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post #1 of 13 Old 01-03-2007, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Lots of upgrades. Some obvious, and some not so obvious. The fairing sucks. I'm working on a super secret fairing project at the moment. I kinda have to do it in two stages, because I plan on making several to sell, and so most people will have the stock headlight. Then, I'm making a second one that will accomodate my HID project. But in the meantime I love the bike without the fairing... no buffeting, wind noise, head shake... nothing. Just needs a little "cleaning up" with the blinker set-up and wires.

Things I've done that I can remember off the top of my head:

? 18" Excel Front Wheel
? 320mm Oversized Brake Rotor/Galfer Pads
? Black Coated Stainless Steel Brake Lines
? Pro-Taper SE Handlebars (ATV High's)
? Eagle Mike's 1" Bar Risers
? Progressive Springs
? Euro Style Turn Signal/Headlight Switch
? LED Dash Lights
? DR Style Mirrors
? Acerbis Supermoto Fender
? Moose Sealed Bearings
? Kenda 761's (In Pic Right Now)
? HotGrips Heated Hand Grips
? Maier ATV Bend Bark Busters
? Acerbis "Touring" Style Hand Guard
? PIAA Halogen 80w/80w
? TWC Headlight Harness (Hi-Temp Connectors)
? Stebel Compact Dual Air Horn
? Airbox "L" & Uni Foam Filter
? NGK Iridium Plug
? Carb Thumbscrew Adj Bolt
? Subframe Upgrade Bolts
? Moose Stainless Pegs
? Radientz Cluster LED Taillight (w/Chromed Housing)
? Petcock Block-Off Plate
? Brass 90? Fuel Filter
? De-Kalifonicated w/Pelican 1120 Box installed
? T-Mod & PerCiVal Mod
? 16T CS Sproket (w/Prevailing Torque Nut)
? DID Gold X-Chain
? Counter Balancer Idle Lever Upgraded
? Sidestand Safety Switch Removed
? 12V Accessory Plug
? Fuji-Loc Wheel Nuts/Chain Adjusters


Things Left To Do:

? 18" or 17" Black Excel Rear Rim & Spokes
? Trail Tech Vapor Speedo Unit (w/Custom Dash)
? IMS Tank
? Stainless Fastener Upgrade
? Staintune Muffler & Custom Headpipe
? HID Upgrade
? Aux. Forward Lighting
? ATO Fuse Block
? Racetech Valve Adjusters
? F1 Engineering Rear Shock
? Custom Kevlar Bash Plate
? Higher Output Stator
? Superbrace Fork Brace
? A better seat of some kind
? Master Cylinder Guard
? Upgrade the Shifter & Brake Levers (Feet)
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-04-2008, 07:10 PM
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Super secret fairing?

I was wondering if you ever finished the project, and how the fairing project came out?
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post #3 of 13 Old 06-02-2008, 03:36 PM
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Do You Know The Torque Specs For The Rear Shock Top And Bottom?
Bike Looks Great I Have A 95.
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post #4 of 13 Old 06-02-2008, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by mjkmarine1277 View Post
I was wondering if you ever finished the project, and how the fairing project came out?
Biker Scout fell off the face of the earth a while back, and did so owing a lot of KLR riders money.

He has/had a website with a lot of really cool items, and while I've never had a problem with him, he hasn't made any friends in a while. His website still accepts payment, but you won't hear anything from him, from what I've heard, and you won't see what you ordered, either..

It's really too bad..

His website is http://www.klrstuff.com/ and as you can see, you can't even contact him, but his site will accept your money and you'll never receive what you've paid for..

I wish Biker Scout (AKA Mr. Bill Decker) would come out of hiding and follow through with his plans. He had a ton of really cool items and he even wrote a book.. I have a few stickers from him and they're top quality.. I just wish he'd come back to the motorcycle world.
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post #5 of 13 Old 06-02-2008, 10:12 PM
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do you ever ride that thing?
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post #6 of 13 Old 06-11-2008, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Paper View Post
His website is http://www.klrstuff.com/ and as you can see, you can't even contact him, but his site will accept your money and you'll never receive what you've paid for..
Looks like the site doesn't take orders at all anymore. If you do a whois lookup of his domain name it provides contact info; I don't want to post it for privacy issues.

According to his last post he was having internet issues, though that was back in October.
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-03-2009, 04:55 AM
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Question ?????

Front tire is mounted back words... Any one know way that might be?
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post #8 of 13 Old 02-03-2009, 08:46 AM
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Some say it displaces water better, is better for wear, but from what we have discovered, most tires will have an arrow pointing in the direction of forward movement and the front tires usually get mounted that way in regards to the arrow of direction.

2008 DL650 VStrom Yellow and Black
Previous ride was a 2007 KLR Black/Silver, I miss it..
Looking to get back into KLR's sometime soon.

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post #9 of 13 Old 02-03-2009, 12:26 PM
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With all the dedicated MX bikes on the market I personally wouldn't do that to my KLR. I have complained profusely at times about things that I had to upgrade but the bottom line is, I like the way the bike looks. If I really want something that looks like a KTM or some other exotic I'll have to get off my ass and buy one.

Truth: the KLR meets and exceeds my needs so all is well.
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post #10 of 13 Old 03-15-2009, 01:39 AM
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I like how it looks. I always wondered what a KLR would look like without the front fairing. I'd like to see the rest of the plastic in place though. For looks only.

I'm very interested in seeing the super secret fairing project unfold!

Also very interested in knowing what tires those are and how they perform on gravel roads. They look like street tires to me but have a nice meaty tread. I ride highway and gravel and I'm looking for the perfect tire. Those things look awsome!
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