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Old 03-18-2013, 09:08 AM   #4111
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Kamikazi, at least get a klx needle and some 140 or 142.5 main jets.
What are the benefits of doing this?
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:14 AM   #4112
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What are the benefits of doing this?
Off idle response is much improved, removes midrange surging that many experience and properly jets the bike throughout the range whereas Kawi had to go very very lean with needle settings to pass EPA standards and tried to make up for it by going overly rich on main jet (145 GenII and 148 genI)
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:45 PM   #4113
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Hahahahaha I'm a she.
.. lol .. I stand corrected .. SHE has a good Farkle list going ..

.. very kewl ..
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:55 PM   #4114
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No ***t? Your magnet stayed in the case? Good thing you could easy it out... I know it wont float alot of your boats, but these are the "mods" I consider most essential, but I am a performance junkie...



Dont really have shots of my Ricor AIS shock, Intiminators, or progressive springs though....HA! To me the rest is fluff, but then again I don't tour my bike....
.. I wish I had the skill to port my carb correctly .. that would be awesome ..

.. completely agree on the suspension upgrades .. I went with a rebuilt USMC rear shock (for my size and the amount of crap I carry it was a great choice) and have yet to install the Ricors and the Progressives up front .. need to take a day or two off from work before Spring Fling in Nantahala and try to get the front end done ..

.. and yep .. a buncha creature-comforts makes the long-mile days much easier on the old frame .. mine, not the bikes .. lol ..
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:27 PM   #4115
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There are some supposedly reputable companies (I won't mention them in a post) out there charging for the expensive process of porting and turning out substandard workmanship. You really need to be careful and make sure they are familiar and skilled with the KLR head.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:19 AM   #4116
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???? On both accounts. For one, performance junkies love to transform anything they touch, the more the challenge the better. As far as your other comment, hahahahaha
Im serious, its a nice bike.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:24 AM   #4117
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Also, i agree, I traded my sportbike for the KLR so I wouldnt end up in jail and ever since it has been a gradual progression towards more power. If I was back in Cali where I could make a decent living I would also have a full exhaust and big bore kit. Of course in Cali they dont automatically write reckless driving tickets for 15 over or lane splitting. The last one cost me over a grand and three court appearances with a lawyer. Virgina is really uptight. Definitely not for lovers.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:39 AM   #4118
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Bluhduh Body Damage

Just took a weekend trip on dirt roads from Macon, GA to the Gulf Cost of FL. 600 miles round trip. Literally 30 feet from my garage I hit a perfectly placed cinder block hidden in tall grass. I dumped the bike and put a huge crack in the UPPER COWLING. Any word on if the newer cowling will fit an '09? I'm thinking of going with a new color just for kicks.

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Old 03-19-2013, 07:15 AM   #4119
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.. lol .. I stand corrected .. SHE has a good Farkle list going ..

.. very kewl ..
Didn't see that comin', eh?
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:10 AM   #4120
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Didn't see that comin', eh?

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Old 03-19-2013, 08:48 AM   #4121
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Just took a weekend trip on dirt roads from Macon, GA to the Gulf Cost of FL. 600 miles round trip. Literally 30 feet from my garage I hit a perfectly placed cinder block hidden in tall grass. I dumped the bike and put a huge crack in the UPPER COWLING. Any word on if the newer cowling will fit an '09? I'm thinking of going with a new color just for kicks.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater
When I sat on a 2013 recently I didn't notice any difference in the upper cowling from my '08... except for the bold new graphics.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:00 AM   #4122
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Also, i agree, I traded my sportbike for the KLR so I wouldnt end up in jail and ever since it has been a gradual progression towards more power. If I was back in Cali where I could make a decent living I would also have a full exhaust and big bore kit. Of course in Cali they dont automatically write reckless driving tickets for 15 over or lane splitting. The last one cost me over a grand and three court appearances with a lawyer. Virgina is really uptight. Definitely not for lovers.
On occasion I see a nice sport bike for sale and get ready to pony up the cash and start thinking about how I would end up with a ledger full of tickets and/or a serious case of asphalt rash, or worse. Reason wins out and I stick with the KLR. Maybe a cruiser or a big cc adventure....
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:37 AM   #4123
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08 Mods

I have a blue 08 KLR with the following mods:
-Zero Gravity Windshield
-Happy trails Fork Brace-first thing I did
-Custom Rear MOAB Shock from Cogent Dynamics with front fork springs and Race Tec Emulator-best thing I did
-Moose footpegs
-Melfo Explorer tires-awesome
-Cheap piece of crap Highway pegs from E-Bay-worst thing I did
-Sargent Saddle
-Assorted Wolfman bags.

As you can see, this is mostly about comfort as I am 6'5" and 285. The performance has always been fine for me. I ride mostly gravel and twisty country roads. The tires are amazing and wear like iron.
At 58, I just did two adventure rides and one road enduro. Crashed 3x, the last being the worst. I too cracked the upper faring and left a trail of monor parts like a taillight all over Southeastern Ohio. invented a few cuss words too. A replacement for just one upper faring is about $200, no aftermarket replacement or custom that I could find. I don't understand that . Epoxy put it back into a single piece, guess I will replace it when and if I ever sell it.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:57 AM   #4124
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I have a blue 08 KLR with the following mods:
-Zero Gravity Windshield
-Happy trails Fork Brace-first thing I did
-Custom Rear MOAB Shock from Cogent Dynamics with front fork springs and Race Tec Emulator-best thing I did
-Moose footpegs
-Melfo Explorer tires-awesome
-Cheap piece of crap Highway pegs from E-Bay-worst thing I did
-Sargent Saddle
-Assorted Wolfman bags.

As you can see, this is mostly about comfort as I am 6'5" and 285. The performance has always been fine for me. I ride mostly gravel and twisty country roads. The tires are amazing and wear like iron.
At 58, I just did two adventure rides and one road enduro. Crashed 3x, the last being the worst. I too cracked the upper faring and left a trail of monor parts like a taillight all over Southeastern Ohio. invented a few cuss words too. A replacement for just one upper faring is about $200, no aftermarket replacement or custom that I could find. I don't understand that . Epoxy put it back into a single piece, guess I will replace it when and if I ever sell it.
$200.00 for one of the side panels, or one of the cowl sides?
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:10 AM   #4125
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Hi everyone, I'm new to this thread so i'll just make a list of what I have and post pics soon! I have an '02.
Mods I have planned :

- Wheatwhacker or whatever the name is mod
- Make a plastic dash to mount GPS and other gadgets
- Finish my seat
- New 12V adapter
- New rear tire (any suggestions? I want a cheap 70/30 street)
- Cruise control
- Have side engine guards made similar to SW Motech ones
- Vapour dash

I think that's it. I'm preparing for a trip from Winnipeg, Manitoba to St. John's, Newfoundland. Basically 14000 km there and back. If you guys could look over my list and give me feedback that would be awsome!
Thanks.
Some suggestions for you:
Aluminum Dash
Powerlet Panel Kit
Throttle Boss
HT Engine Guards
Sargent Seat

See the pic below for the aluminum dash, powerlet and wheatwacker mod. I had cruise on my K12LT, but like the Throttle Boss much better. It's small enough so it doesn't get caught in my sleeve. I like the SW guards but have seen them get bent, the HT look pretty robust and have plenty of bars to hang stuff like the GoPro. The Sargent Seat is the best addition to my KLR, and they have a low version. Have a great trip!

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