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post #1 of 7 Old 08-25-2010, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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just purchased a 2006 klr650. i'll be riding it to work 20 miles in the early morning (4am) here in colorado. temps have been 30 degrees and cooler lately at that time and i have noticed the bike running very cool, the needle barely moves off bottom of the gauge
this is my first watercooled bike and first with temp gauge (about time). someday i'll likely install themobob (sounds like a good idea) but right now i'm broke as a joke soooooooo....would partially blocking raidiator with cardboard or some other shroud be a good idea to raise temp?
where on the gauge is the optimum temp?
warmer plug?

im gonna be riding into late oct early november so im envisioning some REALLY cold mornings in the near future...any suggestions?
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...and on a random note...can the new 2010 klr light be mounted on a 2006????
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....would partially blocking raidiator with cardboard or some other shroud be a good idea to raise temp?...
I don't see why not - it works on Peterbilts and Kenworths (or it did when I was a kid, and the KLR is state of the art for about when I was a kid). You might want to break it into 4 sections so that you can add/subtract as you need, and carry a roll of duct tape.

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....where on the gauge is the optimum temp?
With the Thermo-Bob the needle runs at about halfway on the guage, and that seems like a good spot for you to target for. You probably won't get it there, though, or you will have a cycling effect going on - without the bypass the thermostat may just open and close over and over. This should be an interesting experiment...

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....warmer plug?
Don't know about that - I have not seen anyone from the cold places talk about a warmer plug.

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....can the new 2010 klr light be mounted on a 2006????
Nope, the bracketry up there is completely different. You may find something that works better for you, like the Xtra Vision bulbs. These bulbs have a different color temperature than the standard bulb and some people find they work better. Kind of a spendy thing to experiment with at ~$20 a pop, but there are only two or three really different types. I think Sylvania and Osram may be the leaders in the bulb market.

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-25-2010, 05:15 PM
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If you want optimum light from your 2006 (or any Gen 1 KLR) you need to bypass the factory's voltage sucker.. Small wires and running headlight power through the switch pulls the voltage down 2-3 volts by the time it gets to the headlight..

What really helps is a larger gauge wire, directly from the battery, being run by a relay.. I have an Eastern Beaver H4 relay kit in mine and my headlight now works like it should!! http://easternbeaver.com/Main/Produc...s/h4_kits.html

It's top quality stuff, takes less than an hour to install, and worth every cent..
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I live in Flagstaff, AZ and it gets down to 30 or less regularly. Eversince I installed the thermo-bob my engine temp runs right at half. Costs a few bucks but it will solve your cold weather issues.
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30s already, Im not really ready for winter yet. I was thru OakCreek last weekend. Still pretty nice during the day..

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You dont happen to work at "the Mile" do you?
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Thanks everyone for your input...cool website!!!...and no, I work at "the bagel"

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