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02-05-2009 08:31 PM
mattysuehurricne did that....
02-05-2009 06:50 PM
DXKLR While you are putting the bike back together, blue loc-tite every bolt and nut you can get your hands on.
02-05-2009 02:25 PM
mattysuehurricne yeah i was worried about the height it would add, i took it out for a little rip today and realized two things, i have to lower it to do any kind of off road riding, and duro trails blow in snow.... I'll check out that sweet cheeks, i also took the bike all apart today to get familiar with it, I'm definitely going to make my own rad guards and engine guard/foot pegs, and the money I save on that I'll probably do the thermo-bob, doing are taxes this weekend so we'll see what I get back and what I'll tell the wife we got back
02-05-2009 10:58 AM
vatrader http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...=24-21958202-2
Seat cover.

EDIT: Ain't that special. It says not in stock on line and not sold in stores. I had my paws on one two days ago in a Wally World. Will post up pic's and receipt before this day ends to uphold my integrity.

MHO: I had one last summer. They are not water proof. Works well as a sponge. Sprayed every waterproofer I could lay my hands on all over it, to not much avail. Got so I could locate the KLR it was on by the smell. When caught in a downpour, the seat cover allows you to remember the rain for a couple of days, as you will get a re-wetted ass everytime you through a leg over it. Also to consider: If you are, uh "inseam challenged", this will add about an inch and a half to the seat height when mounted up. Air hawk may be an option. I had one till it got shredded on an unscheduled git-off. I liked it OK, it could be slid back out of the way when I had to actually work the bike through off road stuff. I tethered it with shoe lace, and left slack. My all time favorite is "Sweet Cheeks". Cheap [under $30.00], adjustable and works every bit as well as a Russell Day Long Saddle @ around $500.00 to start. Sport Tour LTD has 'em (866) 761-0936. The Sweet Cheeks works better into the grand scheme of things for me. Filling the two 2 Liter bottles puts water to the camp site. Fill 'em with cold water in the summer and my butt thanks me. I run the bottles with just air when it's cold. YMMV.
02-05-2009 09:50 AM
mattysuehurricne do you have a pic?
02-05-2009 09:33 AM
DXKLR Paper sent me my first seat cover, You will love it in the summer with the heat.
02-05-2009 12:19 AM
Lockjaw PM'd ya Paper.

02-05-2009 12:11 AM
Originally Posted by mattysuehurricne View Post

p.s. where do i find the stap-on seat covers a couple people on here run?
Walmart.. ATV seat cover, but it's hit and miss as far as what stores carry them and those who don't..

Take a look at your local store and see if you find them.. They're rolled up, and the cover on them is either red or green (I've seen both).. They're made by Sterns..

If you can't find one, let me know. I have 2 left.. $25 each, will cover the cost of the cover and shipping by USPS. And no, I'm not making any money on that deal..
02-04-2009 11:11 PM
motorheads5 I know where your coming from post pic's as you go. You will be amazed at the difference in power after a pipe and getting it some air and fuel.
02-04-2009 11:07 PM
Mark B (4)
Originally Posted by vatrader View Post
IMHO. I would replace the Doohicky first. The Doo can frag and end all happyness, without warning. I'd address that. If you have not looked into the Thermo Bob, at least study up on it, so you will know why heat warped your cylinder, giving you the opportunity to know first hand where you can get the best deal on gallon jugs of oil, 'cuz that's how you will be using it...by the gallons. I'm not much on after market exhaust, if modifications with the stock exhaust net some positive results.
I try to keep the whole farkle thing in some kind of perspective. If I had a race horse, should I focus on what color and kind of stable blanket it would look best in, or what colors the jockey would look best in, or should I first make sure the nag is fit and in shape to run before I sink one flat dime in how it looks?
You've heard it before, and in this case, it has real meaning: "Chrome won't get'cha home"
Your farkle list is very reasonable. I would just get some priority to it. Do as much of the mechanical and electrical modifications done as you can, as soon as you can. Eagle Mike for the doo. You may run into a snag installing it, and the crisis intervention that comes with the kit is worth twice what you would pay for the doo. If I were in your shoes, I would be looking for or start making noise about a tech day in your area. In case you are not familiar with all that, thats where a bunch of riders get together and wrench on each others bikes. Those who can wrench, do. Those who can't, better be good cooks and know how to stock the beer cooler. Good place for ideas, horse trading, and information that money just don't buy. I'm in kindergarden with all this, too. I put about 18,000 miles on a KLR last year. I wouldn't be able to do this much tweaking on most other bikes. Couldn't afford it, or have the skills / tools to do all that can be done on these bikes. With nothing more than a driveway, the local Walmart and a Goodwill Store, you can rebuild one of these things.

Are you a KLR god that just joined, a lurker for about seven years? or ... which forum?

Good advice. I wish I had had that when I started. Tech-days, YES! learn from the elders. Priorty, Yes. Mechanical, before visible always. If you guys from the last tech-day in Sacramento didn't see... Larryboy makes the walk around at every tech-day just touching your steering nut. He found, I think three that go round that was loose. Its the little things. In my opinion this was a very good reply to this thread. After market exhaust.... More money than horsepower, looks nice though, and sounds cool. Tomatocity, chime in when you want... Vatrader... Welcome

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