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Old 07-30-2014, 10:40 AM   #1
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Portland KLR Mechanic?

Hey y'all, I've done some searching around here and didn't find much on the topic. I'm looking for a mechanic that knows KLR's in the Portland area.

I have some nasty noise in my bottom end, and I believe I may have blown my countershaft bearing :

I'd love to get back on the road as soon as I can, and would love to find someone great to work on my bike. Any recommendations would be great. Thanks!
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:17 PM   #2
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I know Bozarth's recently rebuilt a buddy's KLR that had a bad third gear. Price seemed reasonable, timeframe was a little long though. Sorta depends on how much he's got going on.

http://offroadboss.com/

Would love to hear other folks recommendations as well and I have a KLR also.
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:20 PM   #3
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I'll have to give them a call. Hadn't heard of them before.

I'd love any other recommendations as well. Thanks!
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Old 07-30-2014, 04:47 PM   #4
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just sayin'

Technically, anyone with duct tape, a hammer, and some zip-ties is a KLR Mechanic, right??
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Old 07-30-2014, 04:58 PM   #5
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Oh yeah, I forgot about that. That helps, thanks!
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:57 PM   #6
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Try Mike Cardenas, Cardenas motorsports. Good guy.

http://www.cardenasmotorsports.com/
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:42 PM   #7
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Motorcycle warehouse over off of 82nd ave is good with KLRs. I took mine there for a few repairs that were beyond my skill. The owner, Harris, lives and breathes them. I've had very good work done by them, and have bought several used bikes through him.
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Old 07-31-2014, 03:48 PM   #8
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Gave Motorcycle Warehouse a call today. They seemed pretty helpful and knowledgable. I think I'll take the bike in there and see what they have to say. Thanks for the suggestions.

I'll let y'all know how things turn out. I think I may find a used bottom end to swap mine out with as opposed to completely rebuilding it seems to be a little more affordable, and easier, as long as I can find a reliable bottom end with low miles.
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I talked to that guy at Motorcycle Warehouse once, and we talked about his KLR experience and that he was a KLR rider and tried to keep their consumables in stock and happy to work on them. I haven't heard any first hand reports though, so let us know how it turns out.
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Motorcycle warehouse replaced a stator and did the doohicky back when I had my KLR. They also rethreaded a few things from the previous owner tightening things gorilla tight. Harris is a cool guy, he rides a Tengai KLR from the 80s. If I had another KLR and had an issue beyond my skill, you can bet I'd take it to him and his mechanics.
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:53 PM   #11
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Bump!

Just picked my bike up from Motorcycle Warehouse. Turns out it the balancer chain was loose. I thought I had adjusted the doohickey, but...

Definitely would recommend those guys. Super knowledgeable when it comes to KLR's, and really nice. They said it would be about three weeks before they could even get to it, and a week later I got a phone call that it was all done.

Back on the road!
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Old 08-17-2014, 05:49 PM   #12
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Did the spring come off the balancer chain or something?

Also what was the noise like, knocking/pounding type on the left side??



Mine started making some noise thats probably similar to yours, and im thinking its the crankshaft bearing as well. I haven't torn into yet because I dont have gaskets and some other tools, but if it ended up being the balancer chain thats gotta be a huge relief.

Any more details you can share would be awesome
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:09 AM   #13
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Hey! So, I'm not actually sure what happened. The mechanic said the doohickey was loose, but I don't think the spring came off. They pulled the cases just to double check and re-adjust I believe.

It sounded like the chain is just slapping around in there, mostly on acceleration of lower gears. Not so much pounding, just a rattle on the left side. When I got it back it was smooth as butter.

The bummer is that now 50 miles later, it's clearly loose again. I'm not sure WHY it would loosen up so quickly. Uhg.

When I first replaced the doohickey, I used the standard replacement spring from Eagle Mike, and didn't know about the torsion spring. I just ordered one that I am going to install this weekend and see if that helps the issue. Hopefully that will keep things tighter?

OR, something else actually is wrong...
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:13 PM   #14
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I just came across this thread on another forum, and after doing some more research too, I'm thinking that the spring I have in there probably just isn't providing enough tension to keep the chain tight. Hopefully the torsion spring will fix the issue!

http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=114094
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