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post #1 of 13 Old 06-09-2016, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Suggestions on quiet, performance exhaust and hand guards

I recently put a Yoshimura RS-2 exhaust onto my 2012 KLR and quite honestly, the exhaust is just too loud for me. That said, I'm wanting to enhance the sound of my KLR but do so in a quieter package. Does anyone have recommendations on quiet yet throaty exhaust?

Also, I just attended an adventure training clinic on my KLR and it's apparent I need to get some hand guards. If you have any recommendations on hand guards to consider, please post them up. Thanks a ton!!
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Best KLR exhaust: LeoVince X3.....around 94db and doesn't require repacking. Best on a budget: LEXX with the optional (sold separately) trail insert = 94db. Runner up: FMF Q4, light, one pce design, 96db.

I have the FMF on one bike and the LV on the other and the LV is a couple lbs heavier and a bit more of a PITA to install but it is noticably quieter.

Most aftermarket KLR silencers are WAY too loud, with some breaking 100db! I think the loudest was 103db.....at that sound level you can hang with the straight piped Harley crowd!

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...and handguards. There are tons of choices out there. Personally I'd also take the opportunity to replace the stock bars if you haven't already seeing as how they have the strength of partially cooked pasta!

Bar dimensions are a personal thing, but the stockers have far too much pullback for me. ....and the Gen2 bars are ridiculously wide as well. I run Renthal RC-Hi's on both my KLR's. I've also found the combination of aluminum bars, handguards and thicker sportbike grips to do a great job lessening vibrations.

There are dozens of brands of handguards. I prefer the better brands as they usually have superior mounting hardware; Fastway, Acerbis, Highway Dirtbikes, etc. The cheaper Emgo and Maier ones are OK but like most things, you get what you pay for. fitment may require some tweeking depending.


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Good info Dave. Does anyone have the dimensions of the stock handlebars?? I've been riding with them for so long I just kinda am used to them. I would like a little more handgrip area. HAd a set of Pro-Taper bars on another KLR I owned that I thought were okay too.

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Gen1 stock bar dimensions here;

KLR650 FAQ

and I don't have the exact dimensions for the Gen2 but I have confirmed that they are wider than the Gen1 units (plus the added bar end weights). I'll see if I can dig up the exact width.

I find that people often get used to whatever is on their bike and once they are, that's the "normal" feel and preference....but if you ride offroad much, a straighter, narrower bar is better for ultimate control. The only issue with a dual sport is to make sure there is still enough "real estate" for the switches, perches, etc.

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Dave beat me to the punch, but there's some info here:

http://www.klrforum.com/495978-post11.html

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Found it, Gen2 bar dimensions;


My measurements of my stock bars for comparison:
Width = 844.6 Height = 142.9 Rise = 98.4 Clamp Area = 127.0 Sweep = 66.7 Control Area = 215.9


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Tusk handguards (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC) fit well, proven crashworthy in my experience, and are most affordable.

I bought Tusk handguards with "spoilers; the latter about $ 12 a pair if replacement from road rash is needed.

Performance gains with even loud exhausts on essentially stock engines are miniscule and uneven, producing less power than stock exhaust in some rpm regimes (according to dynamometer charts I have seen).

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post #10 of 13 Old 06-09-2016, 12:43 PM
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my solutions are super economical, so if you got cash to spend, get the quality ones above.

my $23 handguards worked well, and they are very strong, i already dropped the bike like 3 times on them and they are still holding up really really well.
http://www.klrforum.com/how-tos-tech...han-%2423.html

i also got knock off ROX RISERS chinese from ebay they were $53 and they are awesome.
i did not need to extend any wires.

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