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Old 05-14-2008, 06:17 PM   #1
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KLR rear wheel replacement options.....

I have an 07 KLR650 and I would like to get another rear wheel to keep a fresh knobbie on and then I can use my current wheel for a 50/50 tire. I just ckecked fleabay and they wanted 400+. I am hoping that some of you out there have found a good alternative to this perhaps even in an 18" rim from another bike. My Kenda trakmaster has lasted only 750 miles, of which only 150 of that was off road. I hate to change tires monthly. Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-14-2008, 06:49 PM   #2
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tires

I just put Metzler Tourence tires on my 08..great on the road and good on gravel..all around tire..most of my riding is on pavemnent or gravel..one set does it all almost..purchased at Ron Ayers on line..great prices.....
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:05 PM   #3
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I just put Metzler Tourence tires on my 08..great on the road and good on gravel..all around tire..most of my riding is on pavemnent or gravel..one set does it all almost..purchased at Ron Ayers on line..great prices.....
I do 70/30 dirt being the 30. But I do enjoy riding in DS events with the pig and I want fresh knobbies for that. I just put the trak master on about a 3-4 weeks ago and it is trashed. I got one DS event out of it and am looking at another one this weekend.
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:29 PM   #4
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will a klr 250 wheel work, is it the same size axle?
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:30 PM   #5
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:08 PM   #6
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will a klr 250 wheel work, is it the same size axle?
not sure, but try going to www.Kawasaki.com look for owner info and parts diagrams to compare the two.
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:54 PM   #7
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You can get an 18" Excel rim with spokes and nipples for a KLR from Wheel Works. COmpared to the stock spokes the Wheel Works spokes are heavy duty. I've been running an 18" rear on my KLR is '97 and think it improves the bikes handling by reducing the rake perhaps half a degree. When pushing hard in the twisties the handling feels a bit more nuetral
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Old 05-15-2008, 11:18 PM   #8
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enduro 3 shara's best 50/50 out there
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Old 05-16-2008, 01:01 AM   #9
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will a klr 250 wheel work, is it the same size axle?

KLR 250 and KL 600 have drum brakes in back... so no, it won't work on the 650.

there was a thread here about converting EX500s to dual sports, and i THINK they had a KLR 650 wheel on one of the project bikes at one point.. i think that swaps over, but i'm not sure if the rear rotor waas the same.
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:38 AM   #10
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There's tons of threads with 50/50 tire suggestions.

If what you want is actually another wheel, your two options besides buying a wheel off fleabay are buying a hub, from fleabay or a bike wrecker, and getting it relaced to an Excel or other rim (I don't believe they can provide a hub, and Ron Ayers etc will cost you more than a whole used wheel) or buy an entire parts bike and keep the wheels, dump the rest. If it doesn't ruffle your feathers ethically to part out a running bike, a tired KLR is worth a lot more in parts than whole--you can a get a beat KLR for a little over a grand and, as you've seen, the wheels alone are worth near that. If you're up for the hassle of parting out a bike, you can make a profit there... if not, you can take the wheels and post up that you're giving away most of a KLR and someone will happily come get it from you. All the bikes I've seen with non-stock wheels have still been laced to stock hubs, with the exception of folks who have done something radical like swapping forks.

Probably half the KLR owners out there have dreamt of having two sets of rims so they can run mean knobbies and a 50/50 or 80/20 tire without changing rubber all the time.

KL600 wheels won't work... though KLR600 rear axles allegedly fit, and are hollow

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Old 05-16-2008, 01:34 PM   #11
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How long have you been looking on ebay? If you can wait you should be able find one for under $300. I paid $230 shipped. good luck
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Old 05-16-2008, 03:08 PM   #12
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...buy an entire parts bike and keep the wheels, dump the rest. If it doesn't ruffle your feathers ethically to part out a running bike
or just buy a used, running or close to running KLR and set one up for dirt, one for street.

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KL600 wheels won't work... though KLR600 rear axles allegedly fit, and are hollow
KL600 REAR wheels won't work, KL600 or KLR6550 FRONT wheels will.


as a final option... somewhere i read that either Woody's Wheels or Buchanan (or possibly someone else) was going to try and bring BILLET hubs to market. that would be really cool, depending on the price, especially for those who want custom wheels with Excel rims and stainless spokes.

however, i forget where i read that... but it was here and even tho i've searched i can't find the thread.
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Old 05-16-2008, 03:57 PM   #13
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or just buy a used, running or close to running KLR and set one up for dirt, one for street.
I did exactly that, and wound up riding the one with D606's all the time.
Sold the one with Gripsters.
KLR's aren't the best street bike.

To quote a friend of mine, "Anyone that thinks a single piston is enough power has never rode something with four".

We were actually talking about KLR brakes, but the saying applies either way.

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