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Old 05-03-2013, 09:17 AM   #4546
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I personally would not change chain/sprockets without changing them all. It is not uncommon to get 30-40K out of a set well taken care of. Changing any of the drive components singularly will ultimately cause premature failure of the "new" components. Change sprockets and chain as a set....... just sayin'
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+1.

OEM set was changed out at 18K miles as I was about to do a 4K ride and did not want any issues. Installed a 'Primary Drive' chain that the guru's on a KLR site were raving about. It was throwing O rings at 16K -so it got thrown out . Installed a D&D X ring. Now at 16K on it - looks good as new!

Chain life is very dependant upon road types, maintenance and starting off with a good one!
I just found two more.....

Primary Drive is bottom shelf IMO. Is that supposed to be "DiD X-ring"? DiD is top shelf.
I agree with your last sentence.
I am not the best chain scrubber out there, but I do lube it every 5-600 miles, and I run 35% dirt, gravel and mud. If I average 20k on the chains and 40k on the sprockets with 0 catastrophic failures, what is my batting average?
Oh, did I say I like to wheelie a lot too?
YMMV
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:46 PM   #4547
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My First Mod Post

Hi. Wanted to add to the sharing of the KLR mods:

First is fairing mod, with internal dash support:




Note the 12V outlet just to the right below dash plate:


Next, added Tusk bark busters and 3-inch LED's - 45-degree angle and
they look great:




Next, added Eagle Mike doo and tail rack! A must-have is the Happy Trails tailight LED upgrade (it may save a life - yours!!)


If you own a KLR and have not cut off the bottom plastic piece and moved
your license plate yet - trust me, you eventually will add to your list.


And last (for now) is the $10 "day case" for short trips - a marine battery case from Wally World repurposed and bolted down to rack.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:58 AM   #4548
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I like to do sprockets when I do my chain,I just feel everything is happier at freeway speed,not to say that many people get a couple of chains to sprocket ratio,The whole combo seems to last well enough to justify the expense when needed.ATF or Kerosene as a cleaner 90wt as lube.
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:01 AM   #4549
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Nice work KLRMonkey
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:14 PM   #4550
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Nice work KLRMonkey

Thanks - the list can grow so quick, think I need to slow down and save first!
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:27 PM   #4551
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That's why you bought a KLR,when its done you'll still be able to mod it,never done.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:30 PM   #4552
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New OEM cage at dealer retail is only $19.78. If you have any kind of decent relationship at all with your dealer parts guy, it will be less than that. I bought a UNI for mine, and kept the stock foam filter cleaned, oiled and in a sealed baggie for trail problems, and used it for the couple of days I usually took to clean and re-oil the UNI.

Have the truly classic Stealership around here and refuse to do business there so online I usually go for oem stuff.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:34 PM   #4553
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$10 in materials

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Old 05-05-2013, 09:51 PM   #4554
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$10 in materials
Very nice. If you decided to make and sell some more of those I'm sure there would be a few inmates (myself included) who would be interested!
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:15 PM   #4555
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$10 in materials
What type tubing bender do you use? Looks good. BBQ paint holds up well.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:18 AM   #4556
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This is the tubing bender I used, clamp it down in a vise and go to town
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:33 AM   #4557
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Are you able to access the air filter without removing the rack on that side? In my experience, KLR rack designers tend to overlook the need to frequently service the KLR's air filter when riding on dirt.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:44 AM   #4558
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No but it is only two 6mm bolts to get the rack off. I crash a lot in the woods so it is piece of mind to have them. I am going to start on the radiator guards this weekend.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:49 AM   #4559
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Using long spacers, I was able to extend the right-side rack out enough so that I am able to remove the panel covering the air filter without removing the rack. That has been a major convenience, given the KLR's propensity to suck dirt and dust from the rear-wheel area into the air box.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:53 PM   #4560
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Hey. Our trip was delayed so we decided to do a few mods.





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