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Old 07-27-2015, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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2014.5 klr650 new edition

Well I did it again I bought another klr!! should I put a thermobob on it or leave it alone? I put one on my 09 klr but I never really got used to seeing the temp gauge needle up near the hot side of the gauge.Any thoughts? thanks!
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:10 AM
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Belief in the efficacy of the Thermo-Bob, in terms of tangible service life extension, remains an intellectual exercise, a sort of "leap-of-faith," IMHO.

The engine and its lubricants may indeed run more efficiently at the Thermo-Bob's higher thermostat setting; the engine may benefit greatly from some protection from "thermal shock;" and components may last longer when heat-cycling is reduced. Yet, quantifying the effect of these changes remains difficult; who can say how many thousands of miles of service life extension (if any) result from a Thermo-Bob installation, or what greater mean hours between malfunctions (if any) can be expected? This data remains elusive and scarce.

The Thermo-Bob definitely stabilizes coolant temperature more thoroughly, and at a higher temperature than the stock cooling system. The service life significance of these changes remains subjective, IMHO.

So, your bike, your choice: Thermo-Bob or not. Device causes no harm, AFAIK; may offer genuine improvements in longevity and reliability.
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I did a bunch of mods on my 09 that I sold. Now have a 14NE and the bob is the only mod I think I may do.

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Well I did it again I bought another klr!! should I put a thermobob on it or leave it alone? I put one on my 09 klr but I never really got used to seeing the temp gauge needle up near the hot side of the gauge.Any thoughts? thanks!
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The middle of the gauge is perfection. Three quarters of gauge is a HOT day. Seven Eights of Gauge is reason to 'wonder', what is up? Full HOT is, Time to Stop and check to see if someone/ or rock, drained your coolant.

I'm a firm believer in the advantages of the Thermo-Bob and about a half a dozen other engine mods! Including the Doo-hickey and/or spring!
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Old 08-02-2015, 02:13 PM
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Ok than.... I am looking at picking up a 2015 New Edition (first KLR and first dirt). So what I am gathering is I buy the bike and right away I need to do several things to it before I can go out and ride it...??? I am an older rider and never in a hurry..just putting around is my style of riding. What do I really need to do to this bike after I get it home..is there a list somewhere?

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Ok than.... I am looking at picking up a 2015 New Edition (first KLR and first dirt). So what I am gathering is I buy the bike and right away I need to do several things to it before I can go out and ride it...??? I am an older rider and never in a hurry..just putting around is my style of riding. What do I really need to do to this bike after I get it home..is there a list somewhere?

Thanks in advance,

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You don't gotta do nothing, Rex. You can start thinking about the doohickey (do a search on here), but nothing pressing. Ride.

You'll probably lose your mind like we all do eventually, but nothing NEEDS to be done right away. Have fun with it.




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Old 08-02-2015, 06:19 PM
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+ 1; + 1; + 1!

Worldwide, of the more-than-25-years of KLR650 production, HOW MANY, percentage-wise, have Internet-mandatory modifications? Trick doohickeys? Thermo-Bobs? PCV Valve Mods? MC Mods?

Not that one or more might not be of sound maintenance/performance enhancement/service life extension value. Only . . . operating the machine as-is stock within the owner's manual recommendations, is possible and covered by warranty. No imminently urgent modifications necessary.

My opinion only; YMMV!
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:47 PM
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Thanks guys.... I am looking forward to this experience!

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Old 08-04-2015, 09:40 PM
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Just purchased a left over 2014.5 (NE) white, adjusted height of rear brake pedal & handle bars to my liking. Picked up KLR rear fender bag @ dealer and ordered KLR throw bags & bar bag. Total 62 miles back to house, only thing I see right now is keeping tires on this gem ��.
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