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Old 12-28-2012, 06:42 AM   #3871
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Well, last night got expensive.


Been putting off ordering some stuff for a while, finally pulled the trigger on all of it. Didn't plan on buying everything at once, but oh well. It's only money.

HT nerf bar/skid plate combo.
HT nerf bags
Wolfman luggage set
16T front sproket
D606's front and rear.

I knew I was wanting the nerf bars with the bags on them. Been going back and forth on what saddlebags to get. The Wolfman seems good from what I've been reading, guess I'll find out for sure. My cheapo throwovers I have don't fit very well, so I needed something.

I might get the 606's studded for winter use. I've never ridden with studs, but I hear they actually work pretty good.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:47 AM   #3872
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Not exactly. The taillight bulb has two filaments. The actual taillight is 5W. Applying the brake lights the second 21W filament, for a total of 26W. These numbers are from the factory service manual.

So the only significant number here is the 5W, as I find I often release the brake and actually go somewhere.
Did I read a hint of sarcasm? lol. To be completely forthright I also upgraded the rear to an LED unit but did so for safety vs trying to save wattage...I did save a whole 2.1 watts on the running side and 4.2 watts on the brake side. Whoohoo!

btw...I've seen worthless OEM connectors suck up more power than saved by going to an LED rear light.
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:41 AM   #3873
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Anybody try the Saddleman Adventure Track seat for the KLR?
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:48 AM   #3874
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I made my own links too, how much did difference in length did you go?
That pair is 4.5" center to center. I think the stockers are a little less than 5.5" center to center. It's easily 1.5"-2" taller. Handles a bit nicer, soaks up the bumps, but of course, I had to adjust the headlight. I have a 34" inseam and I tiptoe it.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:18 AM   #3875
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Well, last night got expensive.


Been putting off ordering some stuff for a while, finally pulled the trigger on all of it. Didn't plan on buying everything at once, but oh well. It's only money.

HT nerf bar/skid plate combo.
HT nerf bags
Wolfman luggage set
16T front sproket
D606's front and rear.

I knew I was wanting the nerf bars with the bags on them. Been going back and forth on what saddlebags to get. The Wolfman seems good from what I've been reading, guess I'll find out for sure. My cheapo throwovers I have don't fit very well, so I needed something.

I might get the 606's studded for winter use. I've never ridden with studs, but I hear they actually work pretty good.
I have been very happy with the Wolfman luggage, watertight and durable. I have also gone to the 16 tooth front sprocket as the KLR is my daily commute machine and the 16 takes the revs down a bit on the open road.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:25 AM   #3876
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That pair is 4.5" center to center. I think the stockers are a little less than 5.5" center to center. It's easily 1.5"-2" taller. Handles a bit nicer, soaks up the bumps, but of course, I had to adjust the headlight. I have a 34" inseam and I tiptoe it.
I believe this is correct. Raising links that are 0.5" shorter raise the bike 1" and 1" shorter links raise the bike 2". At least that's the gist I got when shopping for them from Eagle Mike.

But, no I didn't buy any. All too often, I find my toes grasping for a dab when riding offroad. Figured my added clearance would be offset by added drops...
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:22 AM   #3877
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btw...I've seen worthless OEM connectors suck up more power than saved by going to an LED rear light.
Or how about a long run of thin wire to the brake light.

It starts off with an OK gauge of white going from the battery and fuse to the ignition switch. Then it changes to thinner wire going out to the left switches where it's not switched but simply connects to a different color to return to the center then back to the other fuse then forward again to the two brake switches then back to the light fixture.

There must be over 15 ft of thin wire for the brake light -- a guarantee of voltage drop even at just 2.5 amps.

When I was setting up a redundant LED brake/tail light, I was amazed at the low voltage on the brake circuit compared to the reasonable voltage on the taillight. I had cleaned and greased all the electrical connectors about 2 months before adding the LEDs. Remove the incandescent bulb and the voltage improves because the voltage drop in wire is proportional to the amperage.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:32 AM   #3878
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Same here, looks good.

I have a few questions for you, if you don't mind.

Which bedliner did you use? I use the Duplicolor and it looks okay in spots, but I had a HECK of a time getting it to adhere in places and it crinkled up like crazy. I am considering doing it all again.

