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post #1 of 29 Old 11-19-2019, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all! My name is Travis... I'm into airplanes, Jeeps, hot rods and now KLRs

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post #2 of 29 Old 11-19-2019, 09:13 PM
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That is not a badly outfitted '08 you got there.

You'll want to keep a close eye on the oil level until you figure out what your bike does for oil consumption. The '08s had an issue with that and can get burned up in a day's worth of riding if they are particularly bad oil burners.

It looks like you may have RaceTech emulators in the forks; a big plus that makes me wonder what might be in the back for a shock.

What's the backstory on this bike?

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post #3 of 29 Old 11-19-2019, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! So far it's not using any oil at 18K on the clock.

Looks like just the OEM shock & spring on the back. I plan on putting a Top Gun 8.0 spring on the rear, to help out.

No idea on the back story of this bike. I added the trunk plus a few other goodies not shown in this picture.

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post #4 of 29 Old 11-19-2019, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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No idea...
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post #6 of 29 Old 11-19-2019, 10:46 PM
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That is a stock shock with the preload set on "1". That's not a stock spring. Could be a TopGun 9.3, though it should be shiny. Maybe it's just oily/dusty.

Oh, and a battery tender cable that should oughta have a cap on it...

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I wonder if it’s a RaceTech rear spring also... not sure how I would check.

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post #8 of 29 Old 11-20-2019, 09:18 AM
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That would be unusual. Folks usually buy a TopGun spring and put it on the peesashit stock shock and call it good enough. I have never run into an RT spring on a KLR. The stock shock is fairly pathetic, both in design and execution. It certainly doesn't have enough damping to handle a 500 pound/inch spring.

Have a close look at the coils just next to the end. If it is a TopGun shock it should say so.

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post #9 of 29 Old 11-20-2019, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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I guess I'll find out when I service it this winter...

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post #10 of 29 Old 11-20-2019, 09:35 AM
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The best way to service it:

A Cogent is a bit spendy, but it really transforms the KLR suspension into something worthy.
Servicing or rebuilding the stock shock is throwing good money after bad.

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