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post #1 of 37 Old 01-04-2020, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question What did you do to your KLR today? (2020)

This thread hasn't been too popular of late. Last post from 2019 was in September, then everybody must have taken a rest from KLR stuff.

Give it another run for 2020.

Who will be first to do something to their KLR in 2020??

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post #2 of 37 Old 01-12-2020, 05:26 AM
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Bike tinkering KLR 600

Well i am quite busy.

Just about completed a 85 Red 600 back to original.
Need a left switchgear assembly to arrive from Norway.

Got started on a black 85 KLR 600 about 4 weeks ago.

instument lights
need to check balance adjuster bits
kickstart spring
stickers and polishing
tank spray
front sprox
carb rebuild done but may have to revisit as the bloody choke is not working.Most likely blocked between vacuum chamber and enricher .

I will post some pics when I have worked out how-many its cos i am new ?
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post #3 of 37 Old 01-12-2020, 08:45 AM
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So far this year I installed a pair of EBC organic rear brake pads and I replaced the 15 tooth front sprocket with a 16 tooth.
Now I am waiting for spring to come. Might be a while.

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post #4 of 37 Old 01-12-2020, 01:27 PM
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Well ok here goes, I bought a guy's gen 1 07 model just before New Year's Eve, 2019. It was a clean bike with a lot of extras, 12k on the clock. So for the last 11 days or so I haven't rode any
just worked on it. It came with Shinko 244 knobs , not to my liking very much so I replaced them
with Shinko 705 tires yesterday. It needed a new counter sprocket so I put on a 16t and a new chain. Also had need for a small front fender which I got from Amazon, UFO brand, and a new
windshield Parabellum from ProCycle. Btw , The Doo has been done. This is my second gen 1
bike. Never had a gen 2 yet. I might get around to checking the valves in a month or so but
will just ride it for now. I also spent a good deal of time cleaning up the wheels and chain areas.
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post #5 of 37 Old 01-12-2020, 02:35 PM
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In that color scheme, that is the best and nicest Gen 1 ever made.
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post #6 of 37 Old 01-12-2020, 06:06 PM
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Thanks Tom, I have too liked it for years and almost came home with one a few times but the deal just wasn't good enough till now....more to come. Went out today for about 50 miles, it just runs
great. Just something about a motorcycle, even oil tanks are interesting to look at if you are on
two wheels!!
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post #7 of 37 Old 01-14-2020, 09:26 PM
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Just an observation or two , or a musing perhaps. After I had cleaned and adjusted and fitted new
tires and began to enjoy a KLR all over again arriving back home one evening and admiring the
bike in the garage, what to do next?? So I got the torque wrench out just to spot check a few
places and I found a few surprises. Some nuts were way too tight and some way too loose.
The fork pinch bolts were an area I found the biggest surprises. Peg bolts and motor mounts
were mostly ok. The front axel nut was finger tight. This was on a new to me 07 model. I got a
big education . Y'all be careful out there.
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post #8 of 37 Old 01-23-2020, 03:33 PM
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I made a pair of brackets to lower the foot pegs an inch and move them back an inch.
Took all of two hours and that included waiting for the paint to dry.
They started life as 3/8 x 3 flat bar. they are 2" x 3".
Replaced the factory bolts with quality bolts and used Loctite on them.
I lowered the shifter lever, brake pedal and adjusted the brake light switch too.

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post #9 of 37 Old 01-23-2020, 04:27 PM
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Well, this weekends plans are to mount a strebel airhorn and hopefully a new(to me) fairing bracket. Might try my hand at making a dash plate out of some old diamond plate i have. Wish i had plans to ride....
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post #10 of 37 Old 01-28-2020, 09:14 PM
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Fixed that durned ignition switch ...

Recently acquired '95 KLR had some weirdness with the lights. When you turned the ign switch to ON, the lights would come on only about half the time.

So I pulled off the ignition switch, cleaned and lubed the contacts. Scrubbed the grunge off with alcohol wipes, burnished the contacts with 800 sand paper, and then cleaned 'em again. Then put on a light coat of silicon grease and reassembled.

Presto - head and tail lights work every time now.

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