2016 SgtMarty Colorado KLR650 Tech Day

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by SgtMarty, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. SgtMarty

    SgtMarty Retired, baby!

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    Some snacks and other things are being covered by kind souls who volunteered. Still looking for some meat (said with a straight face).

    I have a small box of misc small hand tools that are give-aways -- pliers, screwdrivers, etc. Might have a small contest for some DVDs and books, too. These are donations from a KLR rider I helped out a few years ago (Dave, who is now headed back to Thailand to continue his world travels). Dave also donated a bike lift for the tech days. So, yay to Dave! :clap:

    Some other freebies are always put out for anyone who wants them. Check the freebie bucket.
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  2. RLK

    RLK RLK KLR

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    Have there ever been Rudy's Breakfast tacos at Tech Day? I'll bring some. They contain meat.
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  3. Proveick

    Proveick Long timer

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  4. SgtMarty

    SgtMarty Retired, baby!

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    Yay!
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  5. wbunt

    wbunt Been here awhile

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    Not to hijack this tread but I have a question you guys can probably answer . Trying to do the doo on my 2006 KLR650 can not get the rotor off just stripped the treads on the puller . I have done these before with no problem . The treads in the rotor are OK yet . I was going to order a new puller and try again . Anyone have this problem , any suggestions ?
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  6. wzd1a

    wzd1a Long timer

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    Common issue with poor quality pullers. Buy a high quality puller and it will come off - or doo it at Sgt Marty's.
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  7. limey11

    limey11 Adventurer

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    I'm in. Always a good time.

    DR650 - Valve Check.
    Husqvarna 250 2 stroke - Front wheel bearing, Front fork oil seals.
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  8. SgtMarty

    SgtMarty Retired, baby!

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    Usually a poor quality puller bolt. You can't just use a typical bolt; you need a much harder steel and strong, rolled threads. I've heard of others using regular bolts and the threads strip out. It's rarely the threads in the rotor that fail. If you got the failed puller bolt out, you're in the lucky group.

    FWIW, I don't know where you got your puller, but I would never use anything from KLR650 dot com because of their poor quality Chinese knock-off parts. If it was an EM puller, give Mike a call and let him know. If you got the puller elsewhere, save him the angst and don't tell him.

    Best of luck with getting things fixed.
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  9. wbunt

    wbunt Been here awhile

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    Thanks . I thought I got it from EM when I got my first doo upgrade but not sure . Yes I got it out OK . Will order one from EM and try again .
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  10. wbunt

    wbunt Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys , got a EM puller and it came right off .
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  11. SgtMarty

    SgtMarty Retired, baby!

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  12. LocoPatrick

    LocoPatrick So much to see, so little time.

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    I'm looking forward to being there, Marty. I can help KLR riders with valve checks, doohickey upgrades, swingarm maintenance, 685 kits, etc.
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  13. SgtMarty

    SgtMarty Retired, baby!

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    Sweet, Loco. We learned our lesson a couple years ago (about doing a job like the 685 piston kit) during a tech day. Too many distractions.

    If anyone wants to do a 685 kit at the tech day, it's up to you to either do the work yourself (and you're welcome to use my tools, garage, and other resources here), or to arrange the help you'll need for the job. If LocoPatrick commits to helping someone with an extended job like this, that's between you and him. I end up being needed elsewhere too often to focus on a job like that during a tech day. If you ask him to, Eagle Mike will ship your parts directly to me, and they'll be waiting here for you. Heck, he even drove everyone's parts to one of my tech days in 2010, all the way from San Diego! You can't go wrong doing business with him.

    (For friends and frequent tech day attendees, I'll sometimes arrange a separate day for getting the 685 job done. After doing several 685 kits for people who never showed up again, I'm reluctant anymore to provide free work for those who never show up to help others. For those I see at tech days and other events, I'm a lot more willing to help them with the work. And since I'm not a commercial operation, I don't charge for the work and I guarantee nothing aside from doing the best I can to help YOU with working on YOUR bike. I'm sure everyone knows what I mean.)

    Also, for those who are doing a lot of work on the bike, try to come early and let me know (sign in on the whiteboard with the work you want to get done). I'll get you deep into the garage where you can just stay put for a while.

    I know there will be at least a couple swingarm lube jobs, Loco, so those can maybe get done at the same time (while they wait for the bikes to cool down enough for valve checks).
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  14. rwhittak3

    rwhittak3 Been here awhile

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    I can bring some brats if you're still looking for meat, Marty.
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  15. SgtMarty

    SgtMarty Retired, baby!

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    I'm going to expect a couple people will bring brats and burgers, but will verify as the date gets closer.
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  16. LocoPatrick

    LocoPatrick So much to see, so little time.

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    Understood. If it's the kind of job to just swap out the piston and reassemble with a ready-to-go cylinder, and all parts are there and verified, cool. If it's a higher mileage KLR that might need head or valve work, or any other problems--that's not a tech day kind of job.
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  17. ktmdoc

    ktmdoc Been here awhile

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    Marty' hoping to bring the 650 build down to sort out the ignition
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  18. SgtMarty

    SgtMarty Retired, baby!

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    I think there will be someone here to help with electrical work, Tom.
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  19. ktmdoc

    ktmdoc Been here awhile

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    Great because I have the KX450 forks on but with the new triples
    I can't use the instrument cluster. Had to modify headlight mounting but now with all connections together and wired to the Instrument cluster I have everything but no ignition
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  20. Dusty Rider

    Dusty Rider Seeking Neverland

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    I get to attend again; yay!
    The 540 exc needs some lovin... steering head bearings, front brake rotor w/ magnet, oil/filter change. Hopefully someone will be able to assist with the bearings - that's new to me.

    Good news is that my quick aluminum repair of the FUBAR clutch slave bolt hole is holding! I'm sure ThaRick and Snowmule remember this. AND that they are mortified at my Rube Goldberg fix.
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    I'll bring some burgers that redeem me from the shite I brought last time!
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