KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. bush pilot

    bush pilot Long timer

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    Not sure what OSR racks are, but in general happy trails kit is tiptop and has great customer service.
    I've pounded the hell out of my racks and cascade paniers across the globe and they indeed hold up to torture.
    And i didn't mention extremely prompt response for customer service. Very nice people to deal with and their product is very tough for the big journeys.
  2. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    I am running the very similiar PMR Racks on my KLR, and I use Wolfman Expedition drybag saddlebags on them. I've not quite got my upper straps sorted out 100% (trying to keep them under the seat), but they work really well. I probably have too much pressure against the small "rack straps" and not enough on the seat straps, but I am planning on rearranging the straps to keep the buckles of the seat and should be fine.
  3. One Fat Roach

    One Fat Roach honey badger

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    Wanna smoke a bowl and drink a tall boy and talk about it?
  4. bush pilot

    bush pilot Long timer

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    That bike is way too clean, please surrender your KLR license forthwith.
  5. philthyphil

    philthyphil Nomad

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    Nice work.

    These are OSR (Original side racks). Only difference is these are custom. Info not intended for OP.

    I'm wondering if I could strap a set of adventure spec bags to those. The only problem I see is that they hang down pretty low from what I can tell. I'm looking for a low profile rack I cam leave on the bike, symmetrical if possible, and throw big bags over for the long hauls.
  6. Aprilia

    Aprilia Been here awhile

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    I have Ortliebs on my OSR's.

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  7. bush pilot

    bush pilot Long timer

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    Yepper and I did mention how I got rescued by the man from Jesus. I was 10kms from the next town (where I had a hotel in mind) in the dark pushing the bike along a busy highway looking for a spot to camp and The Man from Jesus showed up to give me a tow into town. Good people, I'm a believer,(remember the old song from the Monkees)
  8. TankCommander

    TankCommander Adventurer

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    Has any one installed the Happy Trails Rally Windscreen? Is it worth the money?
  9. VikB

    VikB Been here awhile

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  10. VikB

    VikB Been here awhile

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    Disclaimer: I am not an uber mechanic. Okay - I can barely turn a wrench so this may be a dumb question. I apologize in advance! :cry

    Changed the oil in my KLR. Everything went normal, but I have a persistent leak at the oil plug.

    It's an aftermarket magnetic plug, but I didn't have a leak for the last year since it's been installed.

    I tried tightening it up and that reduced the leak, but it's way tight now and there is still a few drips of oil coming out over a few hours.

    I'm going to pull the plug and dump the oil to see what's happening, but I thought I would see what the likely causes are?

    All that comes to mind is some dirt on the bottom of the engine case messing up how the plug seals.

    I've never had an oil plug related problem in my 28yrs of owning MCs so not sure what else would cause a leak.
  11. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    You tryina kill me willis?
  12. beemerjim

    beemerjim Been here awhile

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    Do you have the "crush" washer in there? I put crush in quotes, 'cause it doesn't really crush much, but I haven't had a leak with mine, so I've continued using it.
  13. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    I've only read about problems with them, but does the plug have a copper crush washer on it? I've read that they can wear out over time and not seal well.

    Oops, beemerjim beat me to it.
  14. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    I dab a thin coat of rtv on the base and washer. You can get a rubber coated washer at somewhere like NAPA. DON'T over tighten...a road to disaster.
  15. VikB

    VikB Been here awhile

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    +1 - that's why I stopped and asked for ideas. I may not be a good mechanic, but I know when I'm about to do something stupid even if I don't know what the right way to proceed is. :lol3
  16. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi

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    +1.

    Most these days are aluminum.

    If copper, and you are stuck, you can soften the old copper one. Anneal it - heat 'till glowing then cool it - makes it nice and soft to take up any bolt or case shape.

    The rubber coated ones I have found are one use only.
  17. Aprilia

    Aprilia Been here awhile

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    Nice to see someone with a little common sense :clap Pick up a new crush washer. As previously mentioned Napa sells one with a rubber seal. I use one from GM. Looks like these...

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  18. VikB

    VikB Been here awhile

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    Okay thanks guys. I didn't realize those washers were a consumable item. I'll drop the oil tomorrow and inspect the plug and hole in the engine case. If I don't see anything obviously wrong I'll just replace the washer and see what happens.

    I'll post after the weekend and let you know what happened.

    I appreciate the advice...:evil:clap
  19. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    Use a torque wrench.
    I don't have my book in front of me or I would post the proper torque.
  20. UtahGuido

    UtahGuido Long timer

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    If you can't find them locally Fred at Arrowhead sports in Moab will mail you some. Link here. Look nine rows up from the bottom, aluminum drain plug crush washer, part #20-4538.