KLR650 Only Thread......

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by willys, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. myat35

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    Any recommendations for swapping out the stock (lame) mirrors on the KLR for mirrors with a wider & larger viewing area? Would be looking for ones that simply bolt or screw right into the stock threads with no modification needed. Let me know what others have put on with good results. Thanks!
  2. skibo

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    I can replace things if I need--trying to figure out what needs replacing. I'm getting some voltage to the igniter coil, but I don't know if it's adequate, or what it's supposed to be.
  3. XDragRacer

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    TPI 5-1/4" rectangular mirrors with dampers.

    Google, "TPI Motorcycle" and you'll probably find 'em.
  4. XDragRacer

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    I commend to you the "Electrical" section of the Clymer service manual.

    Exciter coil resistance, 100-200 ohms; pulsing coil resistance, 150-200 ohms.

    Output from each remains rpm-dependent; with resistance within specifications, chances are you're getting the necessary juice required to fire the ignition.
  5. skibo

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    Thanks. Yeah, I've been going through Clymer testing everything. I'm getting juice (18v) out of the igniter coil, but no spark through both the original and replacement plug cap/wire. I don't know or have reference to how much voltage is needed to run the sparkplug. I'm trying to work backwards from the plug to see what the problem is (e.g. if coil is working properly, then the problem is upstream).
  6. ontheroad68

    ontheroad68 Been here awhile

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    Do you have the stock short or tall windshield with the Laminar Lip?
  7. ontheroad68

    ontheroad68 Been here awhile

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    WANTED: 1996 + Engine lower end. Needs to be complete but does not need to be functional/serviceable. Can have broken studs/chipped case etc. Case can be damaged! Send PM. Thanks!!
  8. ktmdoc

    ktmdoc Been here awhile

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    Thanks for. all the help. I wish I would have had the foresight to go to the forum when I was stranded in Vernal halfway through the ride. My thinking was that all of the problems were in the broken on/ off start switch gave me tunnel vision. In the process of shorting over the ignition module as suggested here revealed a simple loose connection which when tightened solved the failure to start. I highly recommend anyone having issues on the road that they cannot solve log in to the vast knowledge base here for help.
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  9. XDragRacer

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    DISCLAIMER: Comments relative to Generation 1 ignition.

    By "igniter coil," do you mean, "exciter coil?" An AC voltage should be detected there, proportional to rpm.

    Actually, THOUSANDS of volts are needed to "run" the sparkplug. This voltage comes from discharge of a capacitor in the CDI unit across the ignition coil's primary windings.

    The capacitor is discharged by a pulse from the pickup coil ("Coil, Pulsing," in Kawasakiese) triggering a thyristor. Many of these functions are hidden within the circuitry of the CDI unit; however . . . you can check exciter coil resistance and pickup coil resistance (as previously mentioned), and . . . monitor pickup coil output, to some extent.

    Further, CDI unit contact resistances are published in the service manual.

    Above are a number of parameters you can check without substitution; I'd put a priority on finding a pickup coil output, from your description so far.
  10. skibo

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    Thanks for your patience--getting terminology mixed up. I've checked the ignition coil (primary coil and secondary coil, Clymer Table 2, p. 222) and the exciter coil. It is the input into the ignition coil, upon cranking, that I got the voltage, just trying to see if the coil is getting juice to send to the spark plug. I've tested the ignition coil, exciter coil, and pickup coil per Clymer (resistance only), and they are all within spec. I opened up the alternator cover to see if anything was lose, and I got the same readings while moving the wires. I just bought a new spark plug to test, to no avail. I've compared the resistances of the spark plug caps and wires between the original and the new (used) one, and they are the same. As far as I can tell, I've done all the tests Clymer recommends, but still no spark.

    So how do I check pickup coil output?

    Thanks again, both for your patience and assistance. This electrical stuff is pushing my pay grade.
  11. chaotic_robot

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    Stock short on a 2009
  12. CharlzOP

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    I need some advice. So I have the Clymer KLR650 2008-2017 KLR650 service manual. My bike is a 2016 KLR650. I need to adjust my chain slack, but I don't really know how. It's out of spec. So the Clymer manual says to do tghe measurements while the rear wheel is off the ground but the swingarm says to do it while it is on the side-stand. First question, which is the correct way to do it? Second question. I have the large tursk panniers one the bike. Should I do the adjustment while they are on or off the bike?
  13. myat35

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    Ok, I will take a look. Thanks for the reco!

  14. trentster

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    So I have to say I know very little about KLRs, curious what you guys think about this purchase, the miles are higher than I would like, but I think its got most of the mods that I might be looking for. Any and all feedback is much appreciated. Link below. Thanks again.
    https://lexington.craigslist.org/mcy/d/2008-klr-650/6292798556.html
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  15. sasho

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    16K on that bike is nothing...
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  16. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    So here is an interesting one....

    Bike is a 2nd Gen 2008. Left side of the engine is opened for balancer sprockets/chain guide inspection.

    No silver links on the balancer chain!!! Anyone seen that? Only paint marks on the chain links.
  17. Pollack

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    All in all looks pretty good. Ask the owner about oil usage, 08/09s are known to use an excessive amount on the slab. You will probably need to upgrade the suspension if you are going to carry around the HT boxes.

    Best regards,
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  18. XDragRacer

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    With no oscilloscope handy, an AC voltmeter connected to the exciter coil should read some voltage (digital) or twitch (analog needle) as the engine is turned over. Output should be higher, with more measurement visibility, if spark plug is removed while spinning the engine, allowing higher cranking rpm.

    Sounds like you've conscientiously checked out about everything checkable; good luck in finding and dealing with your elusive gremlin(s)!
  19. trentster

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    He says it was re-sprung for the cases and weight for a 170lb rider fully loaded or two up no cargo. Also says it has a full vance/hines header and muffler, and was re-jetted. What do you think for price? I offered $3,000, and he says he is firm at $3,500. Thanks!

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  20. nvklr

    nvklr Been here awhile

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    Few of the oil burners made it that far miles wise. I’m guessing either it did and was addressed, or like mine, didn’t burn oil. (35,000 miles so far). Price seems right to me. Looks like it was well maintained and had plenty of farkles you can use or sell. Go buy it before it’s too gone.
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