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post #1 of 52 Old 01-03-2019, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question What did you do to your KLR today? (2019)

Who will be first to do something to their KLR in 2019??

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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I removed the rear suspension linkages and swing arm and lubed all the bearings.
There was very little grease on them when it came apart.

Doohicky is next on the list.

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I said Hi to mine as I got the snowmobile loaded up to go ride. Does that count?
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I removed the rear suspension linkages and swing arm and lubed all the bearings.
There was very little grease on them when it came apart.

Doohicky is next on the list.

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Ya that sounds about right. I think the KLR factory bought one pail of grease in 1987 and have been sparsely using it ever since.

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I replaced a broken gear shift lever that decided to break off when I left the Valley of the Giants in the middle of the Oregon Coast Range. Also built and installed a tool tube, and sewed a sock to go in there. Last not least, I mounted a KLR-style (as in $50 cheap) BT motorcycle headset in my helmet - Love it!
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Ya that sounds about right. I think the KLR factory bought one pail of grease in 1987 and have been sparsely using it ever since.
My ZZR1200 had zerks in the rear suspension links. Why none with the KLR?
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My ZZR1200 had zerks in the rear suspension links. Why none with the KLR?
The KLR is/was less expensive.

Your ZZR1200 was still missing 3 grease zerks. L & R swingarm bearings and rearward link point!

Wattman / Thermo-Bob website has a Very Good KLR grease zerk install write-up!

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The KLR is/was less expensive.

Your ZZR1200 was still missing 3 grease zerks. L & R swingarm bearings and rearward link point!

Wattman / Thermo-Bob website has a Very Good KLR grease zerk install write-up!
So they omit the fittings, but bearings not sealed?
If so, how often would you recommend I tear it all apart to grease? Mine is less than 1 yr old and has been sitting all winter so I doubt it needs it already, but parts neglected cost $$.
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So they omit the fittings, but bearings not sealed?
If so, how often would you recommend I tear it all apart to grease? Mine is less than 1 yr old and has been sitting all winter so I doubt it needs it already, but parts neglected cost $$.
The KLR suspension seals are very high quality in my opinion. If one installs zerks, one must also drill vents.
Read here, http://www.watt-man.com/uploads/ZerkInstallation.pdf

The 2006 and newer Thailand manufactured models barely got half a smear of grease in the steering head bearings & the rear suspension bearings.
But there are other issues which one might also attend to on all years of KLR's, before it becomes a problem.
They didn't grease the assembly bolts & then mistakenly allowed water entry into the largest, toughest one!
Read here, https://www.souperdoo.com/stuff%20th...-zerk-fittings

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So they omit the fittings, but bearings not sealed?
If so, how often would you recommend I tear it all apart to grease? Mine is less than 1 yr old and has been sitting all winter so I doubt it needs it already, but parts neglected cost $$.
Have you ever washed the bike? Crossed a stream? Ridden in the rain? Live in a humid area? If you have then water has gotten into the frame where the pivot bolt passes through. There is no way for it to get out, and rust never sleeps.

The bearings are probably fine as of now, but I believe that the manual recommends lubrication every 15K miles. That is too infrequent for at least the first interval, given that they were inadequately lubed at the factory.
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