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Hi,

Searched and all that good stuff, found some good info but wanted to get ideas on my particular situation.

Bought this bike not too long ago. First bike and loving it so far.

2008 KLR 650. No mods done.

1. Noticed that the rear tire is scarily close to the muffler when the rear suspension is compressed (touching??).

2. Also the rear tire looks worn out, but didn't see any tire wear markers to tell. Wanted some advice from the pro's before I take it down to a tire store and get it replaced. They'll tell me to replace it even if it wasn't worn out no doubt...

Tire: Avon Gripster 130/80x17

I'd appreciate any words of wisdom from you pros!

I'd link to the photos but I need 15 posts??

Try this?

Photos are here:
https://www.evernote.com/shard/s239/sh/90443fe6-ad21-4c0d-ba9c-e1eb9bff42cd/8eb6f64fb6642faf8a36bf93035e56b4
 

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Hi,

Searched and all that good stuff, found some good info but wanted to get ideas on my particular situation.

Bought this bike not too long ago. First bike and loving it so far.

2008 KLR 650. No mods done.

1. Noticed that the rear tire is scarily close to the muffler when the rear suspension is compressed (touching??).

2. Also the rear tire looks worn out, but didn't see any tire wear markers to tell. Wanted some advice from the pro's before I take it down to a tire store and get it replaced. They'll tell me to replace it even if it wasn't worn out no doubt...

Tire: Avon Gripster 130/80x17

I'd appreciate any words of wisdom from you pros!

I'd link to the photos but I need 15 posts??

Try this?

Photos are here:
bit.ly/1qTdxGm
Not really sure how to get to your pics so I can't see the wear on your Gripster. I run Gripsters on my 08 as well, the rear actually rubbed my muffler when I installed the first one (under partial suspension compression). It also rubbed through my plastic chain guard at the front. I fixed the rubbing muffler problem by shimming my exhaust out at the last couple of mounts. I had to go quite a bit actually (used a nut sandwiched in between the frame and muffler mount and got some longer bolts). My first tire had melted on the side as well a bit before I noticed the smell of burning rubber and shimmed out the muffler.

If you want to pm me the pic of your tire I'll post it up in this thread for you.

Oh, and welcome to the forum! :)
 

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Thanks for the reply Stew. Try copying this link into your browser..

bit.ly/1qTdxGm

should work.
 

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Lol, thanks I just figured that one out and edited your first post with the link :).

Yup, my tire burning on the side was identical to yours! And that Gripster is definitely worn out, I replaced mine long before it was that smooth.

I should also mention that unless you replace the tire with another Gripster you wont have to shim the muffler out.
 

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Ok, great. Thanks for the help Stew. I'll see if the shop I get the tire mounted at will shim the exhaust out. Thinking about Shinko 244s. No where near as experienced as you guys with these bikes but learning! Slowly...lol.

Thanks again Stew. :doublethumb:
 

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Ok, great. Thanks for the help Stew. I'll see if the shop I get the tire mounted at will shim the exhaust out. Thinking about Shinko 244s. No where near as experienced as you guys with these bikes but learning! Slowly...lol.

Thanks again Stew. :doublethumb:
No problem, glad I could help :).

With the Shinko's you won't need to shim the muffler out, the Gripsters just have a funny profile to them. I think I'm going to try a set of the Shinko's next time as well, heard lots of good stuff about them! Plus, Avon Gripsters are pricey! Lol!

I grabbed a couple of pics from the garage for the heck of it. Here's a pic of a new Gripster mounted, I don't think I have 1000km's on it:

And here's a pic of that nut spacer sandwiched between the frame and muffler I was talking about (I had to put one on the other mount farther forward as well).
 

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Hmm..I think I might want to stay with tubeless though. Lots more reading up to do. Apparently you can run tires like the dunlop 606's tubed or tubless? I guess this is another conversation lol.

Google here we come.

Have a good day man.
 

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Hmm..I think I might want to stay with tubeless though. Lots more reading up to do. Apparently you can run tires like the dunlop 606's tubed or tubless? I guess this is another conversation lol.

Google here we come.

