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Old 02-22-2013, 04:23 AM   #5251
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Nearly all tire manufactures post the recommended rim width for each of their tires. I have yet to see a 140 tire that was recommended for the stock OEM KLR rim (its too narrow). I run a 150 width rear but my rim is 4.25" wide.

Sounds like you need to do some research on that particular tire and what rim width its designed to fit or go back to the first shop and say thank you as they appeared to have given you good advice.

Nothing wrong with installing a tubeless tire on a tube rim. You can't install a tube tire on a tubeless rim.

All else fails.... read your owners manual (granted the GenII owners manual is full of errors so that was probably bad advice)
Are you running a 150 knobby or street tire ?
What about clearance issues like the chain guard,muffler, and the front of the swing arm?
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:15 AM   #5252
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I am buying a 2003 KLR for a friend from Belguim to ride for his 3 month vacation here in Western Canada.
He is 6'2" and the bike I found for him is lowered.....so I was wondering if there was a suggestion on where to buy the original links? I searched the flea market with no success. Are there shops you could suggest?
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:20 AM   #5253
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I am buying a 2003 KLR for a friend from Belguim to ride for his 3 month vacation here in Western Canada.
He is 6'2" and the bike I found for him is lowered.....so I was wondering if there was a suggestion on where to buy the original links? I searched the flea market with no success. Are there shops you could suggest?
Thanks
http://burkhartcycle.com/store/index...&products_id=5 $23.00

http://www.eaglemike.com/raising-lin...KLR650-7RL.htm $69.99
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:11 AM   #5254
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I haven't noticed an increase in sound as the engine heats. I do know the slight whine you mentioned, though. I did the doo in my '08 4 years ago and the engine sound was immediately more sewing machine and less rock crusher.
Wow! Yes, that is the exact sound mine is making. Thanks! Hopefully I can quit thinking i screwed something up. Now if spring would finally get here and it would stop snowing I could get out and ride!

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Old 02-22-2013, 07:23 AM   #5255
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:01 AM   #5256
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Are you running a 150 knobby or street tire ?
What about clearance issues like the chain guard,muffler, and the front of the swing arm?
Street biased. Currently running 705's. You can't run the stock OEM upper chain guide. For safety reasons you can mount the OEM lower guard but I went with a shark fin that bolts to the lower swingarm. With a set of Pirelli and bridgestone 150's I had zero clearance issues with OEM pipe and plastic under pan. With the 705's the tire barely touches both. No issue with touching on the front of the swing arm.

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Old 02-22-2013, 12:18 PM   #5257
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Wow! Yes, that is the exact sound mine is making. Thanks! Hopefully I can quit thinking i screwed something up. Now if spring would finally get here and it would stop snowing I could get out and ride!

