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Old 08-23-2013, 07:37 PM   #4906
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I've been busy wrenching on the sidewalk the past few weeks - scheduled to head to BC from Montreal tomorrow.

So of course right now the bike is completely apart while I sort out last-minute electrical farkles (question will follow in the next post!)

The KLRs state earlier this year:

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Black plastic = handguard fairings and Wheat Whacker mod:

(forks off for progressive springs and Eagle Mike fork brace/ Acerbis supermoto fender)


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Jesse luggage in Charcoal - KLR is in Cross-Canada mode - installing Denali LEDs now...


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Old 08-23-2013, 07:43 PM   #4907
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So what is the big deal with the wheat wacker mod? What is the benifit.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:48 PM   #4908
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OK, maybe you folks can give some suggestions about this LED install



Plan A:
I connected the wiring according the the dual intensity diagram,(power wire to low beam, 100% intensity wire to high beam) tapping in to the high and low beam KLR wires directly behind the headlight.

Result:
KLR Low beam = LEDs Low beam
KLR High beam = LEDs off

knocking on the control box caused LED flickering - not sure what to make of that





Plan B:
I attached the wires according to the Full intensity diagram (power wire and 100% intensity trigger wire to lo beam wire)

Result:
KLR Low beam = LED high beam
KLR High beam = LEDs off!



It ain't a show-stopper, I can run with high beam only/no LED or low beam + LED, but it's not ideal!

Suggestions?
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:51 PM   #4909
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So what is the big deal with the wheat wacker mod? What is the benifit.
Less wind on your torso and helmet - provided you are the right height and your riding position agrees with it.

For me it means less wind noise in the helmet and pressure on my chest. My comfortable cruising speed went up 10-15kmh
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:03 PM   #4910
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I wired my Duallys into my high beam lead. All 3 of my lights are powered by relays.

Basically 2 of these relays, one for high beam, one for low beam:



And instead of the switch, just use the factory high/low beam leads. Much more effective and provides full power to both the LED lamps and the halogen lamp.
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:45 AM   #4911
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So what is the big deal with the wheat wacker mod? What is the benifit.
For me it was more space behind the fairing, and I like the look. I'm not 100% happy with the change, and I'd suggest riding a bike with it done before you start cutting.
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:37 AM   #4912
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So what is the big deal with the wheat wacker mod? What is the benifit.
For those who ride long distances or spend a lot of time riding there are several issues that make for a more pleasant, comfortable ride with less fatigue;

1. Wind management or aerodynamic control. Sitting behind as smooth as possible flowing air reduces pressure on the upper body and head and reduces helmet buffeting. Sitting the the section of air before too many of the unstable air vorticies begin. By tilting the sceen forward, that throws the air stream off it higher. It takes time to get that sorted out to ones satisfaction.

2. Not discussed in this thread is ergonomics. Where, how far forward and at what height your hands and arms rest. Seat shape, foot rest positions.

Sit on something the size of a bar stool for upwards of 12 hours a day at x MPH and you will understand.

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Old 08-24-2013, 06:54 AM   #4913
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I wired my Duallys into my high beam lead. All 3 of my lights are powered by relays.

Basically 2 of these relays, one for high beam, one for low beam:



And instead of the switch, just use the factory high/low beam leads. Much more effective and provides full power to both the LED lamps and the halogen lamp.
Thanks for the diagram, I'll file it away for this winter

Solved the issue thanks to one of the KLR forums!
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You used the low beam light for the "switched 12v power"?
If so, that is your problem. You need to tap into the city lights 12v or tail/license plate light. The low beam shuts off when the high beem is selected.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:18 PM   #4914
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Got my LED gauge lights in today. Turns out the high beam is a regular 194 style bulb, not a #24 that I bought for it

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Old 08-26-2013, 09:43 PM   #4915
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Cogent suspension upgrades made a world of difference in the happiness quotient when riding my KLR. Excellent people to work with, fantastic service and quality product. Not cheap, but high quality. After you get it installed let us know what you think.
About a month ago I installed a Cogent Dynamics Moab shock on my '08 KLR. While at it I installed their fork springs, valving, and oil. All this was in preparation for the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (http://www.backcountrydiscoveryroutes.com/WABDR) which we ran last week. What a difference! It is a cliché to say it handled like a different bike, but it did. I felt way more confident with all the WABDR threw at me. I ran it last year with stock suspension and the difference was profound. Yes, it is expensive (20% of what I have into my bike), but damn do I like what it did. I also echo PacificPT's comment that they were great to work with. I really appreciate that there is quality suspension available for the humble KLR.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:34 AM   #4916
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For me it was more space behind the fairing, and I like the look. I'm not 100% happy with the change, and I'd suggest riding a bike with it done before you start cutting.
Yep; hard to go back. I don't like the look so I went with a taller recurve windscreen instead figuring if I didn't like it, I could remove a few bolts and be back to stock in 2 minutes.

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Old 09-27-2013, 05:01 AM   #4917
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Cogent suspension upgrades made a world of difference in the happiness quotient when riding my KLR. Excellent people to work with, fantastic service and quality product. Not cheap, but high quality. After you get it installed let us know what you think.
The folks at Cogent are building my KLR shock today! I'm also doing the total upgrade, rear shock, fork springs, DDC cartridge. I can hardly wait to feel the diff!
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:14 AM   #4918
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Put in some Progressive fork springs, removed the fork brace. I liked the way the bike cornered. Still wasn't happy with the grip from the rear. My bike came with a Wilbers shock. I removed it, pulled the spring off it which was something like a 350# spring, and I installed a spring off either my Buell or my GSXR. It was measured at 510#. Works really well. I don't have the rear tire slip after the shock collapses so much when I corner harder.
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:25 PM   #4919
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Put in some Progressive fork springs, removed the fork brace. I liked the way the bike cornered. Still wasn't happy with the grip from the rear. My bike came with a Wilbers shock. I removed it, pulled the spring off it which was something like a 350# spring, and I installed a spring off either my Buell or my GSXR. It was measured at 510#. Works really well. I don't have the rear tire slip after the shock collapses so much when I corner harder.
You want to sell that fork brace?
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Old 10-05-2013, 12:09 AM   #4920
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You want to sell that fork brace?
PM in coming to you!
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