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post #1 of 9 Old 08-04-2019, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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First KLR and Really Liking it.

Hello, just picked up a 18 KLR. It’s my first and I really like the bike. It will be my everyday commuter when I don’t have to use my truck for stuff. The only two things I think the bike needs to be perfect for me is a lower seat and louder exhaust. Could you guys point me in the right direction for these mods? Thanks!
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-04-2019, 08:41 PM
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Welcome to the forum. I'm going to throw the question back at you - why do you think you need louder exhaust??
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Seats fit everyone differently. I may like one that you hate. I'd recommend riding it for a while. The bike feels lower the more you ride it.

As for the exhaust, I don't like it loud. Peace and quite is valued by me. You could always follow a Harley and get your "noise fix". If it made a noticeable improvement in power, that would be different. The only reason I see for noise is to chase off the deer. A perfectly quite bike, like an electric one, would be nice. I'd own one.
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Thanks, the seat is more of a confidence thing. At stops I am one leg on tiptoes to hold it up. An inch lower would be nice.

The exhaust no reason really other than liking a little exhaust note. I do appreciate the quiet and would not want something obnoxiously loud.
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Look at the Sargent seats. They have two of them for the KLR. A stock height and one that is one inch lower. I have a 30" inseam, and have the stock height seat. Just try leaning the bike over just a bit so your left foot is flat on the ground. It does not take much to do this. Your right foot is on the rear break to hold it while stopped.
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Thanks, the seat is more of a confidence thing. At stops I am one leg on tiptoes to hold it up. An inch lower would be nice.

The exhaust no reason really other than liking a little exhaust note. I do appreciate the quiet and would not want something obnoxiously loud.
Rather than changing the exhaust to get a little throatier sound, may I suggest adding more intake volume which the rider will hear, but the public bystander won't have to listen to.

Under the seat, behind the battery is the dirty side air box cross-over. drill four evenly spaced 1" holes into the cross-over.
And you can also pull the rubber air silencer from the left rear of the air box.
Breathing cleaner air from under the seat instead of all dusty air off the rear tire, the oiled foam air filter will stay cleaner longer.
Depending on your altitude, you may or may not need to shim the mid-range carb needle to accommodate the extra air.
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Seat Concepts Low Seat...love mine
Leo Vince X3 exhaust...use the short tip and let the neighbors know you're home...
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Welcome to the collective. Here is the perfect exhaust for the loud pipe enthusiast.

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Thanks, the seat is more of a confidence thing. At stops I am one leg on tiptoes to hold it up. An inch lower would be nice.

The exhaust no reason really other than liking a little exhaust note. I do appreciate the quiet and would not want something obnoxiously loud.
Rather than changing the exhaust to get a little throatier sound, may I suggest adding more intake volume which the rider will hear, but the public bystander won't have to listen to.

Under the seat, behind the battery is the dirty side air box cross-over. drill four evenly spaced 1" holes into the cross-over.
And you can also pull the rubber air silencer from the left rear of the air box.
Breathing cleaner air from under the seat instead of all dusty air off the rear tire, the oiled foam air filter will stay cleaner longer.
Depending on your altitude, you may or may not need to shim the mid-range carb needle to accommodate the extra air.
Thanks, is there a post with pics showing what needs to be done and where to drill? I may look into a jet kit also. Thanks!
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