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post #1 of 18 Old 02-04-2019, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Center Stand & Skid Plate Compatibility

Hi everybody,

I'm a KLR newbie that has just bought a 2018. Really happy with it and wanting to make a few mods/improvements.

The first thing I want to replace the plastic skid plate with a metal one and add a center stand. Now, I'm not particularly mechanically minded so don't want to be messing around trying to modify anything so I'm looking for a stand and plate that are compatible.

There's a lot of choice out there and I don't know what would be best. Can anybody recommend me anything?

Thanks so much!

Howard
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post #2 of 18 Old 02-07-2019, 03:12 PM
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I recommend that you consider a skid plate only. Then ride for a while to see if you really need a center stand. I have about 150,000 miles on KLRs and have never needed a center stand.
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post #3 of 18 Old 02-07-2019, 06:00 PM
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Guaranteed compatibility can be had from over here, but I don't necessarily recommend center stand installation either. But you probably don't ride where I ride or how I ride.

https://www.happy-trail.com/find-you...te-klr650.html

https://www.happy-trail.com/find-you...d-klr650e.html

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Thanks for both your replies. I got to think that anybody who has ridden 150,000 miles on a KLR should know what he is talking about so I'll take your advise and skip the center stand for now at least.
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Here is a link to an old link, 2010. I don't know if the company is still in business or not.

Trail Stand, https://advrider.com/f/threads/trail...-stand.538235/

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post #6 of 18 Old 02-15-2019, 12:05 AM
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For a jack stand I use about 15 inches of 1 inch PVC pipe with a "TEE" cut in half to make a saddle on one end. I store my tire tools inside the stand and also use it as a cheater bar on the short handle tools I take on road trips.
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post #7 of 18 Old 02-15-2019, 09:35 AM
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Ditto on Paul and GoMotor's comments; I hate centerstands.....why? well, they add weight, reduce ground clearance, flop around on bumps and obstacles AND on the KLR they typically mount using the footpeg mounting bolts/nuts which are already weak adding to a common failure point. ....all that plus I tend to do my maintenance in my heated garage on a bike lift - if and when I (rarely) have to make a repair or do maintenance in the field, there are many small, light easy options like the one GoMotor mentions.

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post #8 of 18 Old 02-15-2019, 10:37 PM
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How do you check the oil and clean the rear wheel without a center stand.
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post #9 of 18 Old 02-16-2019, 01:06 AM
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To check the oil I hold the bike upright and look in the sight glass.

To clean the rear wheel, oil the chain, remove the rear wheel, I use a Is Stick™ in the field, a proper lift in the shop.

Was your statement meant to be some sort of a rhetorical question?

My Is Stick™ doesn't clank loudly when going over rough ground, weigh 10 pounds, reduce ground clearance, or help strip footpeg bolts by overstressing them.

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post #10 of 18 Old 02-16-2019, 08:56 AM
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My neck is fused with twelve plates so holding the bike vertical and looking at the site glass is impossible. I use a front wheel stand or ask someone to hold it up. I sure miss dip sticks on bikes!
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