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  1. Hello all, Has anyone had any experience with the Jardine RT-Four Slip-on Exhaust (MODEL # 12-3001-124-02 FULL SYSTEM WITH SPARK ARRESTOR and POLISHED CANISTER) for the KLR650, currently selling for $245.0 on eBay -by HYPERFORMANCE PARTS? I need to know if I will have to rejet my carb after installing one. Are they a good upgrade? Are they worth the price? Do they make a KLR sound good? Thanks much for your info, Joe
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    Klr 650 Mpg

    54 mpg on the highway with stock sprockets, 44 in town with all the stoplights. safe, Joe
  3. Hello all, Has anyone had any experience with the Staintune Slip-on Exhaust for the KLR650 that Sporttour.com is selling for $379.00? Are they a good upgrade?? Are they worth the price? Do they make a KLR sound good?? Are they Forest Service approved?? Thanks in advance for the info, Joe
  4. Just installed eaglemike's doohickey at 2776 miles on my newly "broken in" 06 KLR650. The OEM doohickey looked fine but when compared to Mike's CNC machined beauty it seemed thin, soft, weak, and it didn't have nearly as much adjustment capacity for the tensioner adjustment nut as the new unit. The two-piece welded unit didn't inspire much confidence either! It is important for "do it yourself" mechanics to understand what the doohickey does and how the "tensioner" system is designed to remove the "slop" from the balancer chain. The system is a "static" system by which the chain slop may be manually removed by loosening the adjustment nut (with the engine not running) - from outside the engine - which allows the spring to "pull" on the concentric shaft that the chain sprocket is attached to - in order to remove most or all of the accumulated chain slop caused by chain and sprocket wear. The system is not a "dynamic" system and doesn't do any "adjusting" with the engine running. When the adjustment nut is re-tightened to 71 inch pounds of torque - (if memory serves me right) the chain slop has been removed - if, and only if, the spring is not fully relaxed. If it is fully relaxed it is no longer functioning and can no longer remove the chain slop. The OEM spring in my 2006 bike appeared to have plenty of "pull" remaining and was not replaced. As the chain slop is periodically and manually removed however, it may reach it's fully relaxed position and will then need to be replaced! Update Note: As yet another "preventive" measure, my great friend and super motorcycle mechanic riding buddy - Dave - replaced the OEM spring (my odo showed 3880 miles) with the shorter of the two springs that comes with Mike's great doohickey replacement kit. He also replaced both the inner and outer case gaskets (well lubed with HondaBond gasket sealer)! The KLR now sounds much more quiet and runs very strong - and has nary a single drip. In my biased opinin, Mike's springs are better in all respects than the OEM spring that comes with the KLR 65's! I don't have a clue as to how many thousands of miles will be on the bike when the balancer chain needs to be replaced.
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    Klr 650 Mpg

    You should love riding a new KLR650 - especially with the high gas prices we now pay - but you should consider adding the performance mods I've listed below. I have also switched from using the "high test" 91 octane gas to the "mid range" 87 octane gas and my bike doesn't seem to know the difference! I'm getting 58 MPG now that my 2006's engine is broken in (3000 miles+) and since switching to 10W40 Golden Spectrol synthetic blend oil. The first tank I ran through the brand new engine got 53 MPG and - happily - the gas mileage ratio has steadily improved with each 500 miles on the odometer. Keep in mind that my bike has more pounds on it than most riders have, I weigh 210 lbs and I have a tail bag with tools, wet riding gear, etc,; that must weigh 30 lbs - so a naked bike with a skinny rider might get milage up in the 60 + MPG range. I was very pleased with the performance of the bike out the dealers door but am even happier now with the addition of these performance mods: a K&N air filter, a reusable, cleanable stainless-steel oil filter, a 16 tooth hardened sprocket up front, a DEKA AMT Gel Cell battery, and an X-Ring chain! Safe
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    Klx 650 Sprockets

    I did a "buy it now" on a set of new case-hardend sprockets and X-Ring chain (added one tooth to the drive sprocket) from a terrific seller on eBay. Great communications, great price, terrific service, and fast shipping! Couldn't be happier with the "kit"! Any sprocket set up you want can be had from Greg! Here is what old "dirtparts" (Greg Herpin) has to say about the "kit" which he sells for $87.99 plus $8.00 S&H via his eBay store: "This "buy it now" is for a complete RK Chain Kit for your KLR650. This kit includes the highest quality chain and sprockets available today. Kit Includes a RK 520 XSO X-ring chain for maximum durability and ultimate strength. X-ring technology insures the least amount of chain stretch and maximum oiling protection. Rk chains also offers a one year warranty against breaking and stretching, what other manufacture offers that?? Kit also includes both front and rear case hardened steel sprockets, so you can stop changing your sprockets like your underwear! This auction is for standard gearing, other gearing options available please email with needs. DON'T BE FOOLED BY OTHER AUCTIONS OFFERING NO NAME CHAIN AND SPROCKETS!!!!" Trust me, Greg ain't lying! It is a great kit for a great price. Here is Greg's email address! Greg Herpin <dirtparts@yahoo.com> He answered every one of my emails quickly and he knew what I needed before I did plus he takes PayPal credit cards which was a plus for me. safe man!
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    KLR 650 Mods... Jetting, Air Box, Exhaust

