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post #1 of 5 Old 04-04-2016, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Tweaked Beak - How to fix?

Hey everyone, another n00b here from Florida. Bought a used '09 KLR650 and noticed that the nose is slightly tweaked. Nothing major, probably from a previous owner bumping into it or (gasp) dropping it. It's pointing left just slighly and is a little cocked counter-clockwise.

Is there any preferred method for un-tweaking it and straightening it out, other than brute force bending the support bars?

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Please be sure it is installed correctly first.

An extra or missing grommet can cock it a bit.
I don't know if the previous owner or you have had it off yet.

If the metal is bent, it needs unbent. This would indeed mean a bit of brute force
in a sensible way. With everything off, see which of the four main bars looks out
of symmetry. My hope is that a bar can coax it back to straight. Possibly a lug wrench
if leverage is good?
(You'll know when you remove the mounting bolts which part isn't straight)

I use a solid curling bar, sawed off lug wrench shaft, 4 foot hollow steel 3/4",
and an air hammer 3 foot chisel bar. That's what accumulated in the garage over
the years.
The solid metal bar in this case should yield some good results.

Another option is a shop straightening/ re-welding/ relocating mount locations
back to factory specs.

(I'd coax it a bit and go riding !!)

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Please sure it is installed correctly first.

An extra or missing grommet can cock it a bit.
I don't know if the previous owner or you have had it off yet.

If the metal is bent, it needs unbent. This would indeed mean a bit of brute force
in a sensible way. With everything off, see which of the four main bars looks out
of symmetry. My hope is that a bar can coax it back to straight. Possibly a lug wrench
if leverage is good?
(You'll know when you remove the mounting bolts which part isn't straight)

I use a solid curling bar, sawed off lug wrench shaft, 4 foot hollow steel 3/4",
and an air hammer 3 foot chisel bar. That's what accumulated in the garage over
the years.
The solid metal bar in this case should yield some good results.

Another option is a shop straightening/ re-welding/ relocating mount locations
back to factory specs.

(I'd coax it a bit and go riding !!)

Cheap
That's pretty much what if figured... Time to bring out the hammer and pry bar.

I ordered a KLR dash and a taller windscreen, so I'm planning on pulling apart the front cowling anyway.
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You see, I've always said you can always fix a KLR with a hammer and baling wire!....lol

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You see, I've always said you can always fix a KLR with a hammer and baling wire!....lol
I'm used to it, my other bike is a Russian Ural. I have a blacksmith hammer in my toolkit for that bike.
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