whether or not yours is broken or about ready to break.

Good luck!

And here’s the video: https://youtu.be/7lXGlOlQuro
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-25-2019, 07:44 AM
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Did the same to mine several months ago. Well worth it, imho.

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post #3 of 6 Old 12-25-2019, 03:22 PM
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i got a delete kit comin for a gen 2 , good idea, hopefully not too bad to mount
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post #4 of 6 Old Yesterday, 11:41 PM
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The folks at 3D were super nice and they must have shipped an hour after I ordered.
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post #5 of 6 Old Today, 01:36 PM
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I may or may not have 1 original 1987 turn signal left on my bike. I'm certain that I have replaced the other 3 signals at least once in the past 32 years.
But none of them currently show any signs of rubber deterioration / fatigue like your pic shows. And my bike has spent the last 25 summers outside in the higher altitude Wyoming sunshine.

Must be cleaner air way up here, 5347 feet, but there ought to be more UV rays because of that, correct? I hope that they don't all fail this summer.

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The turn signal stalks on my '09 all went out this fall. I used the kits from 3D as a fix. So far, so good.

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