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03-14-2019 10:10 AM
DPelletier
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Originally Posted by KLRCraig View Post


DooKit in my possession now (21K mi, not sure status 'til I crack case",
Thermo-Bob on the way (more I learn more I realize that if I love my Bike, which I do, I wanna help with the rise/fall of OilTemps).
Later, after I rob a bank, will be a new Shock.
Progressives up front and wish I'd done the Emulators as the Gen1 has some SERIOUS nose dive (already got thicker Springs and Oil Levels/Makeup customized though).
I cannot lock up front end to save my life making this the FIRST TIME I am better 'n my Bike (in that Dept anyway)... OUCH!!! So later is the 320mm as SteelLines/NewRotor/RaceFluid did accomplish enough for me.

I believe I've said it before but; congrats and great work! There is a real feeling of accomplishment bringing a bike back from the dead. A couple observations;

- I'll be interested to hear the condition of your stock "doohickey"....keeping my fingers crossed but at 21k, I'll be surprised if it's intact. hopefully it is because finding all the pces (five in my case at 15k) can be a real PITA.

- good call on the T bob

- I can't stress enough how much better the KLR functions with real suspension. If/When you have the coin, I'd strongly suggest a Cogent Moab or Adventure and their DDC kit. The RT emulators work well but the DDC's are an improvement and way easier to install (as well as being reversible)

- The 320mm rotor will get you half way from the dismal/dangerous stock Gen1 front brake, the SV caliper adaptor and used ebay caliper will take you the rest of the way to downright decent.....and the rotor is the biggest cost anyhow.

Cheers and good luck with the rest of your build.

Dave
03-13-2019 08:45 PM
Damocles
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Originally Posted by rodent64 View Post
Thanks for all the great info. I would rather put the crash bars on.
Gonna get highway pegs?
03-13-2019 08:08 PM
samuel
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Originally Posted by chestypuller1970 View Post
no matter what kinda deal i get i always feel like im over paying.
Strange… no matter what I get for it, I always feel like I'm gettin' screwed!

KLRCraig, I like your paint. Nice job on that bike.
03-13-2019 07:16 PM
chestypuller1970 no matter what kinda deal i get i always feel like im over paying.
03-13-2019 07:12 PM
KLRCraig Bought a similar '03 Gen 1... SuperGlue, DuctTape, JBWeld, PlasticGroceryBags, ZipTies, JBWeld, FlexSeal, PictureWire, Spit, and, did I mention JBWeld.
All that to say I scored on the Bike.
It then became an exploded diagram for 4M on my BackPatio.



Over time I cleaned it all up and am
One
with my Bike.



Seriously, I'm not like Mr.Fabricator or nothin' (Robots, REALLY?!?!), but I was able to get through what I got through [lotta 'clean-up/repair/paint and some small upgrades (budget you know)].
DooKit in my possession now (21K mi, not sure status 'til I crack case",
Thermo-Bob on the way (more I learn more I realize that if I love my Bike, which I do, I wanna help with the rise/fall of OilTemps).
Later, after I rob a bank, will be a new Shock.
Progressives up front and wish I'd done the Emulators as the Gen1 has some SERIOUS nose dive (already got thicker Springs and Oil Levels/Makeup customized though).
I cannot lock up front end to save my life making this the FIRST TIME I am better 'n my Bike (in that Dept anyway)... OUCH!!! So later is the 320mm as SteelLines/NewRotor/RaceFluid did accomplish enough for me.
Adding Lexx, Racks (F/R) as we speak so she's becoming a real live AdventureBike again.

So why my story?
Well, first off, I like to talk here (sorry fellas),
2nd, what I found was a low initial Investment, a confirmation of 'good bones', and then an exploded diagram for a while (maybe take a day off when it hit 120 or so here in AZ), so no pressure.
This Site TOTALLY saved my backside on manyManyMANY things. One guy even told me, flat out, "STOP RIDING THE BIKE UNTIL YOU FIX...!!!" ThickSkin and BigBoyPants are helpful on this Site, and its' Members even MORE SO!!!