    I did a "buy it now" on a set of new case-hardend sprockets and X-Ring chain (added one tooth to the drive sprocket) from a terrific seller on eBay. Great communications, great price, terrific service, and fast shipping! Couldn't be happier with the "kit"! You might want to check out my "garage" for additional info. Here is what old "dirtparts" (Greg Herpin) has to say about the "kit" which he sells for $87.99 plus $8.00 S&H via his eBay store: "This "buy it now" is for a complete RK Chain Kit for your KLR650. This kit includes the highest quality chain and sprockets available today. Kit Includes a RK 520 XSO X-ring chain for maximum durability and ultimate strength. X-ring technology insures the least amount of chain stretch and maximum oiling protection. Rk chains also offers a one year warranty against breaking and stretching, what other manufacture offers that?? Kit also includes both front and rear case hardened steel sprockets, so you can stop changing your sprockets like your underwear! This auction is for standard gearing, other gearing options available please email with needs. DON'T BE FOOLED BY OTHER AUCTIONS OFFERING NO NAME CHAIN AND SPROCKETS!!!!" Trust me, Greg ain't lying! It is a great kit for a great price. Here is Greg's email address! Greg Herpin <dirtparts@yahoo.com> He answered every one of my emails quickly and he knew what I needed before I did plus he takes PayPal credit cards which was a plus for me. safe man!
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    KLR 250 tachometer

    Hi, Batteries are supposed to be changed out every 2-3 years, so yea, I would say that is "one" problem! BTW, I would suggest you install a DEKA AMT gell cell battery. They are built in PA, they last longer, they have much greater capacity, and they are a true no maintenance battery! I have already changed out the battery that came with my 06 KLR650 because I believe that Kawa puts the cheapest possible components into their machines - like tires, rotors, sprockets, chain, front fork springs, transmission fluid instead of fork oil, brake pads, batteries, etc.
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    KLR 650 sprockets

    I did a "buy it now" on a set of new case-hardend sprockets and X-Ring chain (added one tooth to the drive sprocket) from a terrific seller on eBay. Great communications, great price, terrific service, and fast shipping! Couldn't be happier with the "kit"! You might want to check out my "garage" for additional info. Here is what old "dirtparts" (Greg Herpin) has to say about the "kit" which he sells for $87.99 plus $8.00 S&H via his eBay store: "This "buy it now" is for a complete RK Chain Kit for your KLR650. This kit includes the highest quality chain and sprockets available today. Kit Includes a RK 520 XSO X-ring chain for maximum durability and ultimate strength. X-ring technology insures the least amount of chain stretch and maximum oiling protection. Rk chains also offers a one year warranty against breaking and stretching, what other manufacture offers that?? Kit also includes both front and rear case hardened steel sprockets, so you can stop changing your sprockets like your underwear! This auction is for standard gearing, other gearing options available please email with needs. DON'T BE FOOLED BY OTHER AUCTIONS OFFERING NO NAME CHAIN AND SPROCKETS!!!!" Trust me, Greg ain't lying! It is a great kit for a great price. Here is Greg's email address! He answered every one of my emails quickly and he knew what I needed before I did plus he takes PayPal credit cards which was a plus for me. Greg Herpin <dirtparts@yahoo.com> safe man!
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    New Fork Springs "Click"

    Glad to hear they found the problem and corrected it. My mechanic friend installed the Dual-Star progressive springs in my 06 KLR650 yesterday and I've had a chance to put 50 miles on bumpy pavement and have noticed no unusual noises coming from the forks! We used 400cc's of premium DelRay 15 weight fork oil to replace the 400cc's of cheap transmission fluid the Kawa factory sent the bike out into the world with ( )! I am very happy with how the front end handles now. The front end of my new 06 was soft and mushy and very "bouncy" before installing the new springs and fork oil - but now it is firmer, and the front wheel gets planted after a bump instead of "bouncing"! : man
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    New Fork Springs "Click"

    Just a thought! I saw a large bike last week that had "clicking" sounds comming from the front forks. The noise went away when my mechanic friend reinstalled the progressive springs correctly. They had been installed upside down by some previous owner!
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    Tie down damage suspension?

    Yep it does! At least on bigger bikes! The fork seals will probably not "blow out", but on several larger bikes I know of, they started leaking! Moral, don't leave them tied down any longer than required to transport!
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    KLR 650 Mods... Jetting, Air Box, Exhaust

    I exchanged the 15 tooth sprocket up front with a 16 and the higher gear ratio is just what I wanted on pavement. Now I'm turning 5Krpm at 80mph instead of turning nearly 6K and wishing I had another gear! If you go one tooth extra up front and two less in the back, you will have a very much higher gear ratio with much less "jump" in first gear. Good luck, Joe
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    thinking about getting a 06 klr650.. dealer wants 4995$

    Hello Rob, Thanks for your kind words and thanks for your service overseas to keep the barbarians on the other side of the pond." When you return, I will help you get the best price on a new KLR650 that if I can. I have found the owner and sales staff at Fremont Motorsports, in Florence, CO to be very customer oriented and they have given me several "old guy" discounts on the accessories I have bought from them. And, I have been told by several of their customers that they treat military personnel like they should be treated - very good!!! Good luck Sir and God Speed! Just remember that we all hope you will safely return from a very dangerous assignment. Safe Man Till you return, Joe
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    thinking about getting a 06 klr650.. dealer wants 4995$

    I have just broken in my new 06 and with a 16 tooth front sprocket it easily reaches 80mph when the tach says 5krpm and 85+mph at 5500rpm.
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