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post #1 of 22 Old 03-01-2019, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hi folks, I am a new KLR owner having purchased a 2018 model. The bike is in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and I'll be driving it home to Yellowknife, Canada in May. I've joined the forum because I'm thrilled to be a part of the KLR community and they'll be some great riding in Northern Canada.

Meantime, I'm looking for a bit of advice for the 1200km ride from Edmonton to Yellowknife. In particular:

1) what key tools should I bring for the ride? Any suggestions on essentials for changing tires etc. A bit of research suggests the following is crucial:
-tire irons
-Patch/repair kit
-pump
-Quick Jack (Eagle Mike)
-socket wrench with basic 8,10,12 mm
-Multi tool
-Screwdriver combo bit set
-Metric allen wrenches
-Vice grips
-Zip ties
-Electrical tape
-Flashlight and/or headlamp
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2) any essential modifications for the ride?

3 any other advice for the bike's maiden ride?
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post #2 of 22 Old 03-01-2019, 02:53 PM
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Here's one (of a few, if I'm not mistaken) post on toolkits:

https://www.klrforum.com/bike-rider-...-tool-kit.html

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post #3 of 22 Old 03-01-2019, 03:42 PM
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Read this now, if you haven't already. https://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650...kes-avoid.html

Read the owners hand book asap, get to know your bike better as early as possible.

Carry a spare inner tube for each wheel and hope that you Never need to use either one on your own bike. Patch an injured tube in camp or at the motel room.

Check the engine oil 4 times daily, especially until you learn your bikes thirst or lack there of.

Give your bike a Complete Break-In Maintenance shortly after you arrive home. Paying particular attention to mounting Nuts / Bolts / Screws & spokes.
Re-service the OILED Foam air filter & an oil and filter change of course.

Welcome to the forum and ride safe.

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Really helpful advice - thanks!
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post #5 of 22 Old 03-14-2019, 12:08 AM
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what brand oil are you guys using to reoil the foam filter?
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what brand oil are you guys using to reoil the foam filter?
Do Not use K&N filter oil intended for the cotton gauze air filters, its too thin.

On the factory foam and other fine pore foams like Twin-Air & No-Toil, I like to use SAE 40 or 50 grade engine oil, but could use 10W40 engine oil. The 10W40 / 20W50 engine oils will bleed out of the foam and migrate all over in the air box more than thicker oils. But these oils are more easily cleaned.

On Coarser foam filters like the UNI-Filter it is best to use the sticky air filter oils from UNI / Twin-Air / Bel-Ray / PJ-1 / Maxima, etc.

I like to use compressed air to blow the weed seed and chunky dust off the outer surface. Wash the foam in some form of solvent, usually gasoline. Then wash with laundry or dishsoap & warm water. Rinse twice. Squeeze out excess water.
Dry overnight or in bright sunshine & breeze til 100% dry before re-oiling.

One must use enough filter oil to massage thru & thru and squeeze out excess oil. If one can't squeeze any excess oil out of the foam then one hasn't put Enough oil in it! I like to see at least 3-4 drops out from between my fingers.

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i dont know if what i have is the factory filter or not it is foam forsure. what colors are the factory filter.
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The factory foam air filter is white foam, single stage, fine pore thru & thru. The Top is flat, bonded to the sides, not domed. The opening of the sealing flange is only about 1/4 inch smaller radius all the around the inner circumference than the white plastic cage.

Many of the aftermarket foam air filters have TOO MUCH overhang of foam sealing flange inside of the white plastic cage. This smaller ID probably restricts the air flow enough that it probably negates any air flow benefit to their use of coarser, freer flowing foam. Unless one uses an ink marker to trace a larger opening & a razor knife to perform some careful surgery.

Uni-Filter brand is Red & Gray, most other aftermarket filters are a White and/or Yellowish foam, but one can usually see a coarser outer layer bonded to a finer pore inner layer of foam.
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The factory foam air filter is white foam, single stage, fine pore thru & thru. The Top is flat, bonded to the sides, not domed. The opening of the sealing flange is only about 1/4 inch smaller radius all the around the inner circumference than the white plastic cage.

Many of the aftermarket foam air filters have TOO MUCH overhang of foam sealing flange inside of the white plastic cage. This smaller ID probably restricts the air flow enough that it probably negates any air flow benefit to their use of coarser, freer flowing foam. Unless one uses an ink marker to trace a larger opening & a razor knife to perform some careful surgery.

Uni-Filter brand is Red & Gray, most other aftermarket filters are a White and/or Yellowish foam, but one can usually see a coarser outer layer bonded to a finer pore inner layer of foam.

so does this look factory? sure needs a cleaning
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post #10 of 22 Old 03-15-2019, 10:32 PM
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Worried. Looks like it needed an oiling. Pinch it; your fingers should come away oily.

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