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post #1 of 22 Old 01-19-2010, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thermo-Bob ???

I just read on another forum about a fella who installed a thermobob on his KLR and shortly afterward overheated his bike. Now there's lots more to the story and I'm still not convinced that the thermobob was the culprit. So, my question is....Has anyone ever had a problem or heard of any problems with a thermobob?

I have a new 09 that I'm planning on installing the BOB before spring. I guess I have another question. My bike has ZERO miles on it. Yup, never been riden. Should I put the bob on or should I ride the bike a bit to see what the temps are like and then put it on after a little riding?
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I've never read or heard anything bad, and yeah, if it were me I'd put it on before I put 5 miles on. Good for break in.




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I followed the development of the t-bob from the time it was being prototyped - before I even owned a KLR, as I recall. I didn't put one in until a couple of weeks ago.

All that time I was waiting to hear if there were long term problems with the thing. I never heard anything negative from a long term perspective.

So, what Lockjaw said.

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No reason to be concerned about the Thermobob.

If you read what the complainer posted there is little to substantiate his claim. When asked specifc questions he could not provide a direct answer. I believe he installed it without instructions (that were sent to him). Too many things to mention and not worth the negativity. The end result is the complainer returned the product and refunded the price.
The seller is an excellent person, builds a bulletproof product, and is available for help if needed. The well priced Thermobob is worth every dollar you will pay for it.
The complainer is a good forum participant and usually a lot of fun with good advice.

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A number one mistake of someone who isn't too mechanically inclined is when flushing and refilling, the owner doesn't get all the air out of the coolant system then gets a overheating situation due to air in the system. I see quite a few home mechanics break tools because they don't know how to use them. Experience counts for a lot.

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Thanks for the feedback guys. This particular instance from the other forum wasn't enough to make me not install the thermobob, but it was enough to question if anyone else had experienced troubles. I usually do a lot of investigating on new gadgets to play with and this was THE ONLY time I've heard anything closely negative related to the thermobob. (And like I said before, I think there's something else going on than direct involvement with the thermobob.) I just wanted to put it out to this group to see what I could learn.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. This particular instance from the other forum wasn't enough to make me not install the thermobob, but it was enough to question if anyone else had experienced troubles. I usually do a lot of investigating on new gadgets to play with and this was THE ONLY time I've heard anything closely negative related to the thermobob. (And like I said before, I think there's something else going on than direct involvement with the thermobob.) I just wanted to put it out to this group to see what I could learn.
You are a smart person for investigating new purchases.

The Thermobob is not a gadget though something Kawasaki does not include at the factory where most other factory's do. You won't be disappointed.

Now about the Doohickey, 685 kit, new seat, 320 front brake rotor,... WTF!

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Ya, the thermobob and doohickey were on the automatic list from the get go. I think I'll run the bike a bit and see what the oil consumption is like. That will determine how fast I go after the 685. The seat will also be determined after a bit of ride time. I hate to say it, but the real factor may be my bike fund. Some of the "other" things will probably have to wait for the next year.
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Because I am lazy, could someone please tell me who is selling the Thermo-Bob?

Please don't say Eagle Engineering because I just called him yesterday morning to order a rotor puller wrench to do the Doo.

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Here you go;http://watt-man.xanga.com/

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