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flat repair

I have a 98 klr with only the side stand. Can anyone give me tips on what is the best way to remove the front or rear wheal for flat repair. Is laying the bike on its side the only way? Also has anyone had any success with "flat repair and inflater" in a can, or any other of those flat proof products that seem too good to be true.
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I got a slow leak last week and used the "instant inflater" or whatever it's called. I put 160 miles on the tube before it collapsed; this happened while the bike was parked so no big deal but I'd recommend against using it unless for emergencies.
You could use a piece of wood of the appropriate length to counterbalance the side stand ie use it to lift the right side of the bike under the frame and have the rear wheel lifted this way. That's the method I use in the garage. On the trail, that might be another story...
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When there is no rock/box/big stick/large friend nearby, yes, just lay it down. But think before you do - vent tube for the battery should be UP, and watch to see if any acid tries to leak out the battery top caps etc, also watch for oil pouring out, and make sure the gas is off. The carb may leak, that's ok.

The "'flat repair and inflater'" in a can" suck. Bulky and unreliable. I even had one leak all over the inside of the pack it was in. major

Sadly, the best method is to just fix it the old-fashioned way. There are a number of links to how to on the links page.

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I made an inflator that runs off the bike battery. They sell them for around 80USD but the one I made cost me less than 20USD and a bit of time. It's fairly small and easy to pack as well as a piece of cake to use.

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Thanks for the info and feedback. I think I have my problem solved. I went to Canadian Tire last weekend and purchased a plastic tool box for power saws. It is just a bit bigger than top boxes that sell for a fortune, and bolts to my rack on the KLR. With the box off, I can jam it under the right foot peg enough to get the rear wheel off the ground, or under the skid plate to lift the front. Not bad for $27 CDN.
I'm planning a trip through Mexico and Central America for the beginning of 04, and your website has been a fantastic and invalualbe resource. Amazing work and a big thanks.
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When there is no rock/box/big stick/large friend nearby, yes, just lay it down. But think before you do - vent tube for the battery should be UP, and watch to see if any acid tries to leak out the battery top caps etc, also watch for oil pouring out, and make sure the gas is off. The carb may leak, that's ok.

The "'flat repair and inflater'" in a can" suck. Bulky and unreliable. I even had one leak all over the inside of the pack it was in. major

Sadly, the best method is to just fix it the old-fashioned way. There are a number of links to how to on the links page.

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