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Old 08-25-2006, 03:42 PM   #16
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You coulda bought a whole nuther bike for the price of those goodies! I mean Gadgets. I always wondered about the hydaulic clutch. Does it decrease the pull? Or just give a nicer feel? Or wasit the only thing left you didn't have?
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:24 PM   #17
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Danger, that bike looks awesome. Great freakin job, man....

My first mod? Well within a week after I bought the 06, I left it running in the VERY slightly downhill driveway. Went inside to find some gloves, came back out it is on the left side, scuff marks in pavement, where it had vibrated and finally toppled over. I was crushed, but except for a few scratches on the hand guard, a scuff on the grip and the clutch lever has a really nice bend in it with the ball broken off, perfect for 3 fingering, no damage to tank or anything else. LOL, I love it. I need to file it down smooth though. Oh yeah long lasting as well. I have since dropped it in the dirt, and the mod made sure it didn't get broken again. lol, thank goodness no damage to the KLR, my ankle hurt like hell though, lol.

Good luck and trip it up the way u want bro/sis.
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:45 PM   #18
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So far, the mods to my own bike are;

Relocating the license plate
rear subframe upgrade (www.ArrowheadMotorsports.com)
'T' or 'Y' mod to the carb vent line
adjusted pilot screw - huge difference!
160 main and 42 pilot - snorklectomy - reversed back to stock settings...still working on this one....
replaced almost every piece of hardware with high grade stainless Allen heads - and blue or red loctite! (www.ArrowheadMotorsports.com)
waterproofed as much of the wiring harness as I could - good thing too! (long story)
added 12V power harness & Battery Tender Jr. harness (will be a sealed batt soon)
inner fender flap to protect the rear shock from mud & debris
Magnetic Drain Plug
Doohickey - DONE! (www.ArrowheadMotorsports.com)
MSR ATV Midrise Handlebars (I like these a lot)
Doskocil rear box - like a Pelican 1500 - dovetailed easy mount system
rear 12" LED brakelight
Mobil 1 oil
MEFO's - AWESOME TIRES! (www.ArrowheadMotorsports.com)
Hella 3.5" aux lights - HIGH Beams! WOW!
Braided Front Brake Line - Orange! from the great folks at www.cyclebrakes.com
Fork Brace
Headlight guard
Front HP Engine Guard w/hiway pegs

So far, that's it. I think. There may be one or two more but...?

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Old 08-25-2006, 06:54 PM   #19
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When you put your new pipe on did you re-jet the carb? Has anyone for that fact? Does it make a big difference or can you do damage if you don't?
Yeah it has been rejetted. I had a good carb mechanic do his thing with it.
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Old 08-25-2006, 07:09 PM   #20
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KLR Mods

I have a 2005 KLR. I've ridden it 18,000 miles in the last year, so I'm most interested in how to make the KLR comfortable to ride over long distances -- my best mod has been the Corbin "flat" seat. It allows me to do 400+ mile days in comfort.

I also tried two other seats: the Corbin "dished" seat and a "gel" seat. I disliked both of them because the Corbin dished seat squished sensitive parts of my body and the gel seat was too soft after a few thousand miles.

I've been using the Corbin flat seat for more than 10k miles, and I love it.
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Old 08-25-2006, 08:46 PM   #21
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That is good to know. I just ordered my corbin flat from fred at arrowhead, and am drooling with anticipation. I was a little hesitant because i haven't sat on any of them, but its good to know that some else likes it,

AND TO BRING US BACK A DAY, WHAT EXACTLY GOES IN TO TURNING A KLR INTO A SUPERMOTARD?---- THAT IS PRETTY BAD ASS!

and to be clear, pictures of your bikes with the mods that you have been done would great. Let us all see your hard work!

have a great night
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Old 08-25-2006, 09:13 PM   #22
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I've got about 12000 on my KLR so far, 11000 with a corbin dished seat. gotta love that corbin on long rides. I need to do a bunch of stuff before my trip to moab next spring, but I have added the corbin, a set of driving lights, a 10" over wind screen, a tail trunk and rather than spend the outrageous money for an extended alum rear rack, I made one at work from 6061 3/16 alum. Very sturdy, you can use a ratchet strap to hold things down on that puppy ! Heres a couple pics.



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Old 08-26-2006, 07:43 AM   #23
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what made you choose a dished seat over a flat?
Did you wan the lower ride height or did you find it more comfortable?
Awesome rear rack though, do you have the dimensions?
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Old 08-26-2006, 09:29 AM   #24
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On my 06,

So far I've addad Dual Star radiator and pump gaurds, skid plate, fork brace(made a big diff. on dirt roads), Sean Ken folding mirrors, Dynajet kit, snorkel removed, 4-3/4" holes in top of airbox (it helped roll-on power quite a bit), doohickey and spring, Acerbis pro-ralley hand gaurds (probably could find something with better hand protection for less $ )

I put on a set of MEFO DOT knobbies, the rear seems to be pretty good, lots of bite in loose dirt, rocks and mud and is pretty good on pavement (noisy as hell).
The front is a different story, it was absolutely squirly on the pavement and I was afraid to lay it into corners, it had no positive feel. I wound up putting the stock Dunlop back on.

