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Old 02-02-2009, 10:03 PM   #1
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My KLR mods

I'm starting this thread as my KLR pictures took the spotlight from the KLR picture thread.

So here is a list of the mods since I bought the bike new in 05.
The bike was bought on sale in Redwood city Honda for $4500. It was my first KLR and knew nothing about them when I bought it. I had owned several bikes previous to this but, coming from Europe where the Africa Twin was all the rage, the KLR was never heard of.
A little research and a killer deal convinced me the KLR was for me.
The suspension was the first to be changed.
Progressive all around.
Corbin flat seat.
IMS tank.
2 18" excel wheels with thicker spokes.
Pro taper bars.
Euro style switch with the push to cancel feature.
Oversize front brake rotor.
Happy Trails racks and boxes.
Fuses relocated.
Carb jetted and staintune pipe.

The fairing was the major problem as the wind was blowing straight into my face. Owning a KTM 950 and not having the same problem, I figured instead of attaching a guillotine to my bike, I'd cut the fairing and pull it forward. I then inserted some aluminum sheeting, bolted it all together and walla, the wind went over my head.

The extra space behind the clocks was a welcome bonus and many little gadgets have moved in there over the year.
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:06 PM   #2
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:08 PM   #3
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:15 PM   #4
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how did you mount that plexiglass? and also what kind of aluminum sheeting did you use?
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:16 PM   #5
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Not a KLR guy here but I have to say that is one SWEET bike! Nicely done sir.
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:33 PM   #6
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AHHHHH its that fuzzy bunny eating front tire again!!!!
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:34 PM   #7
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how did you mount that plexiglass? and also what kind of aluminum sheeting did you use?

The sheeting is light, not sure of the gauge but I put 2 layers on. One on the inside and the other you can see on the outside. Basically folded the aluminum and slid it over the gap I made in the fairing and bolted the lot together. I then ran 4 90deg tabs from the fairing bolts and bolted the pexiglass to them.
It's not pretty, nor was intended to be. Gets some looks though.
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:37 PM   #8
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i am really thinking about trying this. i might make a stop at home depot tomorrow and look at aluminum
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:35 AM   #9
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I'm thinking the beefed up front tire and rivets make the bike. Looks good.
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:47 AM   #10
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Hows that rear tire feel on the front?

Is that an MT21?
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Hows that rear tire feel on the front?

Is that an MT21?
Yep, MT21. Not as buzzy as the D606 it replaced. I took it to 100mph and it felt fine.
I will replace it with a TCK80 though when it wears out.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:32 AM   #12
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Front tire?

Wheatwhacker, I like the looks of the 18"front wheel. I have an 08 KLR and I already have the 18"rim to install on the front. I have some questions.

1st, Handling. Where do you ride and how does that 18" wheel handle? I mainly ride gravel roads and fire trails. So I'm not sure a smaller front wheel is what i want, but I would like to have a wider front tire.

2nd, What length spokes did you use to lace it up and where did you get them?

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Old 02-03-2009, 10:22 AM   #13
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What length spokes did you use to lace it up and where did you get them?

spoke length can vary with the make/model of rim used.

might want to go thru someplace like Buchanan Wheel that can take the info on your rim and hub and then provide the correct length spoke.
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:39 PM   #14
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Mods to raise KLR 650 Fairing

Hi all

I am planning to mold a modified KLR 650 fairing to accommodate a much larger dashboard.

I already have a spare fairing for the task.

I feel that increasing the rake of the top of the fairing by 1 1/2 inches at the rear edge will be enough, though I know some of you have gone to two inches at the rear edge.

Please let me know what is the best rake 1 1/2 inches or 2 inches.

I will be molding these in quality Fiber Glass and they will be more rigid than stock to support a larger windshield.

I am also going to fill the mesh at the bottom edge of the fairing so that additional lights can be fitted there.

I could also make Fiber Glass Dashboards to fit.......or would you prefer to make your own?

Please PM me and let me know your thoughts on this.

Thanks

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Old 03-24-2010, 04:07 PM   #15
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That is a gigantic front tire. I like the setup with the plexiglass, might have to steal that idea for my KLR.
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