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post #21 of 135 Old 02-03-2018, 01:41 AM
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The Next Level

Just got the "Mule" buttoned up today after 10 days of agony waiting for parts to arrive. Repairs, Maintenance and upgrades are as follows-

-Water pump seals (mechanical seal & oil seal)
-Crank seal
-Oil filter housing seal
-Cleaned oil screen (lots of sealant from case assembly)
-Clutch cover gasket
-Coolant hoses
-Thermobob 2
-Coolant reservoir
-Heat shield for reservoir
-Heat shield for air box
-Removed emissions equipment
-Carb vent T-mod
-Ricochet skid plate
-Modified oil filter housing for 100% filtration
-Fresh oil and filter

Real happy with how it all turned out. There is a very noticeable increase in power since removing the emissions equipment and adding the Thermobob. Temperature is now holding steady in the middle of the gauge and no longer experiencing harsh temperature swings like before.


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post #22 of 135 Old 02-03-2018, 08:01 AM
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I'll suggest that the reason your preload if slightly different is because of your supplied rider weight/riding style/listed accessories & baggage (or lack there of) on your order sheet.
Any chance that you measured the Depth to the bottom of the lower leg to possibly install oil change drain plugs? I thought that I measured 397 mm on one customers forks, but now question my note.
pdwestman, I measured 392mm to the top of the step on the inside bottom of the lower fork leg. The actual bottom (where the oil lock seats) would be a couple of millimeters below that. This is on an '08.
You're probably right about the preload, though I'm not too concerned about it. Easy enough to change with the plastic spacers. I too took my steering head apart, cleaned and inspected, and regreased. All looked good, with only some light roller marks on the lower race, as would be expected for only 11K miles.

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post #23 of 135 Old 02-03-2018, 12:14 PM
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Antwon,
I'm very glad to read that you did the 100% oil filtration mod.
Did you put a Motion Pro oil filter magnet onto the back-side of the oil filter?

Did you find it relatively easy to control your aim of the long drill bit into the original oil galley, like Clark, Tom & I have? At least once we commit to it!

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post #24 of 135 Old 02-03-2018, 01:06 PM
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Pdwestman-

I will tell you, drilling that hole was very nerve racking for me! I referred to Tom and your posts repeatedly before pulling the trigger. The hole ended up a little further towards the outside of the filter housing than it should have, but it still fell within the appropriate space and all is well. Thank god there's lots of room behind the PRV!

I have not installed the magnet. Thanks for reminding me. I forgot all about it!

I am interested in completing the rest of the oil mods at a later time. Just taking it slow for now. Wanted to see how things go with the thermobob. The rest will be easy enough to do at a later date! Thanks again you you and Tom S. For your dedication and risk taking!
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post #25 of 135 Old 02-04-2018, 08:07 AM
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I ordered tusk panniers from usa and installed them the day I received. mounted it below than normal and I think it was a mistake because my foot gets stuck every time I try to make U turn.
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post #26 of 135 Old 02-04-2018, 04:41 PM
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Paddling your feet on sandy areas may really hurt both feet then.

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post #27 of 135 Old 02-04-2018, 06:44 PM
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I visited my local Kawasaki dealer because I believe in supporting the local brick and mortar whenever possible.

It's not a small shop. It's as big as a damn Costco.



All I wanted was a gallon of Kawasaki 10W-40.

They had YamaLube, HondaLube, SuzukiLube, KTMLube, SpectroLube, PurpleLube and a handful of others in gallons. They had quarts of Kawasaki 10W-40 for $8.

They didn't have gallons of 10W-40.

9 times out of 10, over the past 10 years, they don't have what I come in for. I swear, I do my part but ya cain't sell what ya don't have. And telling me that they can have it in a couple of days and I can drive my sorry ass back over there won't cut it. It's not like they don't have the square footage to stock stuff. They have their own damn road right inside the building, painted right there on the floor!

When these sorry bastiches showed up, carrying Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, KTM, Polaris and I don't know what all else, they ran about 5 locals out of buisness over the next few years.

Would somebody please call the Wahmbulance? I need a ride.

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post #28 of 135 Old 02-05-2018, 03:31 AM
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Tom, You drove right past a real CostCo (just off Redondo) on your way to/from our "friends" at D/A. Either that or hit up any of the S. Bay auto parts stores, Cycle Gear stores or even Wallyworld. At $8/Qt you'll save money even buying Mobil1 Motorcyle oil somewhere other than D/A. Or buy a gallon/5Qt jug of Rotella and save even more. Don't forget, it's for a KLR and you have a reputation to uphold!
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All I wanted was a gallon of Kawasaki 10W-40.
They didn't have gallons of 10W-40.
Awhile ago, I tried to get a valve cover bolt oil seal from their Santa Ana/Tustin location. Didn't carry it in inventory, or at any other of their 3 locations! I suspect that their total investment in any parts inventory, other than what is visible on the retail shelves is zero. Faster, easier, less expensive and much less frustrating to do my shopping at any of the on-line Kawasaki dealers.
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post #30 of 135 Old 02-05-2018, 09:53 AM
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Tom, You drove right past a real CostCo (just off Redondo) on your way to/from our "friends" at D/A. Either that or hit up any of the S. Bay auto parts stores, Cycle Gear stores or even Wallyworld. At $8/Qt you'll save money even buying Mobil1 Motorcyle oil somewhere other than D/A. Or buy a gallon/5Qt jug of Rotella and save even more. Don't forget, it's for a KLR and you have a reputation to uphold!
I have run Rotella for 10 years. I'm now in the middle of a Kawasaki experiment to see how well the stuff works, so I have to have the Kawasaki stuff. Paul has had good results from it; his oil analyses have come back better than the Rotella ones.

I'm trying to find out of that oil is better or if it is just Paul's clean living that does it...

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