So, find you Bike and build it up... or not (Gen2 seems efficient enough, Gen1 just cheaper really), but, for me, my 'Secret' was...
Patience.
With Patience,
OfferUp,CL, eB, AMZ, RockyMountain and local Dealer and local Shop (DON'T FORGET ACE HARDWARE... THEY LOVE ME!!!) made it SuperCheap to do things.
BodyPanels were $200 for one, but another for $40, but only since I was Patient.
TallWindscreen was $125 and scored one on CL from SuperNiceGuy for $20 (9.5 outta 10 condition).
OfferUp (hate that, but it works... lotta flakes though) got me replacement Rims F/R (OEM) since I Fugly'd mine with Paint (yeh, yeh, NOW I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) CHEAP!

Worth It???
yyyeeeeehhhhhhhA!
So, Before/After (there will soon be an UpdatedAfter) could have ONLY been accomplished if I was Patient (not only for Budget, but for just plain better value). I even scored an error-free OEM tank (mine was dinged purdy good by DPO) for $50 'cause I waited (not an IMS fan so much, but'll prolly change my mind at first trip).
And do make sure to stay in touch here... these guys are SuperKnowledgable, Helpful and willing to put forth an effort. And some of 'em have even DONE THE WORK for us!!!






Peace Ya'll... 'glad to be back!
03-13-2019 03:47 PM
pdwestman rodent64, I'll suggest that you shake up your air filter oil before using it, the thinners tend to rise to the top over time.

Sorry, but the DRZ & KLR do Not use the same oil filter. But I do like to use the DRZ speedometer cable guide on the Gen 1 KLR's.
03-13-2019 02:37 PM
rodent64 Thanks for all the great info. I would rather put the crash bars on. I like the tank graphics on the later green ( 2013,14,15;16 ) models. And I will do most all of the other mods. As far as foam air filter oil , I still have a couple of the tacky blue stuff I used on my DRZ and KDX I had. I still have various weighs of fork oil, waterproof grease, and the likes. In fact I think the oil filter was/is the same part my DRZ used. I checked my bearing stock. Looks like I have all (3) sizes of wheel brgs in SKF brand. ( probably a lot of the motor brgs too ).
03-13-2019 10:21 AM
pdwestman
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Originally Posted by DPelletier View Post
Always foam....sock not required. Oil as required, preferrably with proper foam filter oil

....the PCV valve mod is an answer to a question that nobody asked.


2 cents,

Dave
I know who originally hypothesized about the possible usage of a pcv valve on the KLR engines. I'm reasonably certain that he later regretted that he even made that suggestion.
03-13-2019 09:37 AM
DPelletier
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Originally Posted by Damocles View Post

Aftermarket air cleaner? Manufacturer? Foam or paper? Sock or not?

You may be attracted to the, "PCV Valve Mod," for the advantages claimed by its advocates (full disclosure, I am not).

Always foam....sock not required. Oil as required, preferrably with proper foam filter oil

....the PCV valve mod is an answer to a question that nobody asked.


2 cents,

Dave
03-13-2019 07:28 AM
Damocles
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What else did I forget ?
If a Generation 1, I'd consider a Tee Mod to the air breather hose a must, if you ford water deeper than 10"; Generation 2, optional.

If a Generation 1, replacement high-strength subframe bolts (or great big drill-through bolt); maybe not necessary on Generation 2s.

Replace carburetor JIS-head machine screws with Allen-head (hex socket) bolts on all carburetors (Eagle Mike has a kit). Why? After Galvanic corrosion adhesion from dissimilar metals, you'll wish you had!

Given your attention to preparation, replacement of ALL fasteners on the bike with Allen-head (hex socket) bolts appears sound maintenance. Make sure the master cylinder reservoir cover bolts are counter-sunk Allen-head (hex socket) design. At least one vendor offers an assortment with all the Allen-Head (hex socket) bolts you need for a KLR650.

Certainly, you want a hex socket metal oil fill nozzle cap, replacing the OEM plastic one.

Aftermarket air cleaner? Manufacturer? Foam or paper? Sock or not?

Custom suspension upgrades/modifications remain rather endless; e.g., what fork oil viscosity and manufacturer will you use? How much? What rear shock setting? Replacement? Stock front fork springs?

Fork brace?

Road pegs with your crash bars? Reinforced foot peg mounts?

You may be attracted to the, "PCV Valve Mod," for the advantages claimed by its advocates (full disclosure, I am not).

The MC Mod delivers substantial "Free" increased power, according to its advocates (I remain skeptical).

Safety-wired oil drain plug and oil filter consideration on another thread.

Here's hoping you find the KLR650 meeting all your criteria; hope you share your modifying/farkleing adventures on this website, with pictures.
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