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post #1 of 33 Old 01-16-2018, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from Yuba City, California

I'm not new to riding bikes but this is my 1st KLR. I picked up my 07 KLR 650 last winter. I've been researching all over the web and have referred to this forum for info many times. It didn't take long for the "KLR fever" to set in and I have been spending a lot of time adding FARKELS to the beast. I quickly realized the importance of this forum. Lots of great info and as far as I can tell the members are decent to each other. This compelled me to join and try to contribute to the community here. Happy to be a part of all this and would be glad to share any info about my experience with the KLR and the upgrades I've done!
Here's an overview of my mods/farkels-
Full LED conversion
Summit Industries slip on muffler
Carb jetting
Dirt Racks crash bars & saddlebag racks
Nelson Rigg survivor saddlebags
Polly grip heaters
Custom dash with 12volt outlet
Seperate turn signal indicators
Manual fan switch
Ram mounts for phone & gps
Modified stock seat
Tusk pegs, extended shifter, stainless braided brake lines, oversize front rotor, rear rotor brake pads and low pro drain bolt
Eagle Mike doohickey with torsion spring
Moose center stand
14 tooth front sprocket
Would love to hear some suggestions for a fork brace, skid pan or anything else that a KLR owner shouldn't live without!

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post #2 of 33 Old 01-16-2018, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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I forgot to mention I have already installed progressive suspensions fork springs and I have a top gun rear coil sitting on the workbench.

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post #3 of 33 Old 01-16-2018, 01:15 PM
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Welcome. I'm new to KLR also, but I've learned a lot since I got mine in late October. Mine is 2003 with 1287 miles original. Dropped once (not moving), and I'm "restoring it" as we speak. Since I'm way up north (45th parallel), I have time till April.

It looks to me you will be using this thing mostly off road (14T front sprocket). I would look into IMS gas tank, since it will protect the rad much better, and provide more range. One other mod I would suggest, is inserting some kind of heat shield between the header, and the coolant tank. I decided to use self adhesive aluminum foil, with some kind of spongy material as the backing. I used it on several vehicles (Jeeps), and it provides great insulation against heat. It can be found in HVAC sections of any hardware store (cheap). One can cut it with scissors, and even double it up if necessary. Melted nipple in the middle of nowhere could be a BIG problem. Flushing the rad (cooling system), and replacing the thick antifreeze mix (if still original) with distilled water, 20% antifreeze (light mix), and some "water wetter" provides better cooling. Manual fan switch (that you did), is a great mod.

Another thing you need is the bike lift (if you are DIY kind). I have two bikes and neither came with center stand (my other one is BMW R1200C). Bikes don't like to be parked for a long time on the side stand. In the case of BMW there are two issues,......left cylinder filling with oil (boxer engine), and left fork seal sweating/leaking. With KLR, only the fork is the problem. This happens after MANY moons being left on the side stand (but it happens). I have the front wheel in the choke (KLR is parked vertical), and I am shopping for the lift (so I can easily remove rear wheel, chain, sprocket). I purchased the center stand for BMW long time ago (first thing I purchased for that bike). It's not a permanent stand (it doesn't stay on the bike), but as soon as I come home, I put the bike on it.

I would not put the permanent stand on the KLR, because I've learned that the footpeg bolts are weak, and that's where permanent center stand would bolt to.

Anyway,......enjoy this thing for what it is. It will never be a "dirt bike", and it will never be a fast/comfortable sport tourer on the interstate (I came off BMW K1200RS, which is made for that, KLR isn't). Ask it to do what it's made for, and it will do it with ease, and last a long time. For me personally, the big plus on KLR IS the "old technology". I'm getting older by the minute, and I can wrench on these with my eyes closed. "New technology" (as wonderful as some "innovations" are) depends too much on electronics/sensors and crap that can go wrong when you least expect it.
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Thanks Danielsand for the insight on the heat insulation for the coolant reservoir. Not something I had thought of or heard of from anywhere else. I have used "Water Wetter" in the past with good results and is currently on my list of considerations. I do plan on using my KLR on trails frequently. The wonderful thing about northern California is access to what seems like an endless supply of forest roads and OHV trails all in close proximity. An hours ride east of west puts me in the middle of the mountains and away from civilization. I couldn't agree with you more about the KLR having weak bolts. Has anyone done a foot peg through bolt upgrade yet? And I do believe I forgot to mention that I have done the subframe bolt upgrade. I am definitely a DIY type. I do all my own wrenching, fabrication, wiring and so forth. I can't see paying for something I can do myself, plus I just enjoy it.
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I lived in SoCal for ten years. I was on 140 acre horse ranch (plenty of room, and surrounded by national forest). Rode my KTM 640 LC4 a lot. Never been to Yuba, but know pretty much every road from the Mexican border to Sausalito. Moved to Idaho 1.5 years ago, and loving it. On a horse ranch still, but away from any city, and MILLIONS of BLM/forestry acres around me. KLR will do well here.

I am keeping mine stock (aside from 14T sprocket, and doo replacement). Will ride it mostly on the ranch, and the government lands around me. As far as foot pegs,......I looked at it carefully, and I don't think there is enough room to drill through the frame, and put thick enough bolt through it (frame tube is pretty skinny). I'm sure something could be welded to the frame, and much beefier bolt installed. Then it's painting the frame, etc. I decided to leave it as it is. I don't plan on jumping with it, and not much standing up either. IF the bolts give up, I'll deal with it at that time.
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Fixing Stripped Foot Peg Boxes
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Tom,
Thank you very much for sharing that fix with me. I have not YET found myself in need of a foot peg fix. "Knock on wood." But the information you have presented would in deed be a quality solution to a stripped out box, or a bolt diameter upgrade. The crack I made about the through bolt upgrade was just a little humor. I assure you I understand it's not a good idea to go drilling holes just anywhere in a structural member. My Father was a military trained ship engineer in the U.S. Coast Guard. So needless to say I was taught how to wrench in military fashion myself. I own 3 torque wrenches, and I do use them. I believe in taking pride in what I do and believe in doing them proper like. The info you shared is definitely appreciated. The information that circulates through this forum, and the willingness of so many of its members to share info, experiences and just lend a helping hand or some insight is the reason why I decided to join. This forum has helped me in many ways through my research during my one year of KLR ownership and I hope to contribute to the community myself.
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Thank Paul (pdwestman), not me!

He was the one that came up with it.

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Mr pdwestman,
thank you sir for an excellent approach at mending stripped foot peg boxes. The whole procedure is brilliant!
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Your all welcome.

I conceived/engineered the procedure after reading / viewing many 'Ugly' repairs. But I can't weld anything.
So the Navy trained welder across the street had to be enlisted to perform the welding. He really approved of engineering also. He used TIG welder, very little redressing of the flat surface required.

Someone with the welding capability and the video skills needs to submit a video of the procedure to Tom Schmitz so he can include it in his Souperdoo link.

Could that be either of you, Antwon or Danielsand?

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