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Forum: Thumpers Today, 08:00 AM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Power & efficiency mods

Slonny, I mentioned a ways back the mods I made to my bike, and it gets a genuine 60 mpg imperial / 50 mpg US consistently. No doubt there are many things that play into overall fuel consumption. ...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 11:00 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Getting more power

There is extra power to be had, if (big if) you approach it correctly:

http://www.patmanracing.com/klrdyno.htm

http://www.mtechmotorcycles.com/performance-projects-kawasaki-klr-685-705-kits.htm
Forum: Canada Yesterday, 09:14 PM
Replies: 16,017
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Not normal

Adding a little bit of water occasionally may be normal, but finding it almost dry (= pooched battery) isn't - the stock regulators are ancient tech - they're crap!

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Forum: Canada Yesterday, 04:20 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Mosfet voltage regulator info

If you have access to KLR650.net, great article here explaining why the upgrade to a newer tech mosfet regulator is worth it: http://klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=100141&highlight=mosfet
Forum: Canada Yesterday, 01:36 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
I don't like that theory/solution... the root...

I don't like that theory/solution... the root cause of the problem is the regulator not outputting properly, and it happens when it gets hot. The regulator is located in a truly dumb location where...
Forum: Canada Yesterday, 12:09 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
You guys got me looking into this...

Sounds like your stock Gen 2 voltage regulators overcharge a little. I've got an aftermarket newer tech (mosfet?) regulator on my sidecar rig (no idea what brand) that seems to be good. According...
Forum: Canada Yesterday, 10:55 AM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
My understanding is that anytime the plates are...

My understanding is that anytime the plates are exposed to air, from the water in the electrolyte evaporating off, that it ruins that area of the plates, shortening battery life and reducing overall...
Forum: Canada 11-24-2014, 05:54 AM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Right!

And he's missing Yamaha in that collection too - Carl, there is work still to do! When I think of Yamaha tho, I think of Kenny Roberts Yellow with the checkered black/white racing stripes - best...
Forum: Canada 11-23-2014, 09:46 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Suzuki of course (think DR650) - go for max:...

Suzuki of course (think DR650) - go for max: http://procycle.us/info/articles/dr650/780-kit.html
Forum: Thumpers 11-23-2014, 07:13 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Yup

I'll go a step further - from what I've heard repeated here often (not that I've checked myself) is that OEM replacement ring sets are difficult to obtain. If you did find a set, you'd still need to...
Forum: Canada 11-23-2014, 05:49 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
It's missing two colours

I think they need to flesh the collection out with the addition of yellow and orange stablemates! :D
Forum: Thumpers 11-23-2014, 04:58 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Some interesting stuff...

Some interesting ideas floating around here. The carbon buildup I've seen on pistons, heads, and particularly in the exhaust ports isn't something that'll disappear easily with an application of...
Forum: Vendors 11-23-2014, 10:20 AM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
What do you think of the H4 LED bulb? I ordered...

What do you think of the H4 LED bulb? I ordered one myself... waiting for it to arrive.
Forum: Canada 11-23-2014, 09:25 AM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
They like to go fast...

...as Paul Tracy said - "I like to go fast, real fast!" Very impressive operation. Dave said they build more engines than all of their MB competitors combined - I believe it! I like what I see...
Forum: Thumpers 11-23-2014, 09:01 AM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Valve clearance check interval

The old Gen 1 owners manual I have shows initial inspection at 800 kms/500 miles and every 10,000 kms after that. As the bike carbons up valve seats wear quicker - wise idea IMO to check more often...
Forum: Thumpers 11-23-2014, 08:04 AM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Wish it was that easy (de-carboning)

I've de-carboned / cleaned up a few pistons and heads. Ugly job. Doing it takes time and patience and must be done carefully not to booger things up. A friend gave me a hot tip - this Yamaha...
Forum: Canada 11-22-2014, 06:49 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
KLR Wossner 1mm oversize (666cc)

Anyone have a bit of an oil burner that could use a new piston & rings? Here's what you need - I'll sacrifice for $200. Piston has about 2000 kms on it, I bought new rings, and the cylinder was...
Forum: Canada 11-22-2014, 05:33 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Ordered last night

I just ordered the other goodies I needed from Schnitz last night. I dropped off a cylinder to get bored out to 692 yesterday, to Millar Racing Engines in Winkler/Morden. They do cars, bikes, killer...
Forum: Canada 11-22-2014, 05:14 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Winter boredom setting in :^(

Good excuse to tinker on stuff. Have decided to go 705 in the sidecar rig... it needs all the help it can get, power & displacement wise. I ordered up the heavy duty sleeve and stuff I need, and...
Forum: Canada 11-22-2014, 10:00 AM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Canada Winter Riding thread

I'm not out and about riding the sidecar rig in the snow yet, but I was in Winkler yesterday and saw a guy riding an old UJM cruiser on the highway! It occurred to me that what the Canada forum is...
Forum: Thumpers 11-20-2014, 06:42 AM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
High Compression - the need for premium

I did a trip through some pretty remote country this summer, using the Wossner 11 to 1 CR piston. Premium gas availability was an issue, but I had extra gas along, and used octane booster when...
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 09:42 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Cheapest route too!

