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Old 03-31-2013, 06:36 PM   #5701
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Had that issue a couple of times, installing guards, cables, etc. Everytime I just made sure that no burrs were causing drag, nothing too tight and binding then sprayed some Slick50 from the bar end and freed it up...
I can't find anything causing drag.
I removed the whole throttle assembly from the bar.
I have no bar ends or handguards. The throttle tub is still stock.
Just the bare tube is rough on the bar.
I was thinking of polishing the bar end with emery cloth, and scrubbing out the throttle tube with a 12 gauge brass bore brush on a drill, followed by a mop with rouge, then some sort of teflon grease. Slick 50 might work.
I'm mostly worried about the bar rusting then...

I'm wondering if the dealership heated the tube with a heat gun or something, to get the old grip off then slid on a new tight grip and shrunk the tube onto the bar...
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:11 PM   #5702
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I can't find anything causing drag.
I removed the whole throttle assembly from the bar.
I have no bar ends or handguards. The throttle tub is still stock.
Just the bare tube is rough on the bar.
I was thinking of polishing the bar end with emery cloth, and scrubbing out the throttle tube with a 12 gauge brass bore brush on a drill, followed by a mop with rouge, then some sort of teflon grease. Slick 50 might work.
I'm mostly worried about the bar rusting then...

I'm wondering if the dealership heated the tube with a heat gun or something, to get the old grip off then slid on a new tight grip and shrunk the tube onto the bar...
do you have heated grips... they will cause drag sometimes when warm
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:34 AM   #5703
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call me crazy but this is what I want my future 2011- 2012 klr to look like(roughly). No hideous front headlight fairing. No side panels on the tank. eliminate that hideous rear fender. Install a single HID 6 inch(or 8 inch) bajadesigns headlight. Install a vapor computer. Install an obnoxiously loud exhaust and matching jets of course, Uni air filter, Dunlop 606's, and crash guards for the engine and radiator. Sounds pretty bad ass to me. Can't wait till next week. I love how the 2011-2012 models have blacked out wheels and engine. It looks sooo sexy.

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Old 04-01-2013, 08:07 AM   #5704
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call me crazy but this is what I want my future 2011- 2012 klr to look like(roughly). No hideous front headlight fairing. No side panels on the tank. eliminate that hideous fender. Install a single HID 6 inch(or 8 inch) bajadesigns headlight. Install a vapor computer. Install an obnoxiously loud exhaust and matching jets of course, Uni air filter, Dunlop 606's, and crash guards for the engine and radiator. Sounds pretty bad ass to me. Can't wait till next week. I love how the 2011-2012 models have blacked out wheels and engine. It looks sooo sexy.
I understand your desires here but the KLR doesn't have the advantages of other bikes already meeting your expectations. Consider the new 650 Husky. It has those same looks with much more power and far better suspension, or the DR650 has those looks with far less weight. I think the advantages of the KLR are the pieces of fairing and headlight surrounds that make the KLR one great adventure bike for both road and trail. It is much like a single cyclinder KTM 990, without the superior suspension. Yes it is very limited off road compared to the others but it has such a great on road presence for an off road worthy bike. All those features that you would install still don't make it match up to the normal features on another bike more suited to the other end of the adventure spectrum. Even the XR650L is a fanitastic off road bike considering how good it is as a dualsport, but the KLR has its niche and one that is perfectly suited to its design, as limited as it is. Plus like all the Japanese dualsports, it is incredibly reliable. I don't understand your comment on the fender considering that you can buy an alternative fender for as little as $25.00 and bolt it up.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:11 AM   #5705
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I understand your desires here but the KLR doesn't have the advantages of other bikes already meeting your expectations. Consider the new 650 Husky. It has those same looks with much more power and far better suspension, or the DR650 has those looks with far less weight. I think the advantages of the KLR are the pieces of fairing and headlight surrounds that make the KLR one great adventure bike for both road and trail. It is much like a single cyclinder KTM 990, without the superior suspension. Yes it is very limited off road compared to the others but it has such a great on road presence for an off road worthy bike. All those features that you would install still don't make it match up to the normal features on another bike more suited to the other end of the adventure spectrum. Even the XR650L is a fanitastic off road bike considering how good it is as a dualsport, but the KLR has its niche and one that is perfectly suited to its design, as limited as it is. Plus like all the Japanese dualsports, it is incredibly reliable. I don't understand your comment on the fender considering that you can buy an alternative fender for as little as $25.00 and bolt it up.


