Long term KLX250S review

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

  1. streakerfreak

    streakerfreak Adventurer

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    Posted up in the Northeast section.

    Took to riding overnight. There is not much else I enjoy more then exploring on the bike.
  2. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    When you do find somebody to help, you can probably get them to help you install a 351 kit too.

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  3. lobolator

    lobolator Been here awhile

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    ...good tutorial on valve check and shim change (if needed) on Kawasakiforums. Go to the KLX250 section. Lots of good info, much of which has been compiled from here.
    If you see a KLX from NH with Duppy Conqueror stickers on it parked at Sally O'Briens, come in and check out the show(if you like reggae), I'll buy you a beer(not in the band just friends with them).
  4. streakerfreak

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    Eh, I'm happy with the bike the way it is.

    Just moved the girlfriend from Somerville. I've seen a few KLXs around the Boston area since moving back.
  5. Aron31

    Aron31 Been here awhile

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    Any of you ever had any issues with odd ticking noises?

    Story is I bought a used 2009 with 125 miles of in a couple months back. It's been slowly developing this noise from then on. Bike is basically stock. Oil got changes at 200 miles and again at 500. It only has a shade under 800 now.

    My best guess is valves loose or cam chain. But with the amount of miles on it neither really make sense to me. Anyone got any ideas?
  6. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I agree on cam chain. There have been several people here who have gone to the manual cam chain tensioner ($70-ish) to cure various noises. Hopefully they'll chime in soon.

    Rob
  7. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    The Mark Kreiger manual cam chain tensioner is only about $35-$40. I helped Mark by using my '06 KLX as the test bed for the tensioner. It's simple, and it works. If you're one of those with the sub par OEM tensioner, this is the easy, inexpensive fix. Long term operation with that noise will cause premature wear on the cam chain.
  8. 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/
  9. 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
  10. 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...
  11. brieninsac

    brieninsac Been here awhile

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

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    No, and yes in that order. :)

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  13. CHECK_OIL

    CHECK_OIL Been here awhile

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    +1

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

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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.
  15. Rob.G

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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
  16. 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?
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    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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Lutz

    Lutz Killer 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.