The amazing thing about the Wossner option is that it's also best value at just $166 for the piston kit. Gotta factor in a head & base gasket too (another $40 to $50), but overall quite the savings...
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 04:54 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
And sweet they are!

And sweet they are!
Forum: Canada 11-19-2014, 03:58 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
or build a bridge either!

...and I didn't even here about the earthquake! :rofl
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 03:26 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Lean starting

The Sherpa I bought for my wife is very lean/cold blooded starting, so I ordered the #20 pilot & 130 main jet to do the mod (richen it up). Finally got motivated to do the switch today, pulled the...
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 02:51 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Wiseco & JE pistons

I was told by the owner of a very large marine engine overhaul company here that Wiseco owns JE. Nothing about that on their company website ( http://www.jepistons.com/AboutUs.aspx ) ... but,...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2014, 07:19 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
I wouldn't go 685 on a pre '96

685cc is 2.5mm oversize - that's a lot. I'd source a good used '96 or newer cylinder if you want to go 2mm or bigger oversize.
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2014, 06:10 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
From the Eagle-Mike website, and this in regards...

From the Eagle-Mike website, and this in regards to the 1mm oversize (658cc): "This fits every year KLR650, even the pre 1996!" With the next size up, 685 & 692cc piston kits it says: "fits 1996 and...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2014, 01:54 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Good point

I set end gaps on both Wossner pistons the same, and Wossner guidance pretty closely matches Schnitz/E-M/JE guidance. Would be interesting to know why one broke in perfectly and the other install a...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2014, 01:40 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Out of round

Might have been the case here too. I had the cylinder re-honed and bought a new set of rings to try it again. It's a pre '96 cylinder, so am wondering if that plays into it. There is some...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2014, 11:22 AM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
For sure

Running at or near full throttle continuously has to be very, very hard on things - confession time (sort of)... that '92 with the sidecar, I had it 2 or 3 seasons already, and prior to hopping it...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2014, 10:38 AM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
To be honest, I've sort of lost track what came...

To be honest, I've sort of lost track what came from where cylinder wise. I used one 'pre-96 cylinder for a 1mm oversize Wossner... installed that in my '94, put about 2,000 kms on it and it...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2014, 09:47 AM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
I bought a '92, then a couple of post-'96 parts...

I bought a '92, then a couple of post-'96 parts engines, a '94 KLR, so have lots to play with. I bought two '08 lower ends, both had been oil burners, and owners had run 'em low on oil pooching the...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2014, 08:41 AM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Carbon build-up

I've done a few top end jobs, installing big bore kits, and really noted heavy carbon build-up on a few pistons & heads from engines that were oil burners. These engines still ran well, but power...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2014, 07:09 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Your valve seats may be badly pitted resulting in...

Your valve seats may be badly pitted resulting in poor sealing (affecting compression). I've had 4 heads apart - two of 'em had bad pitting on the exhaust valve seats, and I cleaned 'em up, lapped...
Forum: Thumpers 11-16-2014, 03:32 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Suggest pulling the cam right out so you can have...

Suggest pulling the cam right out so you can have a good look at the bearing journals. If they're not galled, you are probably OK. I've seen bearing journal clearances really tight (like about...
Forum: Canada 11-15-2014, 08:25 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Thnx for sharing that. I intend to check out the...

Thnx for sharing that. I intend to check out the Fort Ellice site by St Lazare this next summer, and explore west along both the Qu'appelle & Assiniboine rivers. Just downloaded Garmin BaseCamp (a...
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2014, 04:30 PM
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Heated gear, etc.

I've got a Gerbing heated jacket liner & gloves (old stuff) and run it direct, no switch or controller. I've got an aftermarket (supposedly) higher output Electrex UK stator, and there is not a lot...
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 14,476
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
M & S rated

These Continental TKC80s have the mud & snow rating - the symbol looks exactly as it appears on car tires. Checking their website tho, they mention nothing about it in the specs, so take that with a...
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 14,476
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Posted By GreatWhiteNorth
Visor fogging

Now I guess we're straying off topic, but that there (visor fogging) is a real challenge for me too. I cut a bigger air vent into the visor I use and still need to ride with it cracked open to...
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