I've owned both a dr and an xr. I had the privilege of riding a friends 2011 klr while it had Dunlop 606 tires on it. Last week I tore up the trails with it. Not to brag, but I am a highly skilled offroad rider. I could probably take a scooter offroad if it had knobbies on it lol. I took his Klr up steep climbs, and through very deep sand in the socal mountains. I thought it was just a bit cumbersome but handled everything without a hiccup. I also like the black powder coated wheels and engine(which the dr & xr lack). I also want a dual sport with better road manners and seat. I did a socal to georgia trip on my DR and a 900 mile georgia to ny trip on my xr. The rear fender is really hideous to me. Sorry bro just can't stomach it. I will definitely change the fender to an aftermarket. I think the klr will be a better fit. Plus its gonna look way cooler also like the fact that it is oil cooled

here is a pic of my XR before leaving GA to NY



here is a pic of my DR. Riding in the socal mountains.

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Old 04-01-2013, 09:16 AM   #5706
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ram1000, 2wheelgypsy is talking about the rear fender, not the front.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:28 AM   #5707
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ram1000, 2wheelgypsy is talking about the rear fender, not the front.
Yes the rear indeed. I love the front
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:21 PM   #5708
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Yes the rear indeed. I love the front
I didn't care for the rear either so I cut the pointed end off.

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Old 04-01-2013, 04:57 PM   #5709
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call me crazy but this is what I want my future 2011- 2012 klr to look like(roughly). No hideous front headlight fairing. No side panels on the tank. eliminate that hideous rear fender. Install a single HID 6 inch(or 8 inch) bajadesigns headlight. Install a vapor computer. Install an obnoxiously loud exhaust and matching jets of course, Uni air filter, Dunlop 606's, and crash guards for the engine and radiator. Sounds pretty bad ass to me. Can't wait till next week. I love how the 2011-2012 models have blacked out wheels and engine. It looks sooo sexy.
Ram1000 has a point when talking about stock bikes off the showroom floor. The XRL and DR (to a much more limited degree) are more capable off road. I got my 05 for a screaming deal so I had the money left over to make it the way I wanted, much like you envision. The looks are one thing, and cheap in comparison to the other needed mods like proper suspension (1st thing) and engine upgrades to let it compete (I did the 688, 1mm over valves, hot cams, ported head, and 44mm carb). I have a buddy with an XRL that is similarly skilled (he rode MX in his younger years and lots of enduros) and we are pretty well matched off road and I smoke him on the asphalt. Anyway, here is mine and I cant leave the house without stares and endless positive comments everytime I stop. I don't regret my mods or investment for one minute, I think it is AWESOME! So, do what you want to do and make the bike yours not some cookie cutter that is a dime a dozen...


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Old 04-01-2013, 04:58 PM   #5710
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2wheelgypsy, it wasn't until 2012 that they blacked out the wheels and engine.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:04 PM   #5711
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[QUOTE=SkiBumBrian;21085675]Ram1000 has a point when talking about stock bikes off the showroom floor. The XRL and DR (to a much more limited degree) are more capable off road. I got my 05 for a screaming deal so I had the money left over to make it the way I wanted, much like you envision. The looks are one thing, and cheap in comparison to the other needed mods like proper suspension (1st thing) and engine upgrades to let it compete (I did the 688, 1mm over valves, hot cams, ported head, and 44mm carb). I have a buddy with an XRL that is similarly skilled (he rode MX in his younger years and lots of enduros) and we are pretty well matched off road and I smoke him on the asphalt. Anyway, here is mine and I cant leave the house without stares and endless positive comments everytime I stop. I don't regret my mods or investment for one minute, I think it is AWESOME! So, do what you want to do and make the bike yours not some cookie cutter that is a dime a dozen...


A nice looking KLR. I did the works to my DR650 also:

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Old 04-01-2013, 05:10 PM   #5712
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:31 PM   #5713
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Hi!I've been watching this thread for a while knowing I need to do the "doo".
Bought an 04 last fall with 21K all stock except DG slip on.PO didn't know anything about it took it on a trade owned it for a month.Had a little ticking noise mostly when cold at idle.Now has 23K and I set the valves at 22K all was out of spec.Took it apart today and the doo was in one piece not like the spring.

I tried to fish out the broken part of the spring with no luck.I used a common/auto zone/flex magnet.My question is:1.Is that possible that the little piece of spring has been drained with the oil?/see pic below/
2.Is there a better flexible magnet for this job,mine seems a little bulky for this job.
3.Should I take the other side/clutch/ of and will that give me more room to fish.
4.Read about the oil strainer somewhere,could that piece end up at the strainer?

Any suggestion,idea or reccomendation appreciated.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:33 PM   #5714
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Pretty typical place for spring breakage on the gen1. I found mine in the strainer but it could have come out in an oil change too... Go ahead and clean out all the sealant crap out of the strainer anyway, you might find it there.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:24 PM   #5715
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grassroots, your absolutely right about the model years. Dudes those are some sexy ass bikes. Thats what I want my KLR to look like some what. I'm just a big fan of the black engine and wheels. Ram that Dr is off the chain. My DR treated me so well and was my first dualsport love. Those forks are the real deal As soon as I get my KLR i will post pics of my farkle porn lol. Can't wait.
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