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post #1 of 20 Old 07-03-2014, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Hi,

Searched and all that good stuff, found some good info but wanted to get ideas on my particular situation.

Bought this bike not too long ago. First bike and loving it so far.

2008 KLR 650. No mods done.

1. Noticed that the rear tire is scarily close to the muffler when the rear suspension is compressed (touching??).

2. Also the rear tire looks worn out, but didn't see any tire wear markers to tell. Wanted some advice from the pro's before I take it down to a tire store and get it replaced. They'll tell me to replace it even if it wasn't worn out no doubt...

Tire: Avon Gripster 130/80x17

I'd appreciate any words of wisdom from you pros!

I'd link to the photos but I need 15 posts??

Try this?

Photos are here:
https://www.evernote.com/shard/s239/...36bf93035e56b4

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post #2 of 20 Old 07-03-2014, 09:53 AM
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Hi,

Searched and all that good stuff, found some good info but wanted to get ideas on my particular situation.

Bought this bike not too long ago. First bike and loving it so far.

2008 KLR 650. No mods done.

1. Noticed that the rear tire is scarily close to the muffler when the rear suspension is compressed (touching??).

2. Also the rear tire looks worn out, but didn't see any tire wear markers to tell. Wanted some advice from the pro's before I take it down to a tire store and get it replaced. They'll tell me to replace it even if it wasn't worn out no doubt...

Tire: Avon Gripster 130/80x17

I'd appreciate any words of wisdom from you pros!

I'd link to the photos but I need 15 posts??

Try this?

Photos are here:
bit.ly/1qTdxGm
Not really sure how to get to your pics so I can't see the wear on your Gripster. I run Gripsters on my 08 as well, the rear actually rubbed my muffler when I installed the first one (under partial suspension compression). It also rubbed through my plastic chain guard at the front. I fixed the rubbing muffler problem by shimming my exhaust out at the last couple of mounts. I had to go quite a bit actually (used a nut sandwiched in between the frame and muffler mount and got some longer bolts). My first tire had melted on the side as well a bit before I noticed the smell of burning rubber and shimmed out the muffler.

If you want to pm me the pic of your tire I'll post it up in this thread for you.

Oh, and welcome to the forum!

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Thanks for the reply Stew. Try copying this link into your browser..

bit.ly/1qTdxGm

should work.
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Lol, thanks I just figured that one out and edited your first post with the link .

Yup, my tire burning on the side was identical to yours! And that Gripster is definitely worn out, I replaced mine long before it was that smooth.

I should also mention that unless you replace the tire with another Gripster you wont have to shim the muffler out.


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Ok, great. Thanks for the help Stew. I'll see if the shop I get the tire mounted at will shim the exhaust out. Thinking about Shinko 244s. No where near as experienced as you guys with these bikes but learning! Slowly...lol.

Thanks again Stew.
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Ok, great. Thanks for the help Stew. I'll see if the shop I get the tire mounted at will shim the exhaust out. Thinking about Shinko 244s. No where near as experienced as you guys with these bikes but learning! Slowly...lol.

Thanks again Stew.
No problem, glad I could help .

With the Shinko's you won't need to shim the muffler out, the Gripsters just have a funny profile to them. I think I'm going to try a set of the Shinko's next time as well, heard lots of good stuff about them! Plus, Avon Gripsters are pricey! Lol!

I grabbed a couple of pics from the garage for the heck of it. Here's a pic of a new Gripster mounted, I don't think I have 1000km's on it:

And here's a pic of that nut spacer sandwiched between the frame and muffler I was talking about (I had to put one on the other mount farther forward as well).


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Hmm..I think I might want to stay with tubeless though. Lots more reading up to do. Apparently you can run tires like the dunlop 606's tubed or tubless? I guess this is another conversation lol.

Google here we come.

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You need to modify your wheels in order to go tubeless, it's not just a 'bolt on'.
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Hmm..I think I might want to stay with tubeless though. Lots more reading up to do. Apparently you can run tires like the dunlop 606's tubed or tubless? I guess this is another conversation lol.

Google here we come.

Have a good day man.
I can answer that one for you too! Lol! The tire just says tubeless, all KLR's run tubes in them due to the unsealed spoked wheels. So, you have to run tubes regardless of what the tire says. It is fine to run tubeless tires with tubes though.

Ride safe

Oops, klrophile beat me to that one, you do need to specially modify your rims to not use tubes.


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Excellent stuff gentlemen. Thanks a lot.
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