KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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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  3. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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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)!
  4. trentster

    trentster Been here awhile

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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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  5. 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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  6. skibo

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    I did the test, and got about 54 vAC continuous--didn't get the up and down I expected. I also played around with the ignition coil some more, double checking it. It's all within Clymer specs--input (during cranking across both leads) came to 33 vDC (not the 18 originally stated--meter was on wrong mode). I also tried to test output of the ignition coil, since I got some input. I could not find any output (AC or DC). Plug cap and plug wires were tested, and were good. I'm assuming I should be able to measure the output, but I don't know whether it should be AC or DC. My multimeter is a pain to use when I don't know the range of expected values (e.g. if high, then it doesn't give me any indication, so I have to test multiple ranges).

    I also retested the stator as outlined on () Since the bike won't start, I'm not sure whether to expect the AC output (just turning it over). But the circuit continuity was consistent (i.e. no shorts).

    Thanks again. Suggestions anyone?
  7. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    Kill switch. I've had two Gen 1 kill switch assemblies that were intermittent. Couldn't see anything physically wrong with the harness wires or connectors, but replacing with a new switch assembly fixed an intermittent ignition issue.
  8. skibo

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    Interesting you mention that. My switch broke a couple of years ago in a crash. After worrying about the electricians' tape keeping it on the "on" position, I ended up filling it with epoxy. I'm the perfect KLR owner!
  9. beemerjim

    beemerjim Been here awhile

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    Ya !! Filled it with Epoxy. I love it!

    ;-)

    jim
  10. John Fry

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    Need some recommendations and, sources for parts.
    2008 klr685 mostly on slab.
    Time for new chain and, both sprockets.
    I'd like to drop rpm at top speed. I've heard changing front sprocket size can shorten life span. Can it be done at the rear sprocket?
    Can I get a suggestion for a good size and quality combination of sprockets and, chain.
    Also need new rear shock.
    Possibly a muffler. I'd like to stay quiet.
    Prefer a Canadian store/website if possible.
    Thanks for your input.
  11. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    BikeBandit shows a new kill switch assembly as costing $60.
  12. Tweakedlogic

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    1376 pages of posts???

    To me it makes more since to have bike specific sub-forums. Easier to search, research, and find what you looking for without asking the same questions that have been asked already.

    I just got an 03 KLR, but i cant find the answers i need in this thread.

    Peace out
  13. BigFatAl

    BigFatAl Been here awhile

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    I get most of my KLR info on FB.
    There are several great pages that you get answers in just minutes most of the time.


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  14. skibo

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    Thanks, I'll look into it.
  15. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    What are we missing here? Your first post to advrider in over 3 years, and it's to complain that this place is too hard?

    There's a search button on every page that works quite well. Or...just ask? Maybe BigFatAl is doing us all a favor--try Facebook.
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  16. sideroadbob

    sideroadbob Been here awhile

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    What is this Facebook thing you speak of?

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  17. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Ask away. Most of us are willing to rehash the questions and answers.
  18. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I don't believe that a 16t front sprocket would significantly shorten lifespan. (15t is stock.) Having the bike setup for comfortably performing the kind of riding I do is more important than getting an additional 1,000 miles before rebuild.

    As my riding changes from time to time I've used the stock 15t, I've used 14t for trails, and I've used 16t for roads. With the 16t, the KLR is like a 4-speed around the rural roads here with an overdrive for faster roads. (Even if it's not numerically an overdrive.)
  19. Pollack

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    I have been using a 17T for the last 10K miles, on pace for a new chain in another 10K.

    Best regards,
  20. GreatWhiteNorth

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    A larger front sprocket will actually wear slightly (emphasis on slightly) slower, as it's spreading the force over more teeth. I tried a 17T, took it off as I found it made 1st gear too tall. I found myself stalling a little too often getting going from a stop, and IMO it makes gearing too tall for offroad/dirt trails. Sure helps drop the rpm for highway cruising tho.