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post #1 of 10 Old 09-14-2018, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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Question for the brains trust

Dinged up my rear rim on a recent trip through central Australia.
Bike is a 2008, first of the 'gen2' bikes.
There's a rear off a 2005 for sale locally.
My question is can I use the 2005 wheel on a 2008?
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-14-2018, 08:54 AM
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Don't know, but . . . a modest proposal:

Check part numbers by year from Internet (e.g., BikeBandit or Kawasaki, "View Part Diagrams."

Otherwise, some learned inmate may already know the answer and share it!
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-14-2018, 09:38 AM
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Although I havenít done it personally, Iím 99% sure that you can use the Gen 1 wheel. You will have to use your Gen 2 brake rotor but for the rest it should just pop in. Ask the seller if you can try it.

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Part numbers are different but that's probably because the spokes are different...I believe it would work, except the rotors - so says Eaglemike, WymanWinn and ChuckB


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post #5 of 10 Old 09-14-2018, 10:34 AM
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Maybe a dingo ate choe bay beh


Sorry, I've been dyin to say that!
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post #6 of 10 Old 09-14-2018, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Ha ha Patroy!
That shows you have a long memory indeed!
Stay safe! That’s a big storm you guys are having. We call ‘em ‘cyclones’ over here and I’ve been through a few over the years. Once it’s passed over it’s a good excuse not to go to work, and the KLR is the perfect machine for puttering around and checking out the damage.
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post #7 of 10 Old 09-14-2018, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Here’s a picture of the crack, I’m posting this from my phone so you’ll have to click and expand

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Don’t know if this is ‘weldable’ or not and it’s entirely possible that a good second hand replacement would be cheaper anyway.
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And I’ll check out those part numbers, good suggestion Damocles.
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post #9 of 10 Old 09-14-2018, 02:00 PM
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And Iíll check out those part numbers, good suggestion Damocles.
Don't bother; the part numbers are different......but the wheel will still fit! ;-)

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post #10 of 10 Old 09-14-2018, 07:13 PM
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That is the 1st KLR wheel I've seen with a crack running longitudinally.

As others have said, install your Gen 2 Brake Rotor on the Gen 1 Wheel. Same applies to the Front wheels, swap the rotor and go.
But if you ever need spokes, remember what wheel is which Generation.

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