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Old 12-10-2011, 05:20 AM   #391
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Wassup Don! If I could get the little rubber boot off the button I'd try that. Gonna pull the front fairing this weekend and see what I can do about it. Very annoying not having a tripmeter.

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Bet it's not the button but something inside the speedo itself...... all the WD40 in the world won't fix it if it is.
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:02 AM   #392
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Bet it's not the button but something inside the speedo itself...... all the WD40 in the world won't fix it if it is.
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:25 AM   #393
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Mine did it too. You have to remove the dash and attempt to push the button to see the mechanics of how it works. I have an old oil can with a thin nozzle, I just put a little drop of oil in there and tried to push. It took me a few times to finally hit the right spot. Once you get it, it will be silky smooth. I wouldn't blast WD or it might show up on your dash.
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:04 AM   #394
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Mine did it too. You have to remove the dash and attempt to push the button to see the mechanics of how it works. I have an old oil can with a thin nozzle, I just put a little drop of oil in there and tried to push. It took me a few times to finally hit the right spot. Once you get it, it will be silky smooth. I wouldn't blast WD or it might show up on your dash.

Ditto on my 08; started to get hard to reset around 12K and stopped at 17k--small amounts of WD40 got it working again.
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:34 PM   #395
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Mine did it too. You have to remove the dash and attempt to push the button to see the mechanics of how it works. I have an old oil can with a thin nozzle, I just put a little drop of oil in there and tried to push. It took me a few times to finally hit the right spot. Once you get it, it will be silky smooth. I wouldn't blast WD or it might show up on your dash.
That was the ticket. Works like a charm now but that little spring is awful stiff for the small size of the end of the push rod. Maybe I just have sissy fingers :)

But....and there's always a but!

I found this when I opened it all up!!!



It had been glued badly and was somewhat stuck but not really. So I pulled it all apart and the old glue came right off. Notice the stud broke off the mount on the right side. There was a white gutter trim screw in there!!


The pieces:





The fix! Setting up as we speak.



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Old 12-10-2011, 03:04 PM   #396
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.. well now ..

.. there's an ugly surprise .. glad you've got the cure (pun intended) ..
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:52 PM   #397
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My comment had nothing whatsoever to do with the raising links. It had everything to do with the durability of the stock shock. Perhaps you'll get a hundred thousand miles out of yours, but in my experience, it's unlikely.
You have experience with 100,000 mile KLRs? Really?
Wow.

In the pics you have posted of your 2007, it looks brand new!
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Old 12-11-2011, 01:31 AM   #398
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Another view from the side...Safari test bike.
because of the extra fuel weight do you need to up rate the front fork springs ? just the front end goes down fast as soon as the brakes are put on .
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:49 AM   #399
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Clymer says (p. 194, Generation 1 Service Manual), Also, tighten initially to 88 ft-lb; loosen, and tighten finally to 129 ft-lb.

I believe Generation 2 Service Manuals specify higher torque specifications; not sure.
on page 194 talks about headlight bulb replacement. On page 178 under Rotor/Starter removal is does say to replace the rotor bolt but gives no reason why. It didn't "drag" coming out and looked fine so I didn't see the need for replacement. My analytical pesonality has to have a reason for everything. I consider this to be a fault to a point.
No harm no foul, I've got one "in stock" when and if I ever need one.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:15 AM   #400
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BTW - A good source of grade 8 fasteners is a Caterpillar tractor parts department although not sure if they stock metric.)
Some of the older/bigger True Value Hardware Stores are great for grade 8, and also the hard metric stuff. There is one in Paducah, Ky, that has a HUGE nut/bolt dept, with stainless, etc. They have more bolts than the local Fastenall.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:47 AM   #401
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because of the extra fuel weight do you need to up rate the front fork springs ? just the front end goes down fast as soon as the brakes are put on .
No experience with Safari on the KLR. I don't know anyone who has one as the pictures were from the test mule. Probably will have to contact manufacturer/distributer. Manufacturer takes about 3-4 days to respond in my experience.
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Old 12-11-2011, 02:12 PM   #402
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on page 194 talks about headlight bulb replacement.
Regrets for any bibliographic confusion.

Cover of referenced manual:



Copyright page:



Content page:



(Library of Congress notified. )

No metallurgist nor strength-f-materials person, I, but . . . re-using a rotor bolt does not appear particularly reckless and high-risk, to me.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I used a new rotor bolt when I replaced the doohickey on my '07 (Generation 1) KLR650.

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Old 12-11-2011, 02:36 PM   #403
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According to the following online guide torque for a 12mm high quality bolt is 100 lb ft.

http://www.dansmc.com/torque_chart.htm

Kawasaki recommended torque on the rotor bolt is 130 lb ft -- 144 lb ft for 2008 onward.

So to my mind the bolt is at least 30% over-torqued and that's why they recommend replacing it. But hey, you're a grown up - make up your own mind. :-)

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Old 12-11-2011, 05:26 PM   #404
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You have experience with 100,000 mile KLRs? Really?
Wow.

In the pics you have posted of your 2007, it looks brand new!
I don't need 100k of experience to know something will fail long before that. Once something fails, you stop testing it.

I have seen a mostly original KLR with 72,000 recently and the stock shock, but the bike wasn't hammered off-road.

I put about 5,000 miles on my KLR this season, including some this month in northern New England. As my time is split between six bikes, I don't consider that bad. I own no garage queens, if that's what you're attempting to imply.

Do you have anything positive to contribute, or are you merely looking for opportunities to criticize others?
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:40 PM   #405
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I don't need 100k of experience to know something will fail long before that. Once something fails, you stop testing it.

I have seen a mostly original KLR with 72,000 recently and the stock shock, but the bike wasn't hammered off-road.

I put about 5,000 miles on my KLR this season, including some this month in northern New England. As my time is split between six bikes, I don't consider that bad. I own no garage queens, if that's what you're attempting to imply.

Do you have anything positive to contribute, or are you merely looking for opportunities to criticize others?
Not at all, I apologize if I came across that way.

I have owned a KLR since 1998, there's 3 of them in my garage right now.
(2 parts bikes, salvage )

Over my years of ownership, attending a dozen or more tech days, going to the Canyonlands Motor Classic (back when it was the KLR Owner's get-together, even), I've seen lots of enthusiastic new owners, who want to contribute, make a lot of statements they believe as a fact that are in reality either parroted, conjecture, or flat out wrong.

KLRs really are an "everyman's" bike, and there is an awful lot of incorrect information spouted precisely because of this.

Not to pick on anyone, but "Im gonna try the original links again, I loved the rasied bike, but it also screwed with my chain tenson, and sprockets" is a perfect example of a completely wrong statement. LIKE DIRTYDOG THE GENIUS SAID, "Raising links don't magically stretch the swingarm"...

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PS The only man I am aware of who can talk about 100k mile KLRs from his experience is kdxkawboy.
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