I got my 08 handguards today, and got them installed.
The good news first.
They can be made to fit, they clear the tank and the windshield. You can move the bars and controls to provide clearance.
I only have about 52 bucks and my time in them.
The right hand, brake side, fits on easily using the factory bolt which you purchase for about 11 bucks. Don't have to trim plastic.
They look pretty good I think, and are quite large, probably giving the most protection of any of the guards I have seen.
The bad news is the clutch side is not so easy to fit. I suspected as much when I first decided to try them.
The clutch switch that will let you start the bike in gear interferes with the guard and I removed it. The down side to this is that if you stop the engine in gear you must go to neutral to start it . You can also rig the switch so that the starter will engage when the bike is in gear, but you need to remember that so you pull the clutch lever in when starting. If you push the start button when in gear and the clutch is engaged, the bike will move and could cause you to tip over. I disabled the clutch switch on my KLR, so it is not a big deal for me.
The tab on the aluminum clutch lever that actuates the plunger on the switch also hits the plastic guard and must be cut off. I cut it off and made provisions to re attach it if I need to. I can elaborate if needed.
You need to do a little bit of plastic trimming on the clutch side. Some for the mirror, and some for where the guard fits around the clutch cable, nothing major.
I made the bolt/ perch mount for the clutch side instead of buying one from the factory. This was ok for me, only took a few minutes, but I have the stuff to do it, and I enjoy it.
If someone decided to use these handguards, the best bet would be to buy the factory bolt.
All things considered, I am happy that I used the KLR guards. I wanted protection from the elements, and these will do better than any I have seen.
I think for most folks, using the aftermarkets like the motoray or such would be the best thing to do.
For gluttons for punishment like my self, you might like the KLR's. It wasn't really bad, it sounds worse that it actually is, I probably only spent a couple of hours installing them, and I took my time.