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2012 Engine Mounts Retrofit?

Anyone know about the mods discussed in this article as related to the rear engine mounts and foot pegs. Will these improvements on the 2012 fit previous years?

http://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2012...versys-preview

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I believe these components are unchanged for 2012. The only changes in the new model are cosmetic color schemes. My guess is the pegs and mounts could be fitted but someone here will know better or for certain
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The change was made on 2010+ models... The frame would have to be adapted to fit the bushings. The new frame diagram is barely changed, as you can see the new upper rear motor mount bushing housings drawn over original design. Maybe the upper rear mounts could be adapted to fit the four rubber bushings (2 outer, 2 inner), although that would require removing and reinstalling engine.

Kawasaki rubber bushing part # 92092-0021 ($5.40 each).

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Do a search on 09 vs 10 or 11 ... vibration ... I own an 09, and rode a 2011 twice and the rubber isolators made really no difference ... Actually, the 11 I rode had MORE mid range buzz in the bars than my 09 ... IMO, they changed and moved the frequency of the vibes for the worse ... ON at least the 2011 I rode which had low mileage ... Also, from 08 to 09 they have added SOME rubber isolators in the rear cowl, and frame fitting area ... Just not the rubber engine mounting ... There was rumor that the 2011 had rubber mounted handlebars, but I never found anything on the ones I have seen as far as that ...

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I don't see where my handlebars have rubber mounting. I filled them with lead shot and vibrations are gone. I noticed the difference as soon as I pulled out of the driveway. I cruise around at 5,000 rpm all day. I rarely use 6th gear any more.

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Do a search on 09 vs 10 or 11 ... vibration ... I own an 09, and rode a 2011 twice and the rubber isolators made really no difference ... Actually, the 11 I rode had MORE mid range buzz in the bars than my 09 ... IMO, they changed and moved the frequency of the vibes for the worse ... ON at least the 2011 I rode which had low mileage ... Also, from 08 to 09 they have added SOME rubber isolators in the rear cowl, and frame fitting area ... Just not the rubber engine mounting ... There was rumor that the 2011 had rubber mounted handlebars, but I never found anything on the ones I have seen as far as that ...
Asking if anyone had ridden an 09 and a newer model with the changes should have been my first question, but alas it won't matter. I sure won't be removing an engine for an upgrade unless its pretty convincing that it would work. I am finding less time to ride due to the upkeep and rebuilds on the bikes I own. Jeez. Thanks for all the feedback.

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The good news is that the pegs are an easy retrofit, they'll bolt right on!
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The good news is that the pegs are an easy retrofit, they'll bolt right on!
I wouldn't bother, after filling the bars with shot the only place my 2011 vibes is in the foot pegs....

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Waking up an old thread here, I was searching for some conversation on that rubber bushing/part number, etc., where as in 2010 going forward they put those 4 rubber bushings in the mix as part of the engine mounting.

Question, I have my engine out now, and it's ready to go back in. Do you think the rubber bushings would fit, work or be an appropriate upgrade on a 2008?

Also, I would expect that the required bolts for those 4 points are probably longer- no problem, just making an observation.

Lastly, I have SW Motech crash guards going on at the same time, I expect those to be picking up on at least some of these same mounting points- and Motech usually good about giving you longer bolts, but again- if I put rubber in the mix I would need longer bolts yet.

If you follow my conversation here, would you mess with the rubber mounts from a 2010, or go to the hardware store and find some thick rubber washers, or just put it all back together with the new Motech metal and be done with it?

Thanks, I appreciate the input.

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For my money (having an '08 and an '09), I would just leave the engine mounts as 'delivered', and add your SW-Motech stuff, which is what I have on both. I don't find either very "vibey", and MAYBE the SW stuff helps...?

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Thanks Ed,

Appreciated. I only rode my Vers a 1,000 miles before I starting taking it apart... coming from a KLR, I did not think it was buzzy. I actually did not mind the KLR after some tweaks.

Thanks.
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I'd advise a read-thru of the thread on the SW-M crash bars and mounting issues.
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All good to know, JD, thanks

Related to what you say about finding them loose, as I degrease this engine and am checking bolts, etc., I see that the right side/forward motor mount area (hole where bolt goes through) seemed moderately sort of "egg shaped"... and it did not appear to have been intentionally machined that way.... until you said something just now, I was curious if it was a case of the previous rider of my bike have trouble getting a engine guard bolt through, and wondered if he had "encouraged it" with a long drill bit.

I bet I know now was it was-- just ridden LOOSE.

I will run with "red" on these areas now to be sure, thanks for that. Funny, a stop at a local Ace Hardware lately to get some blue and some red.... I had to ask the sales clerk why they did not have any "red" and seemed to have all kinds of BLUE.

"uhh, cause the red is now in a BLUE TUBE."

WTF? sure enough, the tube the same color as the blue goo- but if you read the fine print, it says "red". You can't make this stuff up.
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I'd advise a read-thru of the thread on the SW-M crash bars and mounting issues.
Thanks Baron,

I did see where some (Ed, etc) have put rubber line or hose on the U bolts, and or wrapped the bar in some rubber in the area where the U bolt clamps on. I have a spare KLR inner tube from the old days that needs to be "sacrificed", and a couple thin "mouse pads" I picked up for a buck each.

I looked at the other options of crash bars, and gave the ones away that came on the bike (used), and ended up going with SW Motech, as I was already a past customer of theirs, and other parts of the bike already a rolling advertisement for them. My riding group put together 5-6 KLR's and all went with Motech parts.

Straying off the crash bar engine mount topic

A younger rider we helped rig his bike for a planned future south America trip. I have not heard that he has gone yet, I know he was waiting for his brother to have an appropriate window of time to join him on the adventure. Last I saw of my chum here below, he left Minnesota in the onset of a snow storm, on his freshly rigged KLR- destined for Texas. He did in fact make it...


We used to have some "Sunday" access to a local shop, let's just say they sold a lot of red bikes, and they were not KLR's.

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