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post #1 of 10 Old 02-26-2017, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hidden disabler switch

Has anyone added a hidden disabler switch to their KLR - details please.
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-26-2017, 05:37 PM
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Who'd steal a KLR?

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post #3 of 10 Old 02-26-2017, 08:21 PM
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Why not just take the key? You can also lock the forks.
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Haven't tried it with the KLR, but with a lot of bikes a hard pull on the bars will snap the lock pin and I can't image that the key switch on a klr is terribly hard to bypass.
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post #5 of 10 Old 02-27-2017, 01:05 AM
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Well, if you insist, djeady: If Generation 1, a hidden switch grounding the stator exciter coil feed to the CDI will disable the engine.

If Generation 2, a hidden switch opening the + 12 VDC to the ignition coil primary windings will do the trick.

Wiring diagrams available on Internet.

Your call, certainly, but . . , I wouldn't bother with a hidden disabler, myself. Key discipline seems adequate due diligence to me; beyond that, I'd look to my comprehensive insurance (Progressive, in my case).

Don't know what the incidence of stolen KLRs ridden away by thieves might be; after all, even thieves have SOME pride!
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I always lock my steering to the side rather than just shut off the key. If they're going to steal mine they're going to have to work for it

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post #7 of 10 Old 03-29-2017, 03:11 PM
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Continued KEY Ignition Bypass

I know there has been some conversation about it but I cant seem to find any details. Someone did try to steal my 2008 for some reason....They jammed a screwdriver in the ignition (now of course the keys dont work) then they went further and cut the loom from the ignition itself - I guess trying to hot wire it. So now i need to either replace the ignition (dealer told me about $550 with labor and parts) or do a bypass. Cant seem to find any details for the bypass however. My hardness that was cut from the ignition looks like this.

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post #8 of 10 Old 03-29-2017, 04:58 PM
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No comprehensive insurance, Docalamo?

Can't see your image; don't know if your could restore your existing harness (with a wiring diagram) or need to replace it.

Replicating the switching logic, without "proper" keyed switches, would take some doin' and likely remain inconvenient for the service life of the bike, but . . . could be done, I reckon.

Sorry for your misfortune; best of luck in restoration/rehabilitation.
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post #9 of 10 Old 03-29-2017, 06:03 PM
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Unfortunately I only have liability on the KLR - All the other bikes are full coverage but who would steal my KLR was my thought. Thanks for the quick reply. I found a cheap fix - I just purchased an upper triple tree with ignition switch, gas cap, helmet locks and keys included for $40 on ebay.....Can really beat it and pretty easy swap out.
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I use a Harley-Davidson Bike Cover.
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