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post #1 of 16 Old 08-22-2013, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Just purchased a 2009 shiny black KLR650. Love the machine, but I really hate the green/silver tribal looking decals and want them off. However, I do not want to damage anything. Any info or opinions appreciated.
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post #2 of 16 Old 08-23-2013, 01:01 AM
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Same year, same color, same graphics here. Just take a hairdryer and warm them up and they'll peel right off starting at the edge. If you have any residual adhesive left on the paint, citrus-based Goo Gone and a rag will get it off with no problems.

You can do all this with just your fingers and fingernails: no tools required except for the hairdryer.



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post #3 of 16 Old 08-23-2013, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I had read that in other posts but wanted to be sure. It would be my luck that after I began such an endeavor that someone points out that only on '09s the graphics were put on with tile adhesive from the space shuttle and that if they do come off they will take an 1/8" of plastic with them.
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post #4 of 16 Old 08-23-2013, 09:44 AM
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No problem. Taking those off was one of the first things I did. Depends on what kind of hairdryer you have, but you can start off on "Medium." If that doesn't soften them up, crank it up to "High."



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post #5 of 16 Old 08-23-2013, 11:17 AM
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WD 40 and a towel gets the glue off.
Wash with dawn ( mild) wax and you're good to go
done all of mine that way and it worked great
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post #6 of 16 Old 08-23-2013, 01:40 PM
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FYI - if you don't want your bike to look 100% blank afterwards, order the '09 stickers that mine has.
Mine just has a grey "KAWASAKI" on the front, and a little "klr650" on the tail.
http://www.klrforum.com/showpost.php...0&postcount=24

EDIT: I suppose it's possible the previous owner removed the rest.

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post #7 of 16 Old 08-23-2013, 02:38 PM
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I peeled mine (also an 09) on a 90 degree summer day. No hair dryer, no tools; just a thumbnail. Easy.
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post #8 of 16 Old 08-24-2013, 01:05 AM
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I don't know what "graphic designer" came up with those '09 decals. I'm not one to really stew much about the looks of my KLR, but I didn't like those things from the get-go.



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post #9 of 16 Old 08-24-2013, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
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I agree. I've asked everybody that checks out my bike their opinion and most agree that they are a little garish.
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post #10 of 16 Old 08-24-2013, 10:53 AM
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I agree. I've asked everybody that checks out my bike their opinion and most agree that they are a little garish.
Garish. That's the perfect description.



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