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post #1 of 22 Old 09-09-2018, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Doing a little painting

Good evening all....
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post #2 of 22 Old 09-09-2018, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Doing a complete make over on a recent purchase. Going for our annual moab trip in October

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post #3 of 22 Old 09-10-2018, 08:07 AM
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Don't forget to show us the finished bike, looks really good so far.
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post #4 of 22 Old 09-10-2018, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, will do. I'm also water jetting an add-on instrument cluster
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post #5 of 22 Old 09-11-2018, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Not finished yet.... but getting there
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post #6 of 22 Old 09-11-2018, 06:53 PM
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Repainted my new-to-me 2003 but didn't have much creative-freedeom since DPO had already painted EVERYTHING TruckBedLiner Black (frame, radiator, lens... oversprays all over including completely TBL'd Plastic!).

I chose a more simple tank design as I'm only a hobby painter and don't really have a mastery of it. I have to say that I also dislike almost ALL of the OEM KLR tank jobs. Sure it's a funky tank, but I think Kawasaki did a HORRIBLE job painting up these bikes [save for the one with the White/Blue/Green (Tengai) and the 'Rally Sport' design(s) that had large 'KLR' letters on the tank]. I like the 'digital' camo with green stripe too. I don't know them all (all OEM year paint schemes) but the ones I've seen are not like 'other' bikes in the market. Kaw picked funky fonts and they often run them vertical on these KLRs... doesn't work for me.

In fact, I had to 'see' (read: envision) my KLR when I looked at it the first time. Then I had to go to eBay to 'budget' (missing pieces, upgrades, fixes). I could barely see past what the DPO did as well as OEM paint...

WAS...


IS...
coming soon!

I like how you pulled the paint design into the shroud from the tank. I wanted to do that, too (with my lettering), but couldn't as the fragile shrouds were already cracked and had broken attachment points as well as TBL on 'em (couldn't 'safely' bring it back down to plastic methought). I worked with what I had and am pretty happy with my result, which I'll post tomorrow (1st TestRide tomorrow since tear-down). It's pretty cool, but not as cool as your fancy-schmancy design. And looking forward to final product!
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post #7 of 22 Old 09-11-2018, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Be safe on your maiden voyage. I've had a few klr's now but this one I've decided to go shmancy on with the paint. It was clean ish.... factory black/ red. The previous owner lowered it and chopped the front fairing. I've since put it all back stock, short of...
K and N, jetting, needle, progressive front, rear on the way. Led's all around. And a custom dash for power and switches. Plus I modd'd the thermostat... to the shuggrin of others here

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post #8 of 22 Old 09-12-2018, 01:55 PM
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#1,
I like your paint job.



#2,
Many thermostats have an air bleed hole, which also carries a small amount of heated coolant towards the thermostat's wax motor (Thats the 'pill' which protrudes into the cavity). Many thermostats do not seal tight enough to need any bleed hole.

Too much leakage around the valve or too large of bleed hole in the valve will slow the overall warm-up time, by allowing too much coolant to be over-cooled by the radiator during this warmup period.

In a proper radiator by-pass system like the Thermo-Bob, the warmed coolant re-circulates back thru the warming engine to get warmer quicker, instead of slower. They will both eventually achieve the same operating temps, if using the same set point of thermostat and operated long enough.

In cooler climates the slower warmup time increases the likelyhood of 'milky oil syndrome' which can be Very Harmful to an engine. Take notice that the inventor of the Thermo-Bob is from the Phoenix AZ area!
Short hops around even a big city can be detrimental to engine oil and the engine it is in, due to Moisture Build-up, even in a relatively dry & warm climate.
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I've learned that a LARGE handful of these guys, while very opinionated, are HIGHLY INTELLIGENT (just in general) and ESPECIALLY so when it comes to ALL THINGS KLR!
REALLY!
They feel (very) strongly about things, and MADE me change some strategies on my '03. I wanted to fight 'em but the better part of 'schmart' talked me out of it.
The only thing I did against their will was to intercept the fan power with a switch so I could turn it on when I wanted (despite the fact the therm-switch works very well).
I think we're all still friends despite my rebellion, and I'm grateful for the course corrections they gave me.
They are usually very pleasant about it to... golden rule you know; they treat me like I treat them so this place works very well.
They hurt my feelings once, but I sucked it up when I realized they were RIGHT!
They were ALSO right when 'they' said I didn't need a Fan Switch...
BUT I DONE GOT ONE ANYWAY SO
NANNY NANNY BOO BOO... HA!

Make no mistake about it... when I post photos of the completed Bike,
they'll have something to say like 'hey man, why'd you do it THAT way?' and I'll feel stupid 'cause the way they'll tell me I shoulda done did it...
WILL BE MUCH BETTER 'N THE WAY I DID IT!

Obviously I'm being a little silly, but I gotta say for reals,
these guys saved me countless hours.

Here's a Teaser of finished Scooter... passed 'Re-Assembly' Maiden Voyage with flying colors...


EXCEPT FOR!!!
I guess I marred the Primary Drive Seal (CounterSprocket) on re-install and it's dripping a tiny-eensy-weensy-bitta earl...
DAMMIT!!!
Ordered new Kit and'll take the Bike apart again... when I can...

{{{ sigh }}}
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post #10 of 22 Old 09-12-2018, 08:16 PM
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That is kinda' cool havin' the KLR in flat letters on the fuel tank, KLRCraig!

Did you drive the transmission output shaft seal in too deep? Or did you not replace the o-ring which is Under the collar? The collar has 4 'scallops', which need to be against the bearing, to allow pressurized oil into the hollow transmission shaft!

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