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Old 02-02-2013, 11:53 AM   #31
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having the tools and knowledge to use them are key

So true, so true........ unfortunately I'm a little lacking on both fronts




So the forks are on, now what? Well the Yam forks have 11.9" of travel, the rear shock only has 9.1. What to do? I suppose I could have shortened the travel of the forks but instead I gave the folks at Cogent a call to see what the options were. Turns out the longest they can go is an additional 8mm at the shaft (they can go longer but that requires a remote reservoir which is $$$$$$) the 8mm equals about 1.5" of travel at the wheel. Not ideal but should get me in the ballpark and balance things out front to rear. I ordered one.











Starting to mock things up......















Hard to see here but I removed the side cover brackets (wont be using them) and lower passenger peg brackets just to remove some clutter and clean things up a bit.















Just a note about the folks at Cogent...... GREAT service! I was really impressed, spent about 20 minutes on the phone talking about what my goals were, usual terrain, how much luggage, etc. etc. They really seemed interested in what I was doing. It wasn't the usual "Rider weight without gear" and done. I highly recommend them.




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Old 02-02-2013, 05:01 PM   #32
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I gotta come see this in person... I am living in South Minneapolis off of Daimond Lake.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:06 PM   #33
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Thanks a lot.

Another KLR suspension mod thread. Just what I need!


Rick and Joyce (@ Cogent) are absolutely first rate I'm lucky enough to live just a couple hours from Rick and Joyce.

I'm setting aside funds to put a KX450F front end on mine. and a long travel shock from Rick...I've already sourced a machinist who is well versed with hotrods, mods, motorcycles, etc. Woot!


This has been bookmarked for future reference!!
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:47 AM   #34
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I'm setting aside funds to put a KX450F front end on mine.
Cool!

Don't forget to budget for heavier springs too.


Speaking of which.... when trying to determine what rate I needed I went to Racetech's site and entered my weight plus the additional weight of the KLR and 6 gallons of fuel. It recommended .57 kg springs. I searched and searched and couldn't find anything close out there. The F650 guys suggested that Cannon Motorsports/House of Horsepower could make a custom set.

I called them and they said that they could do a straight rate spring but it would be a "busy" ride over small bumps- especially washboard which I see a lot of. We decided to do a progressive rate spring .50 - .58 kg. While on the phone I let them talk me into re-valve too.

So my original plan of keeping it cheap went out the window I was just going to crank up the adjusters and maybe even try 7 weight oil but in the end I'm glad I had it done right ..... now I can cross "tune forks" off my list and just ride once the snow melts.




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Old 02-05-2013, 12:02 PM   #35
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I got the 89 motor back in, I'll run it while the 96 motor gets refreshed with the 685 kit and mild porting.(and possibly advanced EX cam? )















I thought about painting the fairing bright red to match the frame but eventually just went with white.....








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Old 02-05-2013, 09:37 PM   #36
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(and possibly advanced EX cam? )


DO IT!!!!!
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:47 PM   #37
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DO IT!!!!!

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I finally got to try the stock WR/YZ front brake on a friend's bike last month......










Conditions weren't exactly ideal but I could tell it would be lacking with another 200+ lbs to haul down. I went with the EBC 320mm ......










I'm sure it's going to be overkill in the dirt but I still commute on the bike where it should come in pretty handy.





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Old 02-07-2013, 02:32 PM   #38
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I heard about advancing the cam gear 1 tooth from Eagle Mike. he did dyno on it & says it works. good enough for me. haven't done it yet but I will when the snow melts enough to get to the bikes
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:40 AM   #39
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haven't done it yet but I will when the snow melts enough to get to the bikes

Excellent! Looking forward to your thoughts. Are you going to do any dyno time or just "seat of the pants" ? I'm not a member over at .net so any info would be appreciated.



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Old 02-11-2013, 10:15 AM   #40
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All right then ...... on to the dash





It started out as a humble store display ........



























It sits a little low but that should keep it well protected from the elements .......
















I've since replaced the brake line with one that tucks out of the way much better.

Main power on upper left switch, the lower one with LED is for the heated grips. Volt meter on lower right. Simple!

















Everybody seems to hook up the Vapor a little differently, I ended up pulling the spades out of the stock 9 pin connector and putting them in the TT 6 pin block. Sorta the opposite of what TT had in mind but it works for me.











Turn, high beam, and neutral indicators ready to go......




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Old 02-11-2013, 12:06 PM   #41
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A question for you guys-

Would a low voltage battery cause the turn signals to NOT flash?

Right now they come on but don't flash. I'm using these.....


http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...n-Signals.aspx


They're not LED so they should work without a resistor, correct? I've been using the battery for a lot of testing lately so I know it's below 12v ..... just wondering if the flasher needs full power to function?
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:16 PM   #42
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A question for you guys-

Would a low voltage battery cause the turn signals to NOT flash?
Yes. So can lots of other things... but a mechanical flasher requires a certain amount of current to work properly.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:41 PM   #43
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Flasher Voltage Requirement

Yup. Mechanical flashers need a certain amount of voltage before triggering. Check dis out:

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/...e-operate.html

Watching this build with great interest. Had an '89 KLR once. Kinda wish I'd kept it. Never wasted a single minute cleaning that bike in the 9 years I owned it.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:54 PM   #44
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Thanks for the replies guys....I'll put the battery on the charger when I get home


(kinda nice being able to troubleshoot stuff from my desk at work)




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Old 02-12-2013, 11:15 PM   #45
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Just put it in pork and you won't have to deal with it.
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