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post #1 of 9 Old 11-15-2009, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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What more to do..........

I need help! I am busy buying a 09 model KLR for both my wif as myself. The shop will fit a carb kit (DynaJet) to both bikes as well as a good exhaust to mine. While they are doing that what other mods must they do to the bike???
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-15-2009, 02:32 PM
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I'm sure you will get all kinds of responses for this question... but I'm of the opinion that if it ain't broke, don't "fix" it.
All of the mods should be to make the bike do what you WANT it to do. Have you ridden the 09's to see if they perhaps already will do what you want them to do? My 08 is pretty much what I wanted just straight stock. It has plenty of power to drag my 6'2" 240# frame through traffic with no problems at all, and it gets 55-56mpg while doing that. I don't go offroad much at all, at least not yet. I don't expect it to be a wall-climber, or a super-smooth highway cruiser.
Good luck with your new bikes...
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post #3 of 9 Old 11-15-2009, 02:57 PM
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I'd look into replacing the doohicky spring.

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I agree with Paulo. Above and beyond that it is all a matter of how much time, money, energy you want to invest. And zero is a perfectly fine answer.

In my opinion I got more from the simple things I've done (changed the muffler, installed a fork brace, got a taller windscreen, got new foot pegs, etc) than the more complicated mods.

There's a lot I'd do before messing with an aftermarket exhaust, but that's me. But this is only a question you can answer. If you're still on here in six mos reading about KLR's you'll have answered that Q I guess.




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Gee, it looks like I need to learn how to spell. Yes, I agree, I keep well alone, but spending a little time on this forum, I have come across a few not-so-well's. It is those things that bother me slightly..........

Out the crate the carb settings seems not to be optimal for economy and performance?
Some easy, and inexpensive mods can be done to the airbox to enhance the economy and performance?
The PCV valve causes oil usage?
Wiring harnass problem, on 08 models. What about 09 models?
Accelerated wear on the valves / cams / etc?
Doo hickey spring?????
And then, what to do to enhance, like the fork brace, mud cover for rear shock, etc.

These are generally the things I picked up so far, and which I hope you guys can assist me in understanding which to do, and which not to worry about.
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Gee, it looks like I need to learn how to spell. Yes, I agree, I keep well alone, but spending a little time on this forum, I have come across a few not-so-well's. It is those things that bother me slightly..........

Out the crate the carb settings seems not to be optimal for economy and performance?
Some easy, and inexpensive mods can be done to the airbox to enhance the economy and performance?
The PCV valve causes oil usage?
Wiring harnass problem, on 08 models. What about 09 models?
Accelerated wear on the valves / cams / etc?
Doo hickey spring?????
And then, what to do to enhance, like the fork brace, mud cover for rear shock, etc.

These are generally the things I picked up so far, and which I hope you guys can assist me in understanding which to do, and which not to worry about.
...The '08> Doohickey might look good to the average KLRista but the lever is of poor quality and tolerances. Very loose or sloppy on the shaft.
...Install an Eagle Balancer Lever and Torsion spring.
...Not sure about the wiring harness on the '09 but have not heard of any.
...The PCV reduces or elimates oil usage. Does this by redusing pressure on the backside of the piston. You could notice better performance.
...Airbox: pull the rubber grommet out and leave the rest alone.
...Air filter: replace with a Uni.
...Carburetor: start with the 22 cent mod.
...Forkbrace: for sure. An Eagle forkbrace is very good.
...Rear shock: Mud Cover: I used a piece of coping and some stainless steel nuts, bolts and washers.
...Adjust the valves to the maximum gap before you do anything else.

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Thanks Tim. I have taken carefull note of your advise, and will impliment most / all of it. Can you tell / direct me on how to do the PCV modification? Many thanks......
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You can search for the PCV. There is a lot on here about that.

Tim gave you good answers, and searching for most of that stuff will tell you more than you need to know. I still think the front fender should go...cheap and easy.




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post #9 of 9 Old 11-16-2009, 04:37 PM
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Thanks Tim. I have taken carefull note of your advise, and will impliment most / all of it. Can you tell / direct me on how to do the PCV modification? Many thanks......
Hello Eric. A person named Patman (one of my KLR hero's) designed and wrote the specs for the PCV mod.
You will have to go to KLR World and register on that forum.
The KLRWorld.com Forums - Your Kawasaki KLR650 Forum for Tech and Community ! > KLR Technical Forums > KLR650 How -To Guide Reference Library > * Engine, Fuel, Cooling, Exhaust * > The Patman's New and Improved PCV valve thingie The last photo is taken from the left side of the KLR. The focus is just behind the fuel tank and below the top of the frame.

Are there any Tech Days in your area? This is a good way to get assistance and meet other KLRistas.

I have to original GM version and plan on upgrading to the MB version sometime soon.

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