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post #1 of 14 Old 05-13-2011, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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2009 KLR 650 exhaust heat shield problem

2009 KLR 650 exhaust heat shield problem

Hello all from North Texas.

Is it normal for the heat shield on the exaust tail pipe to be loose? Mine is really loose and I can't seem to get the hex bolts loose. Should I remove them and add simple stainless washers or some kind of heat resistant washer?

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-13-2011, 08:31 PM
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I got the same thing happening on my 08. It's annoying having that thing rattling away while your riding. I was debating removing it in favor of heat wrap or something. Not sure yet if that's a good idea or not so for now I'm living with it.
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So do you think it can be tightened anymore? What are heat wraps?
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Maybe just take it off. Humm.... tin foil, thats the thing! Just kidding!

Some more shims I think.
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Heat wrap is an insulating fabric that will keep heat in.
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-13-2011, 09:05 PM
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Basically it's a wrap that would take the place of the existing heat shield plate. It would keep the heat from radiating out and cooking your leg. I don't know about your perticular case but i tried to remove my heat shield and the bolts won't budge. I also first thought of shimming it with a washer or two but that can't happen anymore since I'm going to probably ruin it getting it off. Plus I'm not a fan of how it looks anyhow.
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post #7 of 14 Old 05-13-2011, 09:46 PM
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Yep, my rubbers went bad. I got a new pair at the dealer. Might have been four or eight bucks for the pair. Worth it.
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Same on my 2009 KLR. My brother is a mechanic and brought is hair impact tool over and they came off easily with no damage to anything. There are rubber grommets and a metal spacer-type washer thingy that goes on the back side closest to the pipe. The rubber grommets seem like a poor idea - it seems very predictable that they will not withstand the heat. it seems like there would be a better material or way of dampening that shield so it wont vibrate. I'm going to do a little searching and see if I can find something better that will work - maybe even springs or something. Anyone got any ideas?

Also, what kind of lock-tight (if any) should you use on the bolts to prevent them from freezing up?
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-23-2017, 12:29 PM
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OK;

the stock bolts will bottom out when the shield is still loose unless you use the factor washers or some other spacer

the factory washers are NOT rubber (rubber will melt) they are heat resistant fibrous washers. You can buy them cheap at the dealer and replace whenever necessary or you can try to find something else that would hold up to the heat.....maybe exhaust manifold gasket material in appropriate thickness and cut your own but I doubt it's worth the effort personally.

I use anti-seize on the muffler bolts (the ones holding the header pipe to the head as well as the heat shield bolts)


Hope this helps,
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Thanks Dave!
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