Jardine Install

John Soliday johnsoliday at msn.com
Thu Apr 15 17:39:32 PDT 2010

Once again thanks Andy the system was in great shape for used!  Aftermarket
install is always a bit of "adjustment".  Had to loosen the header head nuts
(what was I thinking assuming I could just snug up the header and the rest
of the system would fit;-)  Added some Permatex high temperature sealant to
the mid-tube and muffler, also had to have the center stand up (guess it
would have been nice to have assembly instruction, no worries though).  Got
it all buttoned up and fired her up to cure the sealant and also bake the
VHT header paint.  It amazes me how these header companies understand how to
make the pipe's the right length the help quiet the system at low RPM's by
destructive exhaust pulses, thus a straight-through muffler.  Then when the
RPM's come up, the header length changes to constructive pulses and that
pipe snarls!!!  This is a great system and I'm sure it's a lot like the
Muzzy as it is a left side exit.  If you short shift the engine it's
absolutely tame under 4K, above that it's nasty.  Mental note, short shift
through Boulder ;-)


So I also went down to Rocky Mountain Kawa to get (4) 100 main jets per
Dynojet instructions.  What a deal, they were $3.23 a piece, cheaper than
any online source!!!!  Maybe taking a six pack of Coors to the main mechanic
for a previous KLR fix got me a deal, who knows.  Anyhow, I'll let the bike
sit tonight and bake the header paint and sealant and then tomorrow we go
out with the stock jetting.  Now before you go nuts on me, remember we are
at 5300 feet altitude, so a "lean" CA spec bike becomes a "rich" bike up
here and it sounds, runs good right now in the garage.  But I did get the
dynojet kit and found the Factory kit when cleaning up the garage.  So
dynojet told me to change the needle to one position leaner, and to go get
some 100 jets as the sea level kit came with 104 and 108 mains vs. the 110
stockers.  The reason the dynojet kits have smaller mains is because the
needle taper is much more aggressive than the stock needles.  We'll see, but
my bike sucked hind tit up at peak to peak totally stock, smelled like
unburnt fuel and basically ran pretty sad.  My KLR is now running wonderful
with the dynojet high altitude kit and a full FMF system so I'm looking
forward to taking the GPZ up to 10K on the Jardine and the dynojet "over the
phone - high altitude setup"





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