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post #1 of 14 Old 06-30-2015, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle jack

Does anyone use this style of jack to lift the 2008+ KLR650? I used to have one for my Harley Superglide, and had to glue a strip of wood on one of the pads so the bike would sit level.

I have a chance to get one like this for almost nothing, and am wondering if it will work for my '09 KLR. Any info appreciated.

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-30-2015, 09:09 PM
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I have one and have used it on the KLR with no modifications. If you can get it for cheap like you say may as well grab it.

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I have one as well, works great on my 08 KLR! Also works great on my WR250R and used to work great on my Shadow ACE. Money well spent says I

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Great, glad to hear that it will work. At first glance, it looks like the two pads are too far apart to contact the underside of the bike without the front of the bike sliding off, where the the skid plate starts to curve upward ... or in other words, like the jack wouldn't be able to be placed far enough toward the rear, because of the big suspension "knuckle" that hangs down behind the skid plate.

I have some pieces of 2 x 10 that I considered laying on the pads to make more of a rectangular point of contact ... but is sounds like you guys are able to use the jack as it is, without extra stabilizing blocks. Is that correct?
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I too have this jack, and use it on my KLR and my atv. It really helps with oil and tire changes. It will be hard to do without once you've used it.
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Great, glad to hear that it will work. At first glance, it looks like the two pads are too far apart to contact the underside of the bike without the front of the bike sliding off, where the the skid plate starts to curve upward ... or in other words, like the jack wouldn't be able to be placed far enough toward the rear, because of the big suspension "knuckle" that hangs down behind the skid plate.

I have some pieces of 2 x 10 that I considered laying on the pads to make more of a rectangular point of contact ... but is sounds like you guys are able to use the jack as it is, without extra stabilizing blocks. Is that correct?
There are some of those issues when using it with the KLR. With mine I have to have it placed just right for the jack to pick it up. Don't use it much actually.

There are no KLR specific jacks on the market. I had the jack before I bought the KLR. I have a centre stand which comes in real handy for doing oil changes, chain adjustments, swing arm bearings, fork seals, wheel swaps - hey that's just about everything that you use a jack for.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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I got the same one. It works great if you have a nice bash plate on the bike. Makes changing the wheels a 15min job.

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My 2009 has the stock bash plate, but I've found that if I place the jack where the back pad fits under the foot peg bracket, the front pad will go under the front of the bash plate; just make sure the jack is centered.
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Yep, I have one just like that, except in blue. Placement makes all the difference, but it seems to work well. If I'm really wrenching on something, I'll use the tie-down loops and straps, but otherwise it seems stable enough for chain lubes, etc.

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Yep, I have one just like that, except in blue. Placement makes all the difference, but it seems to work well. If I'm really wrenching on something, I'll use the tie-down loops and straps, but otherwise it seems stable enough for chain lubes, etc.

Great idea! I've never thought about using tie down straps to stabilize things, but will remember from now on. There have been a few times the bike has moved around while I'm working on it.
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