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post #1 of 10 Old 08-05-2008, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Downed 08 KLR rad crunched

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Have about 1000kms on the 08 KLR and was going along a farm field when I hit a wet grass patch. I was going roughly 15 km/h and went down on the left side. I twisted the rad, broke the rad switch, bent the gear pedal, and some minor scuffs on the left fairing. I went to the local Kawi dealer to get prices. The rad is $825 CDN and the switch was $126! This is crazy. I even called a dealer in Michigan and they wanted $719 US for the rad, $85 for the switch and 35 for the gear pedal. How can Kawi charge such high prices? I paid $6100 CDN for the whole bike....

Anyone have any ideas for replacement rads or other ideas? I will look into fixing the rad as it isn't too bad but as the left fairing is mounted on the rad, if it isn't perfect, the fairing won't fit well. Guess I need to order rad guards. Any recommendations for what to get there?

Thanks for any input.

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-05-2008, 04:25 PM
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As for the guards, you can try:

www.tpimotorcycleparts.com
"out of stock currently"
www.klr650.com
www.arrowheadmotorsports.com

Here is what the guards look like:

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-05-2008, 09:01 PM
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Try bikebandit.com

A quick look has the radiator assembly at $640. Still outrageous, but...
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-05-2008, 09:24 PM
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I was hoping the 08 radiator was the same as the earlier models, but it isn't even close.

Found this link. Motorcycle Radiator Repair:

http://www.motorcycleradiators.com/

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post #5 of 10 Old 08-05-2008, 09:45 PM
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Like he said, the problem with repairing it is that the fairing needs the radiator just right for it to be installed. I know, mine has been tweaked a bit and requires some sweet talkin' to get it on.

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post #6 of 10 Old 08-07-2008, 08:31 AM
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Radiator repair, my two cents: I have used Mylers radiator repair in utah (thats the link listed above by dxklr) many times. I send damaged customer's rads there to be fixed. always well done. he str8ns them , patches holes, replaces spigots, etc.. always quick and very fair prices.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-07-2008, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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rad repairs

Thanks to everyone who has replied so far. I have yet to decide whether to repair or replace. The bike is so new, but the parts are so $$.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-07-2008, 10:21 AM
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I'd check the cost of repair and then decide.
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post #9 of 10 Old 09-01-2008, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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repair complete

Thanks again to all who posted comments. I decided to go with all new parts. The local dealer was able to talk the Kawi rep and get 30-40% of the parts. so, good customer service indeed.

Anyhow, the rad install was straight forward and the gear pedal even more so. The only complaint is that I am vulnerable to the same damage if the bike goes down on that side again. I need to do something but am having a hard time accepting the rather obvious look of the low tech steel bars I have seen to go over the shrouds. Bike runs great and am loving it.

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post #10 of 10 Old 09-01-2008, 08:33 PM
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How much do you wamt for the damaged radiator?
if you want to sell it pls forward pics to me at [email protected]

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