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post #1 of 20 Old 04-23-2016, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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IMS 10 gal tank

I'm thinking about getting an IMS tank, one thing I'm wondering is how do you check and add antifreeze, you have to take the left plastic piece off to check it normally, but the tank is the shroud also.
Also I have nelson riggs dry adventure bags and was thinking about getting panniers, I can't get past the price, so I need to be talked out of them, and last, my klr has never been off-road and probably never will be, is there a big difference in the stock and 16 tooth socket?
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post #2 of 20 Old 04-23-2016, 09:43 AM
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Not much help on the paniers or the tank. As for the sprocket, some feel its great for the highway as it drops your rpms down when cruising. Personally I don't feel the need for it as my stock sprocket puts the rpms at 5 going 70. Don't really push the klr pass that. In all honesty, the only reason I chimed in was you said your klr has never been off road. Your really missing out on literally half of that bikes potential. Sure it's scary at first, but man, that's where the klr offers up. It's not great off road, nor on road, but you blend the two and that's where the klr really shines as a go anywhere, do anything. Do it justice and go off the pavement, slowly, and just explore the places that bike will take you. I promise you, it will make you smile.
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post #3 of 20 Old 04-23-2016, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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It's my commuter bike and has done Ironbutt rides, did a rally on it and doing another one in Oct, so it's a lot of interstate riding usually 75 to 80 mph, the reason I like to use it is because my voyager is so heavy and the klr can do a uturn on a dime and is not as tiring to ride, it's way better on gas and uses 87oct, the list goes on. I have no friends that ride off-road, it looks fun, I'd go down a gravel road or smooth fire trail, plus I don't think my insurance would like a claim if I were do crash it going off-road.
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Myself I'm a believer in the 16 tooth sprocket. For your type of riding I wouldn't be without it.

As to adding coolant. I don't recall ever having to do it. Had an IMS tank on a Gen 1 model and don't recall any issue. You can see the level from the front. Worst case you have to remove the seat and slide the tank back. Are you having issues with coolant loss?

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post #5 of 20 Old 04-23-2016, 11:48 AM
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My question to you is do you need a 10 gallon tank?
Most rides can't burn the 6 gallons without stopping for some reason, if you can, Bravo!!

I ride 75-80 with the stock 15 tooth, Been wanting 16 but then thought I might just ride it 1 tooth faster and I don't need to do that.

You are missing out not going off-road, Only did a little bit myself, very light, I don't know any other off-road riders here yet (not safe alone).


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post #6 of 20 Old 04-23-2016, 12:12 PM
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Unless you plain on traveling to areas that you won't have access to fuel the 10 gallon is a waste of time. As for panniers they are nice to have. I have wolfman soft bags and I also have GIVI hard bags on all my bikes.

I just finished measuring up a jig for drilling and installing the mounting hardware on my KLR to accept the my givi bags. I have been considering sharing with the community here since I don't belief givi makes racks for the gen 1 klr but do have for the gen 2

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With this system you can mount any givi I have the givi e21 for side cases, e40 for side cases and e55 for top case. To me for general riding and commuting the givi is just visually nicer and not quite as expensive.
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Further thought on adventure panniers is, IMO anyway, they just dont serve a good purpose for the bikes they go on. First they are not very aerodynamic and, also IMO, quite fugly. Expensive square boxes to hold your stuff that don't come off easily unless you go high end. If you are on two track they can be difficult, on single track then no way! If you go down, which you will on dirt, who knows. I use givi side cases for commuting and touring but only soft bags when in dirt, gravel, etc.. On two track just a duffel bag is all that is really needed for short trips.

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post #7 of 20 Old 04-23-2016, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by rodneyw71 View Post
I need to be talked out of them
If you need a reason not to get panners, I personally went with soft bags because I could see falling off road, getting my leg broken under them. JMO

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post #8 of 20 Old 04-23-2016, 01:36 PM
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With an IMS10 installed you will still be able to reach in and remove the radiator cap. A funnel like this is handy for filling the radiator.

The IMS10 has more utility than just carrying 11 gallons of gas.

It is considerably lighter than the stock tank and nerf bars. It does a better job of protecting the radiator than the typical nerf bars.

If you don't need 10 gallons of gas on board, put 6 in and have the advantage of carrying it far lower on the bike than the stock tank does. With 6 gallons in it, the fuel comes up to about the level of the top of the seat.

It also provides about an acre of storage surface for MOLLE bags...


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Is that a 'fresh pic'? With 11:1 compression ratio.

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I can easily see the level in the reservoir through the ventilation hole in the tank on my gen2 KLR.
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