Did you spray the frame, swingarm, forks,rims with the same bedliner? How is it holding up? I would like an all black bike, but I would think that the forks and rims would just get scratched up really quickly.

Which Pelican is that? 1450?

Thanks!
I used Rustoleum and Duplicolor to coat the bike, but I think I used more cans of Rustoleum. It came out really well and I did minimal prep work. I just lightly sanded, wiped it off and sprayed. It has now held up for 3 years while riding through the winters in Michigan. I never wash the bike, but I spray the salt off semi regularly in the winter. The frame, forks, and wheels I brushed on the coating and it still looks perfect. The bedliner is so thick that when brushed on the brush strokes don't even show up. All the places I brushed it on look like it was sprayed. When I spoon on new tires in the spring I will probably scrape some off the rims, but I can fix it in 5 minutes with a cheap brush and a little bedliner.

The pelican was a cheap ebay purchase about 6 years ago, and I think it is a 1500. A construction company was selling used orange pelican cases with holes cut in them for laptop fans for $10 a piece. I bought 3 of them and filled in the holes with plastic and epoxy and painted black. Doesn't look pretty or perfect, but it is on a KLR.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:36 AM   #3879
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I used Rustoleum and Duplicolor to coat the bike
Awesome, thanks for the info. I think I'll be redoing mine with the Rustoleum!
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:14 PM   #3880
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Not exactly. The taillight bulb has two filaments. The actual taillight is 5W. Applying the brake lights the second 21W filament, for a total of 26W. These numbers are from the factory service manual.

So the only significant number here is the 5W, as I find I often release the brake and actually go somewhere.
Yes. The stock incandescent bulb has two filaments. You are correct.
And they do burn some wattage.
But the LED tail/brake light uses the same bulbs for both purposes.
And even with the brake on, the LED burns less than the stock tail light alone.

And I prefer to stop and stay at red lights and be gawked at by all the people jealous of my KLR. It's a babe magnet.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:20 PM   #3881
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I believe this is correct. Raising links that are 0.5" shorter raise the bike 1" and 1" shorter links raise the bike 2". At least that's the gist I got when shopping for them from Eagle Mike.

But, no I didn't buy any. All too often, I find my toes grasping for a dab when riding offroad. Figured my added clearance would be offset by added drops...
I am running the raising links in conjunction with a Moab shock built to take advantage of the height increase. That and the progressive front springs, flat corbin saddle raise the seat height to 37". But the suspension really is completely different, better, than stock.
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:33 PM   #3882
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I have been very happy with the Wolfman luggage, watertight and durable. I have also gone to the 16 tooth front sprocket as the KLR is my daily commute machine and the 16 takes the revs down a bit on the open road.
Same as what I've been seeing, thanks. The nerf bars was kind of a guess, for every person that likes them another guy took them off. I'll find out for sure as soon as everything gets here

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Old 12-28-2012, 05:52 PM   #3883
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. . . the voltage improves because the voltage drop in wire is proportional to the amperage.
Or, as Mr. Ohm once said,
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:26 AM   #3884
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That pair is 4.5" center to center. I think the stockers are a little less than 5.5" center to center. It's easily 1.5"-2" taller. Handles a bit nicer, soaks up the bumps, but of course, I had to adjust the headlight. I have a 34" inseam and I tiptoe it.

Nice, I went 3/4" shorter on mine, seems to have changed the geometry enough that the stock shock is happier, I went from preload 5 to 1, and am still higher than stock. Makes a world of difference, even with the Stearns seat cover on it I as still flat footed, but at 6'5" I like it taller.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:58 AM   #3885
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Just installed the following this past week,

IMS 10 GAL tank
EBC big brake kit
Galfer ss line
Oxford heaterz grips
Eastern Beaver fuse block
Hardwired USB charging port for standard, micro and iPhone charging.
MSR folding shift lever
Tool tube
Waterproof iPhone holder


This is on top of my already installed SW rear rack plate, HT tenton side cans, HT highway pegs, skid plate, bark busters, doo, Thermo Bob, volt monitor, rear master guard, hid low beam, led flashimg brake light, led turn signals, led dash and indicator lights, and a few other things I am sure I am forgetting.

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