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Old 05-27-2013, 12:49 PM   #4681
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. I wanna try a 16 or possibly a 17 just for kicks. I think when mountain riding is over this year I will give it a shot...

Everybody has to figure it out for themselves. There is some natural variation in power output among bikes. The more powerful examples will probably pull the taller gear more happily.

What I did on my last chain and sprocket change is switch to 16/45, just a tad taller than stock. (16/46 is almost identical to stock, but 46t sprockets are hard to come by, unless you are in Australia.) With this setup, a drop to 14t on the chainwheel gives nice low gearing for offroad.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:29 PM   #4682
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free petcock fix

I have been screwing around with the petcock for long enough that I finally said "That's it, this has been going on long enough!".
I have tested and adjusted and removed orings to no avail. This weekend I took the petcock out and removed the diaphram completely. I replaced the parts with a piece of gasket material, sealed up the hose and nipple and now she flows gas like she is supposed to.
While I was in there I cut the main fuel tube and added a bit of gas line to raise it 3/4" in the tank. I dont know how much extra fuel that adds to my reserve but all I needed was an extra 15 miles to feel comfortable. I think between that and removing the mouse nest from the airbox (I really should clean the filter more often), I have my extra reserve range.








Those make shift clamps were later removed when the assembly wouldnt fit into the tank. The hose isnt coming off without an act of violence. I did have to "clearance" the petcock opening some to get the extension in.

Also, dont try to use the gutted vacuum diaphram as a gasket. it will leak and if your like me, you will be late for work.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:15 PM   #4683
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I have been screwing around with the petcock for long enough that I finally said "That's it, this has been going on long enough!".
I have tested and adjusted and removed orings to no avail. This weekend I took the petcock out and removed the diaphram completely. I replaced the parts with a piece of gasket material, sealed up the hose and nipple and now she flows gas like she is supposed to.
While I was in there I cut the main fuel tube and added a bit of gas line to raise it 3/4" in the tank. I dont know how much extra fuel that adds to my reserve but all I needed was an extra 15 miles to feel comfortable. I think between that and removing the mouse nest from the airbox (I really should clean the filter more often), I have my extra reserve range.








Those make shift clamps were later removed when the assembly wouldnt fit into the tank. The hose isnt coming off without an act of violence. I did have to "clearance" the petcock opening some to get the extension in.

Also, dont try to use the gutted vacuum diaphram as a gasket. it will leak and if your like me, you will be late for work.
I just gutted mine and went with gas resistant gasket material,so far so good no leaks!
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:13 AM   #4684
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earlier in the week I installed the the gen 1 rad guard sent to me by John at JNS for testing here in south Florida on my 04....

man what a nice piece of work...



it is still in the raw...no powder coat. those little circles are not really there between the intersections of the grid...its an optical illusion that happens in person too.
installation was very simple. i removed my seat and tank because i have the happy trails rad guard on this bike....but i don't think you would have to if you don't have one. though i may be mistaken.
installing the guard took all of 5 min. fit was good as soon as i realized i needed to bend the little tab that held the old crappy mesh guard out of the way...then the JNS unit went right on and the holes lined up. the long hex head bolt is included with a flat washer..which i did not use on account of my other rad guard. also included was a small tube of red locktight.
it fits fine with my tubular rad guard and IMS tank. please ignore the foam insulation...it is there to seal the air gap with the IMS tank for a bit better cooling efficiency when the fan is on. also, i do not run with the IMS tank front mounts installed...i think they are unnecessary and slow down trailsdie repairs.



and here she is all buttoned back up....



i like the look of it...i think i like it in natural finish too.... it is very stout and should do a fantastic job of protecting the radiator from frontal impacts.

i did not get a chance to ride today. as soon as i can i will update with a ride report and let you know if there is any effect on cooling.
my 04 runs in spec even on the hottest days...so i should notice any negative impact on cooling.

update:
today i rode in traffic at 86F and 61% humidity. no increse in engine temp according to the stock guage...then upon my return home I left the bike to idle at 1400rpm until the fan cycled on and then for about 6 min more...the needle stayed steady just right of center well below the red.
i think i will be getting one of these for all my klr's
Very nice piece of work! I was looking for one last year when I put the new Myler Supercool Rad on my bike. I think I'll pick one up asap! Thanx for posting this up.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:02 AM   #4685
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Walking around my KLR last week I noticed some front tire damage on my KLR... Michelin T63 with less than 2K kms on it. But a lot of that mileage was on gravel logging roads that are known to shred tires. I had hoped to run this tire until the end of the year, but instead I ordered a replacement that should be here today.

I liked the T63 so far so I ordered a 2nd one. I'll see how long that one lasts.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:37 AM   #4686
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its a shame you had to replace a tire with so much tread left.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:26 PM   #4687
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Throw a KLX needle in the thing, clip on about the second notch and a 140 or 142 main, then go like hell!
I ordered the klx kit from eagle mike, I haven't seen the needle yet so was curious how many notches it has? 2nd notch from which end?
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:33 PM   #4688
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I ordered the klx kit from eagle mike, I haven't seen the needle yet so was curious how many notches it has? 2nd notch from which end?
eagle mike's kit comes with the clip already installed on the "2nd" notch. i believe it's 2nd from the end though. (the end that's away from the needle's point)
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:36 PM   #4689
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eagle mike's kit comes with the clip already installed on the "2nd" notch. i believe it's 2nd from the end though. (the end that's away from the needle's point)
Great thanks. I have a pile of work to do on my baby this weekend
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:27 AM   #4690
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i've done the .22 mod to my bike and it runs great with a modified factory exhaust and no toil filter. If i do the klx kit from eagle mikes and remove the snorkel will it be a problem that my slide is already drilled, or do you drill it when you do the klx needle also?
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:38 AM   #4691
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Drilling the slide is just a personal preference. No performance difference, just quicker throttle response. Works just fine with the KLX kit.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:16 AM   #4692
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Walking around my KLR last week I noticed some front tire damage on my KLR... Michelin T63 with less than 2K kms on it. But a lot of that mileage was on gravel logging roads that are known to shred tires. I had hoped to run this tire until the end of the year, but instead I ordered a replacement that should be here today.

I liked the T63 so far so I ordered a 2nd one. I'll see how long that one lasts.
It would help if you used a tire tube instead of stuffing the tire with marshmallows.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:39 AM   #4693
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It would help if you used a tire tube instead of stuffing the tire with marshmallows.

I think it is a great idea. Tasty snacks while changing a flat.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:53 AM   #4694
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its a shame you had to replace a tire with so much tread left.
Yup. I'm Bummed. But I'd rather damage stuff because I'm using it than have it be perfect and sitting in my driveway.

Hopefully the replacement lasts longer.

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It would help if you used a tire tube instead of stuffing the tire with marshmallows.


Turned out to be a hard sharp bit of plastic that was deep in the tire.



Oh well. New tire installed. I'd rather spend $100 now than thousands later including some hospital bills...
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:49 AM   #4695
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Nice looking ride man! The black & white works great. That top box is unique. You get thirsty much?
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