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post #1 of 77 Old 09-15-2011, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Blue Ridge KLR Tech Day 10-29-11

Its on!

October 29, 2011

Woodstock, Va.


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KLRista twohawks and family will host the first Blue Ridge KLR Tech Day at La Casa De twohawks, near Woodstock Va. They are providing a two bay man cave + an outdoor slab for tinkering and wrench twisting. Located on a chunk of George Washington National Forest, the twohawks homestead has room for tents and the ability to grill us some critter.

As with most things KLR, this will be an informal gathering. We don't have any grand scheme other than to get together, wrench a bit, ride a bit and break bread with each other. Mike [twohawks], and his wife, Holly, have a great home on a beautiful piece of the Shenandoah Valley, hugging the base of Little Mountain. Dual sport roads and trails for all skill levels, right at the end of their driveway.

We are doing this to help each other with general maintenance items, performance mods, and farkle installation. This thread is to ask questions, post up what you'd like to work on, ask about where to get parts, volunteering tools, advice, moral support and general BS. We'll add an "IN" list as the shyness KLRista's are known for wears off.

Maintenance things to consider:

Oil and Filter Change

Air Filter Cleaning

Mount New Tires

Tighten Wheel Spokes

Adjust Chain

Service Battery

Install New Chain and Sprockets

Swing Arm Maintenance*

Doohickey Replacement

Check and Adjust Valves**

Add to the list as you want....

Possible Performance Modifications:

22 Cent Mod

KLX Needle

Anything else, ask up and we can consider it!

Farkle Installation:

Crash Bars

Electrical Power Outlets

Skid Plates

Fork Braces......

If you can buy it and it can be fastened on, we'll try it!
* Keep in mind, this can be a stubborn procedure, and it's not uncommon for the swingarm bolt to need to be replaced. This may not be the best time or place for this procedure.

** Valve checks and adjustments should be done on an ambient temperature engine. You'll need to trailer in or be there the night before to allow the engine to cool down to air temperature.

We'll need to pool our resources and come up with lifts, torque wrenches and other specialty items to make this work. I think we can scour the area for what we need. Along with being colorful, KLrista's are a resourceful lot. We'll make it happen.


Tent space available on site or at Wolf Gap Campgrounds, a free National Forest Service site a few miles away.

Let the chatter begin.

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This sounds like an awesome deal, but I just noticed, I will tentatively be at Deal's Gap that weekend for the EOSB.

The only major things I need to do are fork springs and emulators while getting rid of the RICOR bits that seem to be very much worn out.
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post #3 of 77 Old 09-16-2011, 08:35 AM
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I'm In!

No stranger to wrenching but Would love to get my valves adj'd. by someone with experience and of course help so next time I can do it myself! Due (soon) @ 6000 mi's.
Looking forward to it.
Plan is to ride up Fri evening and camp out.(on site?)

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post #4 of 77 Old 09-17-2011, 04:43 AM
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...guess since it's at my place I should commit


Valve adjustment

.22 cent mod

possible rear tire change

possible pulling of rear shock




It's gonna be a fun time!
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Trust someone has a collection of shims for the valve adjustment - JIC.

Left side case gaskets for the doohickey replacement - and the flywheel holder and puller?

Right side cover gasket for those wanting to clean the debris from the filter screen? Bring oil.

Manuals for proper torque specs. Guddentite doesn't always apply.

A can of Kroil (or something similar) to help free up the pivot arm bolt for swing arm maint. This stuff is God in a can for working through corrosion on hardware that nature has whacked on.

Seal driver (makes it easier) for replacing the fork seals. Fork oil.

Beer - when things go wrong - OR - right at the end of the day to celebrate your successes..

Just trying to point out the obvious. Maintenance stuff being done away from home sometimes leaves you with that "Now what?" feeling.

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Trust someone has a collection of shims for the valve adjustment - JIC.

Left side case gaskets for the doohickey replacement - and the flywheel holder and puller?

Right side cover gasket for those wanting to clean the debris from the filter screen? Bring oil.

Manuals for proper torque specs. Guddentite doesn't always apply.

A can of Kroil (or something similar) to help free up the pivot arm bolt for swing arm maint. This stuff is God in a can for working through corrosion on hardware that nature has whacked on.

Seal driver (makes it easier) for replacing the fork seals. Fork oil.

Beer - when things go wrong - OR - right at the end of the day to celebrate your successes..

Just trying to point out the obvious. Maintenance stuff being done away from home sometimes leaves you with that "Now what?" feeling.

Welcome to the forum Guy! All good points to consider. Even better would be your presence and help. We're adding an incentive bonus......

There's a firing range on site. Among his varied talents, twohawks does Gun Smithy work, and has a range. We'll be taking a break from the wrenching, before the suds start flowing, to have a plink-fest for defensive carry weapons. Leave your scoped race rig competition Hog Leg at the house...this will be for your concealed carry weapons only. An opportunity to see what others carry and how, and some plinking at close range.

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Welcome to the forum Guy! All good points to consider. Even better would be your presence and help. We're adding an incentive bonus......

There's a firing range on site. Among his varied talents, twohawks does Gun Smithy work, and has a range. We'll be taking a break from the wrenching, before the suds start flowing, to have a plink-fest for defensive carry weapons. Leave your scoped race rig competition Hog Leg at the house...this will be for your concealed carry weapons only. An opportunity to see what others carry and how, and some plinking at close range.
Hellava bonus, for sure. I am looking at my schedule. All depends on my wife's schedule for prepping her parents house to put on the market. They put them in a nursing home this past summer and there is a lot of stuff that needs to be moved, and moved out - requiring my body, truck, and trailer.

FWIW - I have a bunch of shims, some of the aforementioned gaskets, and 'hickey tools. Also have the CC stuff and ammo for same for the plink-fest and the proper paperwork for the hardware. Question would be, which one.

As you may have read on ADV, my last full day of employ is the 23rd. I turned in my 2-week notice and will be a member of the retirement community after then.

But seriously, this looks like it will be fun and I'll keep you posted. Will need directions tho'. Following fallen parts, oil cans, and other misc. stuff that falls off our beloved steed has never been my strong suite.

Best!!
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Im a definate "maybe".
Im not sure what my schedule will be that weekend and it is a bit of a drive (ride) for me (nearly 2 hrs).
I do have options though. I really dont need any wrenching done but I wouldnt mind watching and helping so I can learn a few things, Ive also got a good assortment of tools.
I've got a 2 bike trailer if anyone up I-81 from Woodstock needs their bike trailered down, say something now, otherwise I may just ride the KLR down.
Ive also got a couple of CC guns I wouldnt mind shooting (if I can legally get them through the communist state of MD).
If I drive the truck down, finding a place to crash isnt a problem, Its got a cap on the back that is very comfortable.
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Conveniently I was just looking at buyin a tent so this could be a good first occasion to try it out. I have 3 ccw weapons I Carry that I can bring to shoot. I don't need any wrenching done but would love to meet people and help out. Put me down as a deffinate maybe!
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Is there a way I could get a exact address for plans to run map routes and talk to fiance thanks
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