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post #1 of 33 Old 05-16-2014, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum. Bought a KLR a few days ago and was searching the net for info...... ended up here. It's a great site!

So, I found a 2000 with only 14k(km) on it. Got a good deal because it has a messed up paint job. Got the plastics off so far and about to start sanding but haven't decided on colour. Probably just flat black to cover all the crap. Hope to have it on the road in a couple of weeks. I'm currently riding a ZX6R ...and have been on it for the last ten years so this a new direction for me.
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post #2 of 33 Old 05-16-2014, 08:38 AM
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Mungo: Welcome to our little corner of the Net, the home of the world's most dedicated KLR 650 owners.

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post #3 of 33 Old 05-16-2014, 03:36 PM
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Congratulations on the new bike and welcome to the forum.
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post #4 of 33 Old 05-16-2014, 09:57 PM
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Mungo,
Welcome to the forum. I have been a member for a whole...couple of minutes. I was looking on the internet, and like you, I found this gold mine of information.
I just joined today like you. I have already learned so much.
I hope you enjoy bringing your KLR back to life.
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post #5 of 33 Old 05-17-2014, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hey all, thanks for the welcome.

Jack- Ya, this site is awesome. I keep finding good info here too. There's really not much to do on this bike other than some paint and a little plastic repair. Looks like a seal is gone on the forks but that's the only thing I've found so far.
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post #6 of 33 Old 05-17-2014, 08:01 AM
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new to you KLR .

Sounds like you got a good deal, and as a bonus you get to personalize it with whatever color you choose .

When you do replace your leaking fork seal I would highly recommend using stock OEM seals. A lot of people have used aftermarket seals with questionable results. Lol, wish I had known this before I bought "All Balls" seals.

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post #7 of 33 Old 05-19-2014, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new to you KLR .

Sounds like you got a good deal, and as a bonus you get to personalize it with whatever color you choose .

When you do replace your leaking fork seal I would highly recommend using stock OEM seals. A lot of people have used aftermarket seals with questionable results. Lol, wish I had known this before I bought "All Balls" seals.
Hey... thanks for the tip about fork seals. That's good to know!

Yeah, I'm really feeling good about this bike.... unfortunately, my [dear and loving significant other] has been less than impressed. I think her exact words were "that's the ugliest bike I've ever seen" when I brought it home. Granted, it did look pretty bad but.... she just couldn't see the beauty underneath. It's good to be around here with other KLR lovers
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post #8 of 33 Old 05-19-2014, 07:49 PM
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What brand of paint are you planning to finish it with ? I have never had any luck painting plastic.
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post #9 of 33 Old 05-20-2014, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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What brand of paint are you planning to finish it with ? I have never had any luck painting plastic.
This is my first time painting anything and I think I might have screwed up already. In the beginning, I just thought I'd slap on some flat black to cover the old stuff so I asked the guy at the store what he recommended for that. I sanded and primed but ran out of black paint. That's when I noticed that the can says that I have to wait seven days before doing another coat. I'm not at home right now but I think it was an enamel. What I have done, looks pretty good but I can't finish it until this weekend.

I don't know if having to wait this long is normal and/or if I'll be able to paint over it easily if I want to do something different down the road.....

I only did the plastics btw. The tank is still the original dark green with decals. I'll tackle that later if this first round of painting goes well.
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post #10 of 33 Old 05-24-2014, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
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OK, so I didn't screw up. Looks like it can be sanded/covered easily. I have done a lot of other painting but never vehicles. And I've never worked with paint like this before.

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What brand of paint are you planning to finish it with ?.
Dupli-color Fleet Coat

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Overall, I'm happy with the way it turned out but might try again this winter. Guess I have to get my post count up now so I can show a pic!
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