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post #1 of 10 Old 03-15-2017, 04:14 AM Thread Starter
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Hello,

So I recently purchased a 2009 KLR 650 which has 10,600kms (around 6500 miles), and I'm pretty sure no work has ever been done to it, so I started making a list of upgrades that it needed, mechanical first, then the fun stuff after that!

  • -Denali SoundBomb horn
  • -Eagle Mfg. Complete lever kit with torsion spring incl special tools
  • -Eagle Mfg. KLR 650 Drill Through Subframe Bolt Upgrade Kit
  • -Left side outer cover spacer for deep hole issue (incl. with the lever kit)
  • -Interstate AGM batery

So these are the essentials that I have read up on so far, is there anything else that I am missing, or should order for the initial work I will be doing on the bike?


I want to get all the mechanical issues out of the way so I can start having fun adding some other goodies, which will include, to name a few, crash bar with over the fender bumper, light bars, heated grips and seat (for winter time usage with Explorer track kit), center stand, etc. etc.

Please let me know if there's anything I missed in my list of the initial parts to order!

Thanks!

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post #2 of 10 Old 03-15-2017, 11:43 AM
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Your bike, but . . . upgraded subframe bolts may be adequate, vs. a drill-through kit for a Generation 2 (already has upgraded subframe bolt scheme, compared to previous generation). You'll want handguards to protect levers. A proper aluminum bash plate (if you expect to see any rocks in your travels). A left rear-view mirror relocation bracket will protect your handlebar switchgear from collateral damage from the mirror stem in a fall; maybe you want a "Euro" switch (so you can turn off the headlight), too.

Low-profile magnetic oil drain plug not a bad idea.
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Any list of upgrades is extremely subjective and is dependent on experience, usage, wants, needs, expectations and budget.

It can be argued that other than possibly the "doohickey" upgrade that everything else is optional......though some would argue in favor of the thermobob as well.

Me? well, my usage may be atypical but I consider a real skidplate, proper bars, handguards, decent footpegs and some sort of radiator protection mandatory.......though I may have gone far beyond that!

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Your bike, but . . . upgraded subframe bolts may be adequate, vs. a drill-through kit for a Generation 2 (already has upgraded subframe bolt scheme, compared to previous generation). You'll want handguards to protect levers. A proper aluminum bash plate (if you expect to see any rocks in your travels). A left rear-view mirror relocation bracket will protect your handlebar switchgear from collateral damage from the mirror stem in a fall; maybe you want a "Euro" switch (so you can turn off the headlight), too.

Low-profile magnetic oil drain plug not a bad idea.
Damocles,
Gen 2 left hand mirror mount is on the clutch lever perch, strike 1 mod.
I am uncertain if anyone makes a "Euro" style LH switch assembly for a Gen 2?

Do Not Ever Forget to use or loose the Thick Aluminum drain plug gasket when using Most of the aftermarket replacement oil drain plugs. The Incompletely Cut or formed Last Thread and a Half can Break the oil drain boss WIDE OPEN.
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Damocles,
Gen 2 left hand mirror mount is on the clutch lever perch, strike 1 mod.
I am uncertain if anyone makes a "Euro" style LH switch assembly for a Gen 2?
Thanks for the update! KLR650 model designs change so often, it's hard to keep up!
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I would go for the front brake rotor and stainless line upgrade. I don't know if I would want the center stand if I was doing a lot of dirt riding.
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Looks like a photo of my wish list there.
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I would go for the front brake rotor and stainless line upgrade. I don't know if I would want the center stand if I was doing a lot of dirt riding.
roadrash,
There really shouldn't be a need for the larger front brake Rotor on a GEN2. But a stiff hose may feel better. haha

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Not touching the hose comment LOL! .....but I do like the 320mm rotor. I also hate centerstands but YMMV.

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Thanks for all the suggestions!

I'll definitely just stick with the upgraded bolt kit and look into a better set of hand guards and a nice aluminum skid plate. I'll have to look into the brakes! And when I order the doohickey, I'm going to also order the low-profile magnetic oil drain plug too. We'll see about the center stand lol I really don't want something getting in the way when I'm riding off road, there's lots of old logging roads and 4 wheeler trails I want to check out, last thing I need is the stand catching on every other log or rock!
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