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  1. HappyEater

    HappyEater ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I have a KLR 650 2014.5 and I am considering doing the following and wondered if other KLR owners have already done the mods - or would be able to offer advice one way or the other?
    1. Replace stock filter with a UNI filter
    2. Remove Air box Snorkel
    3. KLX needle kit install - and mixture adjust on the carb
    4. Install Lex Slip on Exhaust
    The bike came with a few nice mods such as Crash-Bars, Skid Plate, TKC 80s, Heated grips, raised screen.
    I have since added a 12v Port, Sat-Nav, Off road Foot Pegs, Extended Shift Lever, low profile drain plug.
    .....and I have the Doo-Hickey sitting in the garage to be done.

    Thanks

    John
  2. Don Jasper

    Don Jasper ODSC Executive

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    Ok here goes. Depends on what you want. If you want more power, then all the above mods will not get you much in terms of value for money. I understand the the forks and suspension issues has been addressed with your model so nothing much to do there.

    If you want to enjoy highway rides then a 16 tooth front sprocket will get rid of that vibration. I hated my brakes and braided brake lines made a huge difference and +1 on the lexx pipes. My wife calls my klr a lawn mower and i hope to earn some respect with the lexx pipes. Shame its on back order. been waiting 2 months. Since i finished my mods on the klr...I have not ridden any of my other bikes. Seems to be ever ready.. ever sure.

    Enjoy the ride.
  3. albatross

    albatross ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I did the 4 mods on your list. I'm not sure I noticed a difference in power but I regretted the Lexx Muffler. I found it too loud and the noise bothered me when riding.
  4. Don Jasper

    Don Jasper ODSC Executive

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    There goes my plans for a lexx Muffler..Out the window.
  5. toslow

    toslow Limited User

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    iv'e got a Q4 exhaust and it sounds great, not to load and still road comfort
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    whywhyzee ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Don. I'm curious to hear what bikes have taken a back seat to the KLR.
  7. Don Jasper

    Don Jasper ODSC Executive

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    Kawasaki Concours 1400, BMW F650GS (Canada) BMW 1110RT, 1150RT, R1120RT (England) Mainly rode street bikes in England b4 moving to Canada. Still have my bikes in the UK.

    I am trying to say that the klr seems to suit my daily needs when it comes to riding. I am aware its not the best for trails but yet again i rode it at the Bethany this year and only managed to burst my hand guard lol.

    My mentor to off road riding kept showing me pictures of the President Michel riding a klr at the craziest places. (If Michel can do it....Then the bike as able to do it)
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    taylorericjohn ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I think yhe best mod you can do to a klr for offroad use is tires, skid plate and rider mindset. There isn't much additional hp to squeeze out of them, but a rider with the right mind set can take one places that whales have no right being. Keep it moving and it will chug through a lot of crap. You just have to be brave and stupid enough to do it. I find they feel far more planted when you stand up on fast gravel sections. A fork brace is worth the money too. I ran a 13 tooth offroad and a 16 on the hwy.

    Great bike to jot give a s@#$t about and have fun doing it!

    Stay cool
    John
  9. HappyEater

    HappyEater ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Well after an trip to Twisted....
    I installed a EM Fork Brace, A set of proper Handguards, A UNI Filter.
    Also got the Bolt-Through Sub Frame Bolt and KLX Jet Kit - I haven't installed these yet.

    After much reading - I probably wont do the Snorkel removal....but the Lexx does sound nice (on you-tube) even if the gains are minimal!
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    if you change the exhaust you will need to up two sizes on the main jet one if you run the stock pipe. an aftermarket pipe like an fmf q4 or other quiet option will make a couple more horsepower on top but the real benefit is in the mid range from 3000 to 6000 rpm where you will see an improvement in power and response. on my klr i did the L mod to the top of the airbox to let it breathe and had no trouble crossing water within an inch of the seat.
  11. Don Jasper

    Don Jasper ODSC Executive

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    Must have missed you. I was there today to pick up EM fork brace. Just installed..
  12. HappyEater

    HappyEater ODSC-OFTR Member

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    The EM Fork Brace is a nice bit of kit - very well made. Even if it makes no difference it does look great.

    I have replaced the Filter with a UNI - installed the KLX needle - stock EM suggested settings.
    In the end I left the Air Box alone. I did do the drill through Sub-Frame Bolt kit though.

    I absolutely hate taking the tank off - actually to be accurate I hate trying to put it back on!
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    Remember one thing about loud exhaust ,its not ideal when out exploring ,i put a louder muffler on my drz ,only to go back to stock,quiet is good :(
  14. HappyEater

    HappyEater ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Yes a quiet muffler has advantages - but after listening to a nice Vance and Hines XCR on the Bluewater ride (which was excellent by the way!) my mind is set!