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I've had my 03 KLR for three months now and love it. The only changes to it so far are front and rear Kenda K270 tires. The bike was low mileage when I bought it and the stockers were cracked. Now that the KLR & I have had a bonding period it is time to plan winter hop ups.

1. Pro-taper SE KX high bars. Less pull back and tough. Add a set of Acerbis brush guards and we are in business
2. Idle air adjustment
3. Doo the doo; maybe
4. Stiffer front springs & 15 wt fork oil
5. Aftermarket air filter
6. Fishing rod holder
7. Study feasability of welding bungs to the bottom of the gas tank for a crossover/equalizer tube. Full reserve would be a bonus!
8. Another set of tires for street only use. The KLR likes to corner.
9. Brighter headlight & LED taillight
10. Relocate license plate for off-road shenanigans.
11. Valve adjustment
12. Electrical accessory circuit 'cause I'm thinking about becoming a GPS owner. Geo-caching looks like a good enough reason to take a ride.
13. Still mixed about a pipe. I like stealth but I like more power too. More study required.
14. Replace the fuses with circuit breakers

Now I just need a small windfall to finance the mods. :roll:
 

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Hey Ham!,

How do you like those K270s. I have a new set leaning up in the corner just waiting for the last few miles to be eaked out of the stockers. Are the Kenda's holding up well? And how are they on the street/dirt?

Just curious.

Thanks,

DblTrblPapa
 

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Nice plan, Ham. The tires look like the big-ticket item. Everything else on your list is pretty reasonable, if not free. For me modifying and upgrading a KLR turned out to be more fun than I expected. It's way more fun than chroming up a cruiser and cheaper too!
 

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From the beginning I've thought long and hard about a welded in crossover bungs. The only thing I can see being a problem, is forgetting it's there when you to remove the tank. Also, it's an added leak point. Even if you were to successfully do this, consider what kind of bung you get carefully. It should be some kind of seal-lock that permits you to remove the crossover tube and not lose any fuel. Otherwise to do simple maintenance on your bike you'll have to run the tank completely dry or siphon out the fuel before disconnecting that line.
 

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DBLTRBLPAPA said:
Hey Ham!,

How do you like those K270s. I have a new set leaning up in the corner just waiting for the last few miles to be eaked out of the stockers. Are the Kenda's holding up well? And how are they on the street/dirt?

Just curious.

Thanks,

DblTrblPapa
I like them very well. I have 2000 miles on them and the wear has been decent. I ride fairly hard so the rear is at about 60%. Off road they handle sand, mud, hills, grass, gravel, whatever I throw at them. On the street there is some squirm from the side knobs when I lay it hard into a corner but it is very preditcable. They are a little squirrley in hard rain. My only complaint would be that they howl at cruising speed but that is minor. They will be my future choice for a 50/50 tire.
 

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From the beginning I've thought long and hard about a welded in crossover bungs. The only thing I can see being a problem, is forgetting it's there when you to remove the tank. Also, it's an added leak point. Even if you were to successfully do this, consider what kind of bung you get carefully. It should be some kind of seal-lock that permits you to remove the crossover tube and not lose any fuel. Otherwise to do simple maintenance on your bike you'll have to run the tank completely dry or siphon out the fuel before disconnecting that line.
I have some machined bungs left over from another cycle project that should do the trick. I am hoping that there will be clearance to use 90 degree petocks for maintenance shutoff purposes.
 

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theotherbigjoe said:
#13... it's more noise, then power... I'll be going back to stealth.
+1 Just went back to stealth myself. There is a minimal increase in power, but not worth it in my opinion.
I have also been contemplating welding a spigot to turn the exhaust down and away from the rear fender. That may be what I end up doing afterall.
 

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I'm sportin' K270's and i like 'em. They hook up well on dirt, float on sand, and i haven't hada pinchflat yet although i bottomed the rims on some rocks pretty hard. In the twisties, yeah, they squirm a bit but i found that to be the case only when pushing 'em hard. Fully loaded with camping gear the only did it as i got close to peg dragging. I wore out the sides of my boots which hit the ground before the pegs and it only started feeling lie i was at the edge of traction when i pushed it over hard enough to lift my foot off the peg when it hit the ground. If you hang off in corners you can get quite a lot of traction when railing twisties. For the extra few degrees i could get running a more street oriented tire , it's not worth it, the 270's let me get low enough.
 

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IndianaKLR said:
theotherbigjoe said:
#13... it's more noise, then power... I'll be going back to stealth.
+1 Just went back to stealth myself. There is a minimal increase in power, but not worth it in my opinion.
+2 or 3 on stealth. I on my third can. I just whent back to stock and love it. I have found no increase in power or performance that is worth all the noise.
 

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1) I added risers too.
2) almost a must
3)Do the doo, I was in doubt until I found my 10 month old bike with a broken do.
4)I did the progressive, if I had it to do over I would try thicker oil, and longer spacers before I spent the $$ for the springs.
5)I think aftermarket air filters are way over rated
6)I had mine where the CA stuff goes, tucked nicley away, with only the reel sticking out.
7)I can get almost 300 miles out of a tank, surely I can find gas in the last 100 miles.
8 )A lot of people don't like the stockers, but for my riding they work well, I do have a 270 mounted on a rear wheel I can swap if I am going to play in the dirt a lot.
9)Headlight wire harness upgrade is a big improvement, 80/100 watt bulb helps too, and I wish the tail lights weren't so costly.
10)My tag is bent up, I didn't relocate it quick enough.
11)normal maint.
12)upgrade the fuses while your at it. (headlight too)
13)I yhave holes in my stocker, and with 27,000 miles it is loud enough.
14)Blade type fuses are a lot cheaper than the circut breakers.

Just my thoughts.
 

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+1 on the fishing rod holder. Let us know what you come up with.

I did the airbox mod, carb adjustment and used a uni air filter. It took a week or so to get my Supertrap IDS2 so I ran it with the stock exhaust setup for a while. Much more low and mid power with that setup. I installed my IDS2 with 8 discs and lost a little on the low end, but gained a little on top. I like it with the 8 discs so I'm not going to tune it anymore. So if your not dead set on a new pipe you'll be just as happy with the stock setup.
 

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1 do the doo
2 adj the valves
those are most important (possibly save the motor)

3 adj pilot air screw
4 fork springs and oil
the rest as you find time
 
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