Center stand goes on today and proggresive fork springs next week.
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Old 08-26-2006, 09:39 AM   #25
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Hydraulic clutch

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I always wondered about the hydaulic clutch. Does it decrease the pull? Or just give a nicer feel? Or wasit the only thing left you didn't have?
It decreases the pull, and also decreases the effort at the lever, which is great on trails, when I'm always feathering the clutch.. You never need to adjust clutch travel. I love it. I wouldn't want to go back to a cable clutch, and I think it was about $200, which is pretty cheap (compared to anything like that for the GS!)
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Old 08-26-2006, 09:54 AM   #26
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That's the best part of the KLR, it's SO easy to make it what you want. I wouldn't be happy with a stock KLR for the riding I do, but I knew this before I bought it. While some may look at the money spent and say that's to much to put into a KLR, I think I have a bike that's still a good price after the mods and has actually exceeded my expectations in many ways.

My goal was to build a true 50/50 bike. I think I came close. While it's not the "perfect"adventure machine and isn't the best at anything, it amazes me that I can ride this thing comfortably forb 500 mi days and still explore competently in the dirt, sometimes really ugly off-road.

Here's my list of mods to achieve this goal.

Fork springs
Cartridge emulators
Fork Brace
Works Performance "ultra" shock
320 mm wave rotor
Stainless Brake line
HH brake pads
IMS footpegs
IMS shifter
DS brake bracket
Staintune exhaust
Opened air box an carb mods
T-vent mod
Twin air filter
Moose ATV High handlebars
Very custom seat (homemade, works great)
IMS plastic tank
HT tank/radiator gaurds and forward pegs
Big Cee headlight gaurd
Subframe bolt upgrade
Doohickey (of course)
Moto-sport rack an soft bag panniers
Big Cee liscense relocation (and jug bracket)
Bentspokes dash
Bentspokes fuse/ power distribution kit
Main fuse relocation/ conversion to blade type fuse
Manual fan relay switch
Datel voltmeter
Rear Brake master cylinder gaurd
Acerbis ralley pro handgaurds
Heated grips
Front Fender bag an Tank bag
Skid plate
Low profile/magnetic oil drain plug
Odyessy "super" battery conversion (the one you mount sideways)
42 LED light/brake bar above standard brake light
TKC 80s- the true 50/50 tires
Heavy duty tubes
GPS and RAM mount, with power wired to bike
Rim locks- front and rear

This isn't counting the stuff I've tried an taken off to be replaced with what I have currently. I'm sure I'm forgetting somthing, but I'll edit it in later.

BTW- the bike still isn't "done"
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Old 08-26-2006, 11:23 AM   #27
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I got the dished seat for 2 reasons, mainly I'm one of those that are elevationally challenged on a KLR, being only 5'8" And the comfort, I've put a lot of miles on it and I must say, it's all it claims to be as far as comfort goes. It would be even more comfortable with the highway peg/pump guard though. I went the route of lowering links, but didn't like how the bike felt, just seemed to handle funny, and yes I made the needed fork adjustments to match the links, didn't like it, so I put the corbin on and the lowering links off, which the links are for sale if anyone wants them.
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Old 08-26-2006, 04:56 PM   #28
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Hmmm, KLR mods, I know a few things about those...



Here's my list:

(Massive Snippages, highlight mine)

IMS 7g tank and Dual Star Rad and Pump Guards: Fit and finish of the IMS out of the box leaves something to be desired, but the thickness of the plastic trumps any aftermarket tank I've seen. It offers superior protection for the radiator when used in conjunction with the rad and pump guards and is lighter than the stocker and/or nerf bars. It also can be polished up, making it much more attractive. In terms of range, I'm getting 300 miles to reserve, and another 20-30 miles thereafter.

I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff... but whatever I've missed, I'm sure someone elese will cover.
Hi cmack & Gang,

Your bike looks great! I just scored an IMS tank from Fred. What magical potion did you use to polish yours? I'll list my mods in the near future when/as I remember them.

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Old 08-26-2006, 05:26 PM   #29
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Well, here's my list. What I can remember for now, anyway. The KLR makes a great platform for so many applications. I've thoroughly enjoyed personalizing mine.

Eagle Mfg. doo (Job #1)
Magnetic drain plug
Progressive fork springs
ProTaper ATV high-bend bars (foam-filled for vibe reduction)
ProGrip Gel grips
SS braided front brake line
DS rear brake master cylinder guard
Raised license plate
Radiator air-flow mod
William Stewart cleated footpegs
HT left-side switch kit
DIY upgraded headlight wiring harness (14ga/dual relay)
Silverstar headlight bulb
LED brake light
MEFO ME99 Explorer tires
Acerbis "KTM" front fender
Side luggage racks & soft bags
Kawi tank bag
Obligatory tool tube
Airbox "L" mod
Minor carb fuel-mix mods
PCV installation mod
Carb vent T-mod
UNI air filter
Hard-wired GPS with RAM mount
AGM sealed battery

IMHO, everything listed has been worth the expense/effort/head-scratchin' to me. Maybe not to anyone else.


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This isn't counting the stuff I've tried an taken off to be replaced with what I have currently.

BTW- the bike still isn't "done"
+1. More to come!
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Old 08-26-2006, 06:06 PM   #30
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anyone know if the rad guards will fit over the IMS tank ....
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