Long term KLX250S review

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by bmwhd, Dec 2, 2005.

  1. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Strange that the OEM tensioner went this soon, but for the plain dismal track record of those things, some of them got to be failing early.

    No affiliation whatsoever, but just another happy owner of Krieger's manual cam chain adjuster. http://www.kriegercamchaintensioners.com/
  2. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Whoops, my bad. Thought they were more costly than that.

    I'm going to do one when I do my 351 kit... whenever that happens.

    Rob
  3. Jon_PDX

    Jon_PDX Long timer

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    I'm no expert but my best guess is if it was a 2009 with only 125 miles on it maybe the cam chain tensioner is gummed up from sitting so long without use. If so I'd be tempted to remove it, inspect it, and if it looks ok then give it a good cleaning and see what happens.

    Just a thought,

    Jon...
  4. brieninsac

    brieninsac Been here awhile

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    Does the cam adjuster add anything in performance and is it an easy install?
  5. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    No, and yes in that order. :)

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  6. CHECK_OIL

    CHECK_OIL Been here awhile

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    +1

    Do it...If the cam chain jumps ur F-ed:deal
  7. Aron31

    Aron31 Been here awhile

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    Took a little video. Don't know if it anyone can hear the noise. It's just a light ticking.

    I removed the tensioner and made sure it wasn't gummed up or anything. Made sure it went all the way out. Then reset it and put it back in. It only clicked about twice before it stopped. So it wouldn't appear the chain is wore or anything. Maybe checking the valves wouldn't hurt. At least would rule that out. Anyone have specs for an 09. My kawi manual hasn't come in yet.

    I would just buy a tensioner at this point if I hadn't just dropped over 500 on my klr to get it back in good running condition. So the tensioner will have to wait at least another pay period.
  8. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I can't play the video at work to listen... but can you hear it at idle? If so, get a long screwdriver and use it like a stethoscope and see if you can pinpoint where the sound is coming from. If it's coming from the head area, then it might be the valves.

    Rob
  9. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Does it go away with slight RPM increase? Is there a centrifical decomp on the cams? Those can tick a bit, might need an idle adjustment?
  10. Aron31

    Aron31 Been here awhile

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    Well I tried several ways. Video just won't work... Damn photobucket.

    I can hear it at idle. With slight rpm increase it goes away. But approaching 6k comes back again.
  11. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    video works for me. I don't hear the classic "rocks shaking in a coffee can" sound like mine did, but it's hard to tell on my cheapo laptop speaker. Around 6K rpm is the right range though for a CCT issue.
  12. Aron31

    Aron31 Been here awhile

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    Oh I see. It just doesn't have a pic preview. Just the "?" thing. But if you click on it it will still take you to the vid.
  13. Lutz

    Lutz Fuzzy Rabbit

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    While I'm always skeptical of internet troubleshooting, and I can't say for sure I hear it in the video, by your description it really does fit a cam chain tensioner problem. At least in early stages you may hear it at idle, and it becomes very prounounced in the 'approaching' 6000 RPM range, then quiets back down at higher engine speeds. Have you ridden it since removing and reinstalling the tensioner? As a temporary measure, you may want to try the method of 'manually adjusting' the automatic tensioner, just to see if it quiets it down.
  14. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Yes, fair method of diagnosis, but keep it "temporary" as Lutz suggests. Krieger gives a very good explanation of why this method puts too much tension on the cam chain and can be damaging.
  15. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Anyone happen to know the axle diameter of a 2007 KLX250S?
  16. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck

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    Does anybody know for sure if the IMS fuel tank for the KLX300 will fit on an '06 250? I see a lot of conflicting info on the web.
  17. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    Well, I think the conflicting info centers more on the KLX300 tanks fitting the '09 and later models. I have the '06 KLX250S with the KLX300 Acerbis 3.7 gal. tank. Fits perfectly. The '06 and '07 250S are the same bike. I think the major differences came with the '09.
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    I had another member offer to sell a SW Motech skid but can't find a lot of info anywhere. No one seems to recognize it at the Kawasaki forums.

    Does anyone have pics of this plate on the bike?

    I see the pics at Twisted Throttle (not installed on a bike) and it has an odd angular look with a lot of cutouts. Might look great on the bike though.

    Good/bad feedback from real users?
  19. Lutz

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    I believe the IMS tank uses bolt on shrouds (unlike the acerbis 3.7), and you'll need the right shrouds for the tank. The KLX300 used different shrouds than the KLX250S of any year. But other than that, as TNC points out, a 300 tank will fit a 250S (even an '09+ with a bit of massaging).
  20. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck

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    Thanks for the info. I will try it. I can buy an IMS tank, and 300 shrouds easily. I don't want the hassle of all the 'tweaking' with the Acerbis Exxon Valdez tank. I had a Clarke for a week and got frustrated and sold it. I wasn't impressed with the fit and I didn't care for distorting my seat pan.