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Old 08-16-2012, 09:33 AM   #3586
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Low beam is very dim on KLR even with new Silverstar bulb. Bright is good to go,atleast as good as stock KLR light can be.

I cant find anything that could be shorting it out,and both high and low are putting out similar voltage.

I am getting nervous about riding to work in the dark.

I have went through the wiring and cannot find anything that could be shorting out or any bad grounds.

Lights seems a little better after I eliminated some old wires that really went nowhere.

I am getting some dimming and a slight flickering on high beam still.

Could this maybe be a stator going bad? How do I check the stator to see if it is putting out what it should?
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:57 AM   #3587
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I have went through the wiring and cannot find anything that could be shorting out or any bad grounds.

Lights seems a little better after I eliminated some old wires that really went nowhere.

I am getting some dimming and a slight flickering on high beam still.

Could this maybe be a stator going bad? How do I check the stator to see if it is putting out what it should?
Stator? doubtful... I'd be looking at connectors but easiest way to find this type of problem is with a voltmeter doing a voltage drop test through the harness. It will take you longer to take the bike apart than to find the problem.
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:09 AM   #3588
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I have went through the wiring and cannot find anything that could be shorting out or any bad grounds.

I am getting some dimming and a slight flickering on high beam still.

Could this maybe be a stator going bad? How do I check the stator to see if it is putting out what it should?
What if the motor is off and the high beam is on? Steady and bright?

What if you hit the bars? Does it flicker then?

Maybe inside the switch itself is corroded?

"Lights seems a little better after I eliminated some old wires that really went nowhere."

What, exactly, did you remove?
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:59 AM   #3589
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Good deal? yes? http://decatur.craigslist.org/mcy/3195196246.html
And how would yall say the KLR is offroad compared to DRs and other competition?
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:05 PM   #3590
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I'm 45 I have a clean driving record and I live over 30miles from the nearest town. I do live in Alberta Canada. I pay $110 each for both the Goldwing and the Shadow but they want $220 for the KLR. I couldn't imagine a milder streetable bike so it just seems odd. But then my insurance company classifies a Versys as a touring bike and a V-strom as a sport bike. They just have no idea and they don't care.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:12 PM   #3591
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Good deal? yes? http://decatur.craigslist.org/mcy/3195196246.html
And how would yall say the KLR is offroad compared to DRs and other competition?
Hard to tell from the tiny cellphone pic. Looks like a bone stock bike except for the following:
1) IDS2 Exhaust as listed (this is loud as hell and will fall apart
2) Jet kit as listed (was the carb otherwise modified?)
3) touring windscreen

With no aftermarket skid plate and relatively street-oriented tires (plus the touring windscreen), it probably hasn't been offroad much. That's where things get beat up on a KLR.

If it were me, I'd try to negotiate a lower price. But then again, I'm a KLR owner, so that is to be expected.

Probably stock chain and sprockets, which are reaching the end of their life. Might be a negotiating tactic.
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:00 PM   #3592
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KBB retail, excellent condition $3,145 trade in, condition good $2,135. Find out what your bank would loan you to buy that bike. With retail, trade in and loan value prices you can make a good decision.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:47 AM   #3593
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And how would yall say the KLR is offroad compared to DRs and other competition?
Out of the competition the KLR is probably the least dirt worthy, but most road worthy. The DR is considered a true 50/50 bike and the Honda the most dirt capable.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:26 AM   #3594
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Good deal? yes? http://decatur.craigslist.org/mcy/3195196246.html
And how would yall say the KLR is offroad compared to DRs and other competition?
I have had KLR, DR and XR. Sold the DR. KLR is fat, heavy and most road worthy and I love it for what I use it for. XR SEEMS light after the KLR and is much, much more offroad worthy. Not a gnarly single track machine for any length of time but it'll get the job done and it puts a smile on my face every time I twist the throttle. Feels like a rocket ship after the KLR.
Figure out what you want to ride and buy the right tool for the job. If you can have two that's even better. For me the DR was somewhere in between and not as good at either. For me. Just my two cents.

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Old 08-17-2012, 08:41 AM   #3595
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Does anyone have the stock battery size available?

I might need to pick one up on the way home.

*edited* Nevermind, I found the battery thread. DEKA ordered, on the way.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:48 AM   #3596
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Does anyone have the stock battery size available?

I might need to pick one up on the way home.
There are better batteries out there now that are smaller and lighter.
You can actually shave close to ten pounds with the newer battery and even have small storage space for tools, wiring, etc...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=AZFIWAZS3O7ZG
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:07 AM   #3597
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There are better batteries out there now that are smaller and lighter.
You can actually shave close to ten pounds with the newer battery and even have small storage space for tools, wiring, etc...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=AZFIWAZS3O7ZG
Yeah, but that one is over twice as expensive. I dont want to lose my KLR "streetcred" :P
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:23 AM   #3598
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Yeah, but that one is over twice as expensive. I dont want to lose my KLR "streetcred" :P
In that case, head over to the junkyard.
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:25 PM   #3599
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:43 PM   #3600
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Front fork seal issue....

So I purchased an older klr (93) and one of the forks was leaking oil from the seals... no surprise for a bike its age, I preceded to replace the primary and dust seal on each leg. After a few other repairs I took it out on its maiden voyage trip to oregon and returned with oil leaking from one of the legs. I assumed I damaged the primary installing the new seal and replaced it again... Well after doing some riding in Wyoming it's leaking again! Damn, what's going on... Could the fork leg be damaged in such a way that isn't obvious to allow oil to get by the primary seal?
Thoughts/ suggestions?
I do have one more set of seals I could throw in but I would like to get some ideas what might be causing this before I dig into it again..

Some factors to consider:
1) I did find a tear on the side of the first new seal I installed and removed, I installed it dry (which I didnt do on the second, I oiled it up before installing it)
2) I carefully installed second new seal
3) what happens when a fork is overfilled?
I initially filled the fork with the proper amount in ounces and then had to put in more to achieve the 7"+ dinstance between oil level and top of upper fork with fork compressed....

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