thanks,

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I've got some experience with this issue, so heres my 2cents on the matter.
The "rock crusher" sound is more likely coming from a combination of a worn chain and the grease/dirt built up inside the counter sprocket cover.
The section of chain with the most stretch is just loose enough to drag on this dirt/grease build up inside the sprocket cover, producing the notorious, "rock crusher" sound when the KLR is in motion at lower speeds. Once cleaned out, the sound is reduced to a, "whirling sound" which disappears, when the chain is replaced.
For me, the whirling sound has been an audible alert of sorts to let me know the chain needs to be replaced
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:35 PM   #5258
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Well, after 13 years and 32,000 miles, something finally left me on a crippled KLR. Stuck in 1st gear.
Got home and pulled the clutch cover off and found the shifter tenshion blade spring broken and not holding the shift pawl against the star wheel. So, parts on order. ;-)
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:55 PM   #5259
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Well, after 13 years and 32,000 miles, something finally left me on a crippled KLR. Stuck in 1st gear.
Got home and pulled the clutch cover off and found the shifter tenshion blade spring broken and not holding the shift pawl against the star wheel. So, parts on order. ;-)
What parts do you need, might have something in a bin at an appropriate bin price
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:05 PM   #5260
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Ok guys I am looking to change the spring on my stock shock. I am planning on getting an eibach spring but I am not sure what weight to get. I weigh about 190 and I would like to be able to carry up to my wife, who weighs just a little less then I do, or enough camping gear to last a week. I have lowered my bike an inch and a half and that really changed to suspension dynamics on it. I figure a 400, 450, or 500 lbs spring should work. Just not sure which one will be best. Any input would be great! Oh and by the way it is a 2004 klr and my first ds bike. I have always owned cruiser bikes and never any dirt riding. This is a whole new world of biking for me and I am loving it!!!
Im 190# and run a 450# Eibach on my 07. Unloaded I run preload at 2 but loaded with gear run it at 5. if I were you i would start with a 500 or 550.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:22 PM   #5261
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Im 190# and run a 450# Eibach on my 07. Unloaded I run preload at 2 but loaded with gear run it at 5. if I were you i would start with a 500 or 550.
What do you run in the forks? I'm reading that you have to balance anything you do to the rear with something matching to the front...
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:56 PM   #5262
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I've got some experience with this issue, so heres my 2cents on the matter.
The "rock crusher" sound is more likely coming from a combination of a worn chain and the grease/dirt built up inside the counter sprocket cover.
The section of chain with the most stretch is just loose enough to drag on this dirt/grease build up inside the sprocket cover, producing the notorious, "rock crusher" sound when the KLR is in motion at lower speeds. Once cleaned out, the sound is reduced to a, "whirling sound" which disappears, when the chain is replaced.
For me, the whirling sound has been an audible alert of sorts to let me know the chain needs to be replaced
I have experienced that as well. So i purchased all new sprockets and chain. When i took of the CS cover to do the doo i noticed that there was 3 small pebbles lodged behind the sprocket/chain. :) Thought it was pretty funny cause i know the sound you are talking about and it would annoy the piss out of me. Still going to replace all sprockets but after removing those rocks it is all better.

i also suffer from freak paranoia after doing anything major mechanically. always over analyze every single little sound thinking i F'd it up!

I think in general though that the klr pre-doo sounded like a rock crusher (not in motion) now post doo it sure does sound like a souped up sewing machine. but it is so much smoother.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:56 PM   #5263
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Question Not a KLR owner yet.....

Wanting to get my first KLR when I return to the US. The bike in post #5256 I think has what appears to be an 18 or 19" tire up front. What's the reason for doing that? My first few ventures on the KLR when I get it will be mostly on road and I'm considering putting street tires on it for that. Does that change the handling much or ride switching to the smaller diameter tire? No problems investing in other rims but I'm looking for a reason why I would want to.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:03 PM   #5264
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Wanting to get my first KLR when I return to the US. The bike in post #5256 I think has what appears to be an 18 or 19" tire up front. What's the reason for doing that? My first few ventures on the KLR when I get it will be mostly on road and I'm considering putting street tires on it for that. Does that change the handling much or ride switching to the smaller diameter tire? No problems investing in other rims but I'm looking for a reason why I would want to.

That set-up appears to be 17/17.

To answer your question, a 19" front will split the difference between a 21" front (offroad biased) and 17" front (street biased). The 19" will give you better handling on the street, over the 21", and will perform better offroad than a 17".

Also, the 19/17 combo should give you better access to more 70/30 and 80/20 tire selections.


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Old 02-22-2013, 06:37 PM   #5265
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I am buying a 2003 KLR for a friend from Belguim to ride for his 3 month vacation here in Western Canada.
He is 6'2" and the bike I found for him is lowered.....so I was wondering if there was a suggestion on where to buy the original links? I searched the flea market with no success. Are there shops you could suggest?
Thanks
Just saw this in the flea market.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=865216

Not sure they will fit the 2003, but I'm sure someone here knows the answer.
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