Have a good day man.
I can answer that one for you too! Lol! The tire just says tubeless, all KLR's run tubes in them due to the unsealed spoked wheels. So, you have to run tubes regardless of what the tire says. It is fine to run tubeless tires with tubes though.

Ride safe :bike:

Oops, klrophile beat me to that one, you do need to specially modify your rims to not use tubes.
 

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If you are anywhere near Loveland go see Bruce at Motoadventure. He is an excellent source of information. Bruce is not just an owner he is also a KLR rider.
 

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Shinko 244 and 705 are great tires.
 

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Sometimes the mounting tabs on the muffler and the frame get a little bent (like from a drop on the right side) and let the muffler swing in a little. Spacing the muffler out with nuts and washers solved the problem on my 2008 and 2011. I also made some little "L" bracket/tabs to fit under and outside the "L" bracket/tabs on the swingarm yoke that locate the front of the chain guard. This allowed the chain guard to sit out side the original brackets and gave 1/8" extra clearance between the guard and the tire to stop the tire from rubbing on the guard.

I don't know about the Shinko 244 5.1-17, but the Kenda k270 5.1-17 is very similar in appearance and sizing and it is what caused me to make the above modifications. I really like the Kenda k270 and have used 10 or 12 sets of them.
 

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I was having the same problem with my rear tire rubbing against the muffler. I got a 60 mm long bolt and added 7 washers with 8 mm center hole. I had tried just 3 washers with the original bolt but this wasn't enough.

I used M8 - 1.25 x 60mm bolt with hex head and 5/16" (M8) Flat washers. Hope this helps anyone with the same issue. I just bought a 2012 KLR used with about 7 K miles on it. Noticed the burning rubber smell and a friend pointed out the rubbing tire issue.

about to ride the TAT. Hope this fixes the problem.
 

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I was having the same problem with my rear tire rubbing against the muffler. I got a 60 mm long bolt and added 7 washers with 8 mm center hole. I had tried just 3 washers with the original bolt but this wasn't enough.

I used M8 - 1.25 x 60mm bolt with hex head and 5/16" (M8) Flat washers. Hope this helps anyone with the same issue. I just bought a 2012 KLR used with about 7 K miles on it. Noticed the burning rubber smell and a friend pointed out the rubbing tire issue.

about to ride the TAT. Hope this fixes the problem.
Should do the trick for you, I tried a few washers the first time as well, but it was still rubbing a little. That's why I ended up sandwiching the nuts in there. Didn't have the problem with other tires, the Gripsters just seemed exceptionally wide. I know my tabs were straight as well because the bike had never been dropped :).
 

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Should do the trick for you, I tried a few washers the first time as well, but it was still rubbing a little. That's why I ended up sandwiching the nuts in there. Didn't have the problem with other tires, the Gripsters just seemed exceptionally wide. I know my tabs were straight as well because the bike had never been dropped :).
I may get run off the site for this, but in a hurry to leave home to ride on the Trans-Canada Adventure Trail and not knowing how many times I might drop it on the right side, I used a sawzall to cut off the edges off the knobs on the right side of the new Kenda 270 I had just installed.
 

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Did you balance it afterward?
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Naw, I carefully cut the exact same amount off each knob so that the normally perfect balance of the Kenda 270 50/50 knobby was not affected. And then I headed for the TCAT by way of the Trans-Arkansas Trail (TART) fat dumb and happy.
 

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Should do the trick for you, I tried a few washers the first time as well, but it was still rubbing a little. That's why I ended up sandwiching the nuts in there. Didn't have the problem with other tires, the Gripsters just seemed exceptionally wide. I know my tabs were straight as well because the bike had never been dropped :).
I first noticed the problem with the Shinko that was on the bike when I bought it from the previous owner. Then when I replaced the Shinko with a D606 it was still rubbing. The first attempted fix was with 3 washers, but after adding 4 more for a total of 7, I think its good. We shall see.
 

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Naw, I carefully cut the exact same amount off each knob so that the normally perfect balance of the Kenda 270 50/50 knobby was not affected. And then I headed for the TCAT by way of the Trans-Arkansas Trail (TART) fat dumb and happy.
Good workmanship!
JJ
 
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