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Old 04-20-2013, 05:32 PM   #1
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I may need a Gen 1 KLR rear shock/spring in Mexico or Guatemala, any advise?

Hey Guys,
I may need a Gen 1 KLR rear shock/spring in Mexico or Guatemala, any advise?

I have a 2006 KLR 650, I weigh 200 lbs and have 50-55 lbs of gear in top case and side panniers. I started the trip (10 days ago) not being able to flat foot both feet and now I can easily flat foot. I am concerned that my rear shock is going to crap out or break half way through my trip and leave me stranded. I have the top adjustment at 5 and have not yet looked at the dampening adjustment.

Is there anything I adjust or modify or rig up? I am in Southern Mexico near the yucatan and getting close to the Guatemala border (5 days?).

Does anyone have any experience shipping parts quickly to Mexico or Guatemala? Thanks

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Old 04-20-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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My OEM shock made it to about 80,000 miles before blowing out in Suriname. I rode my KLR all the way up to Antigua, Guatemala before finally finding a replacement, which has been in there ever since. In various places along the way I could have waited a week for parts, but I was too restless.

FWIW, I outweigh you and was carrying a lot more gear for most of those miles. The upshot is that you're in a pretty good position (although you never know, right?). The Antigua mechanic suggested by CAtours (Google it) was fair and quick for me. There's also a new shop whose owner sometimes posts here.

Hope that's helpful.

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Old 04-20-2013, 06:33 PM   #3
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I highly doubt the shock would fail in any way that would prevent you from continuing your trip... it might not be operating optimally, but it won't strand you.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:57 PM   #4
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Thanks

Thanks for the quick reply guys. Glad to hear the shock won't leave me on the side of the road stranded.

I will google the catours mechanic. We plan on spending a few days I'm Guatemala.

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Old 04-21-2013, 02:22 AM   #5
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That's not actually true. Your shock might blow out rapidly and completely, as mine did. In that case you'd be able to limp along very slowly, but without any damping at all in the rear (and with a full load), you'd be unsafe and hideously uncomfortable.

Unlikely, yes: impossible, certainly not.

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Old 04-21-2013, 05:23 AM   #6
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How can I tell if I need a spring vs a shock?

The heigh "seems" to have gotten lower. But when I adjust the lower setting "dampening" it seems to control the rebound speed fine.

Has anyone had experience shipping something quickly via DHL to Mexico or Guatemala.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:30 AM   #7
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Here is the contact info for the Kawasaki dealer in Guatemala City, usually the have a lot of parts in stock

BLVD LIBERACION 1-87 Z-9
Guatemala, Guatemala
Teléfono: (502) 23860101
www.grupolostres.com

http://www.facebook.com/Kawasaki.Guatemala

Shipping from the US to Guatemala : It takes 36 h from my forwarder in Miami to Guatemala. PM me if you need that .
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:55 PM   #8
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Shipping to Central America?

topgunmotorcycles.com has kindly offered to sell me a spring and ship it to me via DHL. I need to provide a address and expect to pay duty fees.

The issues I have are;

1. how long does it take to get the part from the USA to Mexico or Central America?
2. Where should I send it? ( I am in the Yucatan, MX now, moving fast)
3. What duty/fees should I expect?
4. How can I be sure I need a spring and not a shock?

- Thanks for any tips,
I am traveling with three others who are on a schedule so I would hate to have them sit around waiting on a part stuck in customs....

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Old 04-22-2013, 09:12 PM   #9
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Blake, I tried to answer your PM but appaerantly you are not enabled to receive PM.
Change your settings or send me your email address.
I can provide a shipping address here in Guatemala, duties are aprox. 25% of the invoiced value, courier service from US to Guatemala takes between 36 and 48 hours.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:37 AM   #10
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ok fixed the glitch on the PM messages
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:06 PM   #11
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My experience last year trying to get audio parts into Mexico is after 3 weeks we gave up. This is customs in Mexico and they are not fast. You may have a faster experience but it generally is not what we heard.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:20 PM   #12
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Thanks for the info, I also was told to try other countries. As mexico has a tough customs departement.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:23 PM   #13
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Blake, I tried to answer your PM but appaerantly you are not enabled to receive PM.
Change your settings or send me your email address.
I can provide a shipping address here in Guatemala, duties are aprox. 25% of the invoiced value, courier service from US to Guatemala takes between 36 and 48 hours.
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Julio,
What service do you use that takes 36 hours?

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Old 04-24-2013, 04:56 AM   #14
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Julio,
What service do you use that takes 36 hours?

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I have everything shipped to my warehouse in Miami and from there I work with a Guatemalan courier ; it has never been more than 36 hours until I have the package delivered to my house.
Like I said, if you are interested in, I can PM you the address etc.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:01 PM   #15
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I have everything shipped to my warehouse in Miami and from there I work with a Guatemalan courier ; it has never been more than 36 hours until I have the package delivered to my house.
Like I said, if you are interested in, I can PM you the address etc.
Almost every country in Latin America has these couriers/ freight forwarders in Miami. You just have to seek out the local that has the right connections like GuateRider

Pays to know someone in the know about these things.

I've used ones for Colombia and Venezuela and had excellent luck with both and you can avoid the customs bs
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