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post #1 of 8 Old 12-11-2018, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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2017, New to Me

After lurking a bit, I decided this seems like a pretty good resource for advice and like that, so I'm diving in. Just bought a 2017, it's got 400 miles on the clock so I'm just getting it set up. The previous owner had a few accessories installed, some of which I'll be shaving and others that I'm surprised I'll be keeping (heated grips seem luxurious, but since they're here…).

…'what else? I'm kinda surprised how much basic setup the bike seems to require to be really good — actually this may be my lack of experience, but I'm surprised to see surging at cruise and popping on decel on a brand new bike. It's cool though, I haven't messed with a carb (or done any real repair work) for a few years, and honestly the approachability of this machine was a major selling point.

I'm thinking I'll proceed in waves, basically moving from stuff the factory kinda misses, to stuff that's more above and beyond, hopefully putting together a nice means of transport for camping trips that can get down the fire roads, some longer distance stuff, and basically having fun tooling around the southwestern US.

First up will be the carb. I'm looking at the 22-cent mod, as it sounds like going the "cheap route" is actually preferable to doing a proper re-jetting unless I'm into tweaking the exhaust (not planned, seems like a high cost:benefit ratio). I'm kinda OCD with this kind of work, so I'll likely do that one step at a time, checking out the result from each element (idle screw first, ride a bit, needle washer, ride a bit, followed by drilling the vacuum port in the needle housing if it seems necessary/if I'm curious).

I'll also need to set the stock rear suspension up. Right now I'm pretty sure it's a bit wonky. Having a set of Tusk medium paniers and my stuff in them lowering that back end, I'm guessing is part of the reason I'm not feeling super confident in the turns (although this is also surely my lack of experience — my only previous bike was a lil' ninja that resulted in more neckaches than anything else, and thus didn't get rid for tew long).

I'll also be looking at new tires soon, mainly because I know the difference will be pronounced and I want to see what that's about.

After these basics, I'll likely move into addressing the more well-known stuff (greasing the rear end, having a welder mount new faces [with beefier bolts] to the existing footpeg mounts, doing the T-mod, replacing the doohickey, and a bunch of other "little things" I'm seeing discussed on the regular).

And that's probably where I'll stop. The aim will be to fix and prevent the well-known issues, but to avoid putting anything weird on the bike unless I have a good reason to do so (which I suspect I won't, heh).

Any advice is welcome, and thanks for having this forum — excited to get started!
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-17-2018, 02:23 PM
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Welcome - I'm a relatively new owner of a 2009. They sure are fun bikes!
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-17-2018, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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I agree…and they're also great for "mission creep!"

Already I'm shaking my head when I read back over my first post… so many other things that I have read about in the past couple weeks that seem like "great ideas," and which I'm sure I'll end up adding to the beast! I got my work area (such as it is, i.e., the carport at my apartment) set up yesterday. I'm seeing a season of tearing into this thing, tweaking stuff here and there, logging miles and adapting to suit. Fun times.
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-18-2018, 08:14 AM
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Well, congrats on the new motorcycle, Samuel.
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-18-2018, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-18-2018, 03:13 PM
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Welcome and congrats; a couple comments;

1) The KLX jet kit is superior to the 22 cent mod regardless of whether you do the exhaust or not. The factory jetting (including the needle taper) is designed to meet emmissions targets rather than have the proper AF range throughout - the 22 cent mod is a bandaid which helps but doesn't completely eliminate the too lean/too rich condition created by the factory needle taper.

2) KLR suspension is a favorite subject of mine and one I've been researching for several years. Before deciding what to do with you suspension, set your sag properly (try 2-2.25") and see what that does for you. To set the sag, set your shock preload on the appropriate level for the load (you, your gear, any accessories and load).

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post #7 of 8 Old 12-18-2018, 03:17 PM
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Oh, and "popping on decel" is a sign of a properly functioning AIS system. The AIS is designed to reduce tailpipe emmissions but it can be removed......though removing it doesn't really help performance any.

https://www.eaglemike.com/Air-inject...ff-kit-AIS.htm


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post #8 of 8 Old 12-18-2018, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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The popping does bug me, but it's not the main thing spurring the carb adjustments — that would be the surging at cruise.
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