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post #1 of 39 Old 04-28-2010, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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no more xr 650, got a 06 klr. need help

Hi all,

well i parted my xr 650L and my KX 500 and bought myself a 2006 klr with 1600 miles on it.

Apart from the alu skid plate and tall wind shield it is bone stock.

would like a fmf q4 exhaust, fork brace, progressive spring, possibly rejet and air filter?

If i want to spend 1000$ in mods. are those the one to do?

Is the fmf Q4 a good choice ( power wise) don t really care about the noise.

I want a pipe that does not stick out to long, the fmf seemed short to me?

any help will be great.

thanks and happy to join you guys.
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post #2 of 39 Old 04-28-2010, 09:09 AM
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Farkles are a personal choice, but I do recommend that you replace the Doohickey as soon as you can.
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As far as adding power to a KLR I don't think you'll accomplish a whole lot with a muffler and jetting. As the ol' saying goes - "There's no replacement for displacement."
What you want to do with it determines where you spend your farkle money.

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"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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post #4 of 39 Old 05-02-2010, 09:48 PM
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You can add some kick and instant throttle response by doing the "22 cent mod".
Also turning out the idle screw 2-3 turns depending on your altitude. No jet
kit is necessary. Those aren't the lean spots where the EPA tests. That's at
idle and 3,000 rpm cruise, which are affected by the idle screw and washers under the
vac-needle sitting down in the main jet.
A KLX needle accomplishes the same thing, as does a 94-98 HD Sporster needle.
Just to be safe at WOT, I jetted up on the main, but that was overkill and not
really needed. I don't spend much time at full crank, so mileage is still around 50 when
I baby it to work and around town.
An aftermarket exhaust isn't needed until more cc's or headwork is utilized. I drilled
some holes in the stocker and intake box for better flow and that's all these things
need in stock trim.

Have fun and ride the crap out of it. LOL
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post #5 of 39 Old 05-02-2010, 11:15 PM
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Fred, welcome to KLRforum and your new to you '06. Is it a Greenie?

Read, read, read!

-Sounds like you really want to add an aftermarket exhaust. That is the most expensive and least effective. The stock exhaust sounds wimpy but it will do all you need all the way through a 685 kit.

-If you want to spend $450 purchase and install a 685 kit and you will see the most for bang for your buck you will ever experience with a KLR.

-Eagle Doohickey with Torsion spring as soon as possible.

Handling:
-Eagle fork brace, new fork oil set at 180mm-170mm, MotoWizard Preload Adjusters, Progressive springs, either Ricor Fork Valves or Racetech Gold Valves.
-Adjust steering stem.
-Set the sag.
-Tires and Tire pressure.
-Adjust the rear shock Preload and Rebound.

Check your gas mileage before you start making changes. Make as few changes at one times as possible. Your gas milesage will tell you if all is well.

Engine:
-UNI air cleaner.
-Adjust the valves.
-22 cent mod. Start with one #4 stainless steel washer.
-Adjust the pilot jet screw 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 turns.
-Remove the Air Intake Grommet (BaaWaa factor).
-PCV mod.

Loosen and re-torque Everything.

This should get you started.

Oh, and a KLR is not a HD. Stick to KLR proven mods.

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Welcome Fredodito, "don t really care about the noise."
Others on this planet may, just sayin'.

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Welcome Fredodito, "don t really care about the noise."
Others on this planet may, just sayin'.
And many of those that care tend to loudly complain to those that make new rules that affect all of us..
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guys guys (M. DonD) lets relax here I'm not talking about a strait pipe Harley... I'm talking about a KLR with a aftermarket pipe... ?????!!!!!!!

Anyway for those that replied with useful info thanks very much i can use every little bit of it, you guys are great.
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post #9 of 39 Old 05-03-2010, 10:04 AM
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Ever hear one of the aftermarket pipes? Or put it this way.. Ever NOT hear one??

Do as you wish, as it's your bike.. Just remember that you're actions affects us all.. I know you're not talking about one of the "Lifestyle" jokes that typically arrives on a loud Harley, but we all get bunched together in the eyes of a non-motorcyclist.
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I apologize again for mentioning HD parts, Tomato. If one mics
the Sporster needle and KLX needle they will measure the same. Just mentioning
things that can help all of us out. Someone had to try DR footpegs to see if
they worked as a proven KLR mod, and the Keihn CV40 is run by many manufacturers
including both Kaw and Harley. Many of the internals match. Some don't. Please be more
open minded towards my few but workable ideas. There's HD dealers all over the place,
many more than our beloved Kaw shoppes. I would never mention anything that doesn't
fit or work. The diaphram is too thick to be lifted by one cylinder effectively
and I won't tell anyone to run it. Needles are interchangeable. I promise.

Sorry again if I offended.
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