KLR250 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Bad Company, May 10, 2008.

  1. bigfishs

    bigfishs Adventurer

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    Read through a big chunk of this big thread which contains a lot of new and older info. Hopefully some of you guys will chime in with some up to date answers:clap

    1. Anyone dye their seat? Wheeler dealers had a leather dye you could apply yourself
    2. battery retaining solutions? Mine is the following craptastic
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    3. Why the eff cant I get the carb duct back on....after 2 hrs of swearing google told me they shrink. 20 dollar for a new flexible one that took me all for 10 mins to fit:D

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  2. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    1. Not I.
    2. Bungee, if nothing more . . .
    3. Silicone lubricant might be useful . . . maybe you tried that already.
  3. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    Jumbo size zip-tie is holding my battery, sorry no pic.
  4. bigfishs

    bigfishs Adventurer

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    I also want to get a new gas cap (someone wrecked the outside of it. Any idea what that would cost and where to get it? I also want to do LED stalks for the front and rear indicators and there are loads on amazon. Anyone care to give a recent update on these?
  5. bigfishs

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    Yeah, for 2 fecking hrs before I googled the problem and found that they shrink. I ordered an new one, hence the comparison pic above. Have you had more to drink than me?:D

    reading/visual comprehension>you:clap
  6. bigfishs

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    Plan is to put new front and rear turning signals on "led, when u guys tell me which ones to get:D", spray the plastics and tank flat black, and put new dg muffler on.
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  7. bigfishs

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    Im seriously considering taking half an inch of each end of the handlebar with a sawzall too:1drink
  8. 8gv

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    My battery is retained by a rubber strap with a metal hoop on the end. This is stock. If you cannot or wish not to get the stock strap, a double sided Velcro strap might work well.
  9. Voidrider

    Voidrider Been here awhile

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    1 - I haven't tried dying a seat, but I have used VHT Vinyl Dye that worked fantastic on some sun-faded switchgear plastics (it tends to soak in, and dye the plastic, not just layer on as a coat of paint that flakes and wears off). If you are talking REAL leather....I think I would go to a Tandy Leather, get dye in the color you want, apply dye, the use a sealer...otherwise the dye will get on anything you wear (black on black...not so bad).

    2 - Has not been an issue for me, but I am familiar with the rubber strap with attaching hook as previously mentioned.

    3 - Yes, they can shrink, they can also get hard. The last time I worked with carb boots I was helping a guy with a Ninja 250, and we ended up boiling them for about five minutes. O.M.G. it made them so soft and pliable...it took mere moments to get them back on...
  10. gasolinetom

    gasolinetom Mechanic

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    are you worried the battery will be moving around. if it stays in place like that, i say leave it. or you could fork over $$ for a replacement strap. it might be worth the peace of mind. maybe a bunch of rubber bands?? or a shoelace could be worse. :D
  11. gasolinetom

    gasolinetom Mechanic

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    carb boots are a bitch, i boiled mine and it made it softer but not long enough. bought a new one. money well spent. glad you got a new one too.
  12. bigfishs

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    ordered the DG muffler from ebay. $150:D
  13. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    So today was the first ride in snowy conditions. Hard pack, ice patches and deep powder...the little KLR handles it with ease. :D

    The light weight and low power output makes it the perfect winter bike for me...and fun too!
  14. bigfishs

    bigfishs Adventurer

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    You riding that with other traffic on snowy roads?
  15. skypilot

    skypilot I Roam therefor I am

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    Brought home my new toy but at 50 mph and 45 degrees the temp guage runs in the red. Fluid is fine. Do the klr250 s run hot normaly?
  16. gasolinetom

    gasolinetom Mechanic

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    you have a problem . if the fluid is good, make sure its squirtin around. maybe a thermostadt is stuck or your pump is done working. you should run the needle straight up and down on your gauges, all the time after its warmed up.
  17. gasolinetom

    gasolinetom Mechanic

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    also, you may be running way lean too. i think that causes over heating issues, nothing easier than looking at the sparkplug. hope that helps
  18. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    Check both oil and coolant levels, and BURP your bike (run engine with radiator cap OFF 'til thermostat opens and coolant circulates awhile, dispelling all air bubbles and pockets in the radiator and plumbing).

    Does FAN come on when temperature gauge goes up? If not, may need to check wiring (not sure whether all KLR250's had fan fuses or not), fan relay, thermal switch.

    If fan operates normally, and too-high operating temperatures remain, could be a water pump problem. Of course, check for intake air leaks, if excessively fuel-lean operation is suspected.

    In my experience, KLR250 isn't inclined to run hot; at idle in the summer, fan kicks in and stabilizes things. Yet, I've not experienced that "middle of the gauge" position for the needle for very long intervals; the excursion of the temperature gauge needle remains a continuing operational characteristic of my '03. Yet, as long as the temperature stays within safe limits, what? ME worry?

    Bottom line, don't think KLR250's ordinarily run hot; if yours does, looks to me like something's amiss.
  19. 8gv

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    Not too bad...
    Ground for fan is loose. Fan not operating. Follow the fan wires, you'll find it under the tank.

    Pretty bad...
    Blown head gasket.

    Really bad...
    Coral snake in coolant hose blocking flow.
  20. beeper

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    Yes.