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Old 10-20-2009, 07:52 AM   #1
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Question klr 650 thermo bob ?

Thermo bob . was any one had any real world experince with that thing . I just found it and wanted to here if any one had used it or not . all the reviews on the web site where good . but no one is going to have bad reviews about there stuff on there web site . well it seem like a good thing if it really does what it says.
her is an klr world review if any one is interested.

http://www.klrworld.com/index.php?op...d=193&Itemid=1
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:11 AM   #2
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Put one on my 2009. Temperature use to spike to the top of gauge. Now stays pretty much at the mid point of gauge. Also warms up much quicker!
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:13 AM   #3
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I put one on my 08 and it worked great. Exactly as advertised. Ran warmer with less temperature fluctuation. Not much else to say. Great product.
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:24 AM   #4
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I have one. Took my time mounting it to ensure nothing was going to rub or melt on anything. It was easy. Have around 10,000 miles on it on my 08(over 13,500mi all together). Never had a single hiccup from it. Works flawlessly. My engine warms up... then stays warm and constant even if riding down the freeway @ 70mph in 25 deg. F weather the temp will not budge. Sitting in traffic with 105 deg heat down here in Mobile, AL... my bike takes a good bit longer to get hot enough for the fan to kick on... then it seems to cool down quicker. Seems to enable the bike to make better use of it's anti-freeze. Always stays the constant temp. except when sitting @ a light in that heat for 5+ minutes. Since the lower portion of the engine get's warm now my oil seems to get warm a lot sooner on a winter day. Should be a good thing for much more longevity.
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:54 AM   #5
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For the '07 - '87 it is a solution without a problem.
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:38 AM   #6
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For the '07 - '87 it is a solution without a problem.
I know the KLR has been around a long time but 1907-1987?
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:58 AM   #7
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I know the KLR has been around a long time but 1907-1987?



Back on topic. I have one, it really helps the bike warm up faster if riding in the cold. needed? not for most. But it definitely helps if you ride in the cold.
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:03 PM   #8
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Fishyhead... I think he means he has an 07, but its really an 87 as nothing has changed in that beast except color since then...
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:27 PM   #9
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The KLR is the best buy out there, as for the thermo bob all 08's and up should have one.
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:32 PM   #10
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For the '07 - '87 it is a solution without a problem.
Thanks for the wisdom, smartass. Kinda like parkas and snowshovels, huh? Who needs em (in Texas)?

It should've been there from the factory. A chunk of cardboard in the rad screen will work, but you have to adjust it all the time. The Tbob makes it warm up and run as though it was summer.

I've got Tbob #0001, BTW!
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:15 PM   #11
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Fishyhead... I think he means he has an 07, but its really an 87 as nothing has changed in that beast except color since then...
I know. I was making a
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:08 PM   #12
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Thanks for the wisdom, smartass. Kinda like parkas and snowshovels, huh? Who needs em (in Texas)?

It should've been there from the factory. A chunk of cardboard in the rad screen will work, but you have to adjust it all the time. The Tbob makes it warm up and run as though it was summer.

I've got Tbob #0001, BTW!
Unlike your KLR mine has been from the artic to the tropics.
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:31 PM   #13
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What the important thing about the thermo bob is that it sets the water system up like a car. Let's the water flow around internally letting the entire engine block be one temp instead of 190 deg up top and (just example) 90 deg on the bottom. This promotes even cylinder wear instead of the alternative gradual coning and warping of the cylinder wall. So even in hot weather climates not only is your bike going to be able to maintain a proper temp. but an even temp. and your bike will thank you in the long run. I think the thermo bob is good for your bike no matter where you live.

Heck on the stock system... my bike's engine could not even get warm on the hwy down here on the Gulf coast during those hot summer nights. Now it is the same temp be it summer in the south or winter in the mountains.

I like the thought of my bike being good for 150,000+ miles without loosing major engine compression/power And without becoming a major oil consumer. Worth every penny to me.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:03 PM   #14
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Unlike your KLR mine has been from the artic to the tropics.
100% correct...and 100% irrelevant. The Tbob is for cold.

I live in Alaska and ride year round. You want to explain to me how a stock bike runs well when it's cold enough out that the gauge never moves? I mean, you were in the arctic and all...
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:04 PM   #15
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I have one on my KLR600. It takes a bit of creativity to make it work, but it does. It keeps the temps pretty steady. The 600 is a dual radiator set up.

I didn't have much expirience with the stock set up, it came from the PO without a t-stat.

I think it's a good investment, even in old junkers
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