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post #1 of 16 Old 05-03-2012, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Anybody Use One Of These?

I received one of these today from a very generous fellow forum member and was wondering if anybody had any experience installing and using one.

http://www.topgunmotorcycles.com/cha...ainmaster.html

As far as I know, Top Gun stuff is well thought-out and well-made. I'm planning on installing it when I put on a new chain and sprockets.



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Whats funny is they say the DR650 has one but the 1 thing alot of DR650 owner do is remove it because of added stress on the frame. Never heard of one for the KLR

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Whats funny is they say the DR650 has one but the 1 thing alot of DR650 owner do is remove it because of added stress on the frame.
And it's propensity to rip the mounting point out of the frame! Which reminds me, I need to remember to get mine off my DR.
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And it's propensity to rip the mounting point out of the frame! Which reminds me, I need to remember to get mine off my DR.
Yes you should

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I'd never heard anything about this product anywhere before. Might have to give it some more thought before I decide if I want to install it.

Guess the key points are: what good does it really do vs. what can it mess up?



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I'd never heard anything about this product anywhere before. Might have to give it some more thought before I decide if I want to install it.

Guess the key points are: what good does it really do vs. what can it mess up?

The KLR doesn't need an upper roller. Dirt bikes have one because they have about twice the suspension travel. My KLR chain has never hit the airbox like TopGun shows on their site and I've mashed my rear shock to the bottom many times.

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From that page you linked:

"upgraded balancer lever & tensioner spring with an inspection port"

An inspection port? Isn't an inspection port a hole in an object that allows you to access its inner contents? Without completely disassembling it. How does this work?


Like this thing (perhaps smaller):




This farckle is interesting, but I'm not an aggressive rider for the most part. I think I'm fine.
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post #8 of 16 Old 05-05-2012, 03:29 AM
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While we're asking this question......

I did the Eagle Mike "doo" mod last weekend. It all seemed to go according to plan and the only bits left at the end were the old spring and lever.This is always a good sign. The bike seems to run just fine, in fact no real difference from before the mod to after.
The stock spring had a little bit of tension remaining so I guess it was working okay before I changed it.
But this is not why I am posting.
With the kit E.M. provide a couple of extras, one is a packet with some replacement screws for the front brake resevoir lid. I changed the fluid and then put in the new screws. No problem.
The other extra was a packet containing 8 "allen " headed screws for the carby. Okay, not as quick a fix as the brake fluid resevoir so I left that one for later.
Today was later.
I read up on how to remove the carb and am confident that I can do the job okay but have come across something that confuses me and I am seeking the help of the good folk on this forum....
As I was examining the carb I noticed a coolant line that runs from the thermostat housing to a "T" junction under the front of the carb (it has a clear plastic bulb in it in which you can see the nice green coolant), around the engine to the left side and back to the pump:


Left side:


Looks like it complicates the carby job somewhat but first and foremost I'm confused.
What does it do?
Do all 2008+ models have this hose?
From what I can see by hunting around on the net this is not stock. Has someone done a mod to this one? The PO didn't mention anything about cooling.
Now bear in mind that this is the only KLR I've owned and I have'nt seen any others to compare it with.

Any ideas?
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The P/O has installed a t-stat bypass. It looks like the one sold by Procycle. That "T" doesn't hook into the carb does it?
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SLO,
thanks for your reply.
It certainly does look like some sort of Tstat bypass. And yes it does hook on to the carb :



Whether it actually directs coolant to the carb or whether it is just a convenient mounting point I cannot say.


Why does it run right around the cylinder and need such a mounting point? Why not take it straight out of the Tstat and back to the pump?

I shall investigate more but appreciate any and all opinions.

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