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post #1 of 15 Old 07-03-2011, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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What are the tallest handlebar rising blocks you can use without running into issues with control cables/wire routing, etc.?



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post #2 of 15 Old 07-03-2011, 10:53 AM
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Have not put any risers on a klr yet. But done it on several other bikes and have found that 3/4-1" is about the maximum I have been able to get on a riser before new cables and such are needed.


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It is not a problem to put 2" risers on either gen of the KLR. Rox Risers or PowerMadd are bothe great pivoting risers. Sometimes it takes some minor cable rerouting but does not require longer cables.
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Thanks for the info, guys. I want to experiment with some different bar configurations using risers.



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post #5 of 15 Old 07-04-2011, 01:17 PM
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Reverse the throttle cables from top of grip to below grip.Remove the metal cable keepers on each of the fork tubes where they attach at the tripple tree. I used 2" Eagle Mike risers without any problems and stock cables. This mod was done at 40,000 km and the odometer now reads 64,000 km.

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You can get the Tusk Risers for cheap from rockmtnatv or ebay. Work great.

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All very good info. Never would have known any of that. Good stuff to know for future modifications.


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post #8 of 15 Old 09-12-2011, 08:01 PM
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I have the wonderful 2 inch rubber loaded vibe dampened Rox risers./

Wonderfully made.

But.

While recently chasing wire rubs and gremlins, and I have all the crap off my bike, with the bike up on a bike jack, (wheels off ground) I made an observation, when you slowly rotate the steering back and forth (like you are turning left and right) you will see that the "rise" also puts stress on the bits of the harness that run up to the ignition as well.

Yes, you can re-route to cover the throttle, etc., but i overlooked the potential stress on the ignition harness.

You have to have your plastics off, tank off, etc., to fully appreciate the oversight (ON MY PART).

I loved the end result from my Rox anti vibes, I truly did.... but I am going back to stock until I figure out where the wiring gremlins are "sleeping" and waiting for me.

i may have pulled something... and it aint the doo hickey..
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Actually, I feel stupid about this, but after having some middle-of-the-back pain, etc. and wondering about it, I finally realized that the dealer had rotated my stock bars too far forward. I rotated them back (bar ends came back and down about an inch) and all is well. Much more comfortable and natural feel now.



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After installing risers, found engine died when bars at full left lock.

Suspected "electrical gremlin," as spanner-weasel might say; did considerable exploration for one. However, the condition resulted from "nicking" the choke cable at full left lock.

Barely opening the "choke" (withdrawing the starting enricher) at idle kills a warm KLR650engine.

Slight adjustment of handlebar brackets and choke cable, insuring no undue cable stress at full lock, cured problem.
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