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post #1 of 5 Old 01-13-2015, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Rim locks or not?

I'm fitting my bike out for a pan Africa trip and asked the dealer about rim locks (will be riding pavement, mud and sand). His advice was:
"It is not really necessary to fit rim locks to the KLR but saying that I have done it before as an extra safeguard. The KLR rims do not have an extra hole in the rim so we will have to drill it out. If you feel that you would prefer having them fitted we can do it."

What are your views on whether this is needed or not and also on whether you see any potential issues with having the rims drilled? Riding with a mate a while back he had his tyres low and ripped the value out of the tube braking sharply for a turn - keen to avoid this in the middle of Africa. I don't really understand why it might not be needed - is there something special about the klr rims?

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-13-2015, 04:54 PM
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Proper size rim locks are perfectly acceptable to use on either Front or Rear KLR rims.
As long as the 'Trail-side' mechanic Knows How to Properly change the tube or tire with rim locks installed. That needs to be You!

If using 2 rim locks per tire, I'll suggest that both be installed between the 'Widest' spokes. Which means they WILL NOT Be, 'perfectly' straight across from each other. Easier to use wrenches between the wide spokes.

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Not needed on the KLR. Not enough power and I doubt you run super low PSI.

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post #4 of 5 Old 01-14-2015, 08:40 AM
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Great Question!

As I prep my KLR for a week in Baja Mexico I was asking the same questions..

From what I understand you really want them if you're running super low air pressure like 8psi or something like that..

I think it does complicate tire-changes, but I think you would get used to that.

The guy I used to bring my tires to charges extra to change tires with rim locks.

I've decided not to run them, but I'll report back in a few weeks if I made the wrong decision..

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-16-2015, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all, good to get your views. I am needing to think on it - I run the dirt bike down at 10psi or 7psi if really muddy but it's much lighter.

What do you guys run, especially in sand?

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