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KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer Supporter

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    Well, at least, they didn't get the right and the left halves mixed up with any other engine's! :lol2
  2. Munmi4

    Munmi4 Munmi

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    Stock air filter. When I removed it, I could that is was loaded so I took extra care in removing it. When I saw the mess of the screen, I went back to inspect the filter. I could see not any areas that may have been compromised or damaged. My current plan, when I can get back to working on the bike, is to remove carb then clean the screen with a spray cleaner and compressed air.
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  3. CliffElam

    CliffElam OldN00b

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    Why is that so clean? I thought removing dirt broke these things?
  4. Munmi4

    Munmi4 Munmi

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    All electrics work fine. The engine runs, seems to idle OK but roll on the throttle and all sputter and burp. At first I thought I had miscalculated my mileage and need to switch to reserve. That didn't help so turned petcock back to run....no change.
    Hoping to get some shop time Monday and dig a little deeper. Thanks for the list of troubleshooting steps.
  5. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer Supporter

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    Carburetor diaphragm intact (no holes), properly mounted? Diaphragm air leak can cause symptoms described.
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  6. Pollack

    Pollack Adventurer

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    Mine did the same thing for a good while. I thought it was electrical at first, and I fixed the side stand bypass & clutch switch. I needed to replace the fuel line and at the same time I put in a slightly larger pilot jet and I put in a smaller main jet. The main jet was for mpg and the pilot jet was for a 17 T CS and intermittent stumbles. I cleaned the carb and inspected the diaphragm. I probably need to replace it as it looked worn and didn't seat just right. The stumbles became less prevalent and after a couple days of being run hard it went away. Just my experience, ymmv.....
  7. buckthedog

    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    Those little holes in the jet can get clogged and its VERY hard to see...at least for my eyeballs. I've found guitar string is awesome at cleaning it out.

    I'd listen to any advice XDragRacer says. I've learned a lot from that guy and some others here. They've mentored me and never even knew it!!!

    BTW, as the great Bob Dylan said..."The times, they are a changin' " I've listed my 03 in the flea market. It's really been/is a great bike, and I've put on about 500 miles this week, but reality dictates that my riding is more sport-tour-y and less adventure-y, and with Covid (my wife and I are both RN's so we've been full out for a while now) 2 kids in college and more new grandkids (not from the college kids:-)) I need something faster, smoother and more comfy for 2 up. I dearly miss my old Bandit 1250. So for all you lurkers, here's your chance to be "one of us."
  8. Bakfarht

    Bakfarht Been here awhile

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    Ya these carburated thumpers needs their air flow. Biggest things I've found that affect performed are good air flow, a clean carb, and top her up with T4.
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  9. Bakfarht

    Bakfarht Been here awhile

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  10. lonegunm4n

    lonegunm4n Been here awhile

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    Factory paint markings during assembly. My '07 has a bunch of them too. All the KLRs have had them at some point in time, but most have either faded away or been washed away (be it by soap and water or mud/creek baths).
  11. lonegunm4n

    lonegunm4n Been here awhile

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    I finally replaced the front tube on my KLR. Stock Dunlop tire.

    I was surprised at how easy it was. I've replaced tires/tubes on my CT90 before, which was a bitch and a half. I've heard KLR tires can be a pain as well, and wasn't looking forward to it.

    A little corn starch on the tube, a little lube on the tire, and with 2 motion pro tire irons and my left knee, it practically slipped right on. I've got it aired up now, I am going to let it set until the morning to make sure it's going to hold air. I will probably invest in a bead buddy or a third tire iron to make it easier for trail side repairs.
  12. Bakfarht

    Bakfarht Been here awhile

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    I had no problem changing the front either, the problem I had was getting it seated properly and rolling smooth. I have a bead buddy, I'd say it's a useful tool but nothing magical. It is small and light though, easy to pack.
    I'd be interested to know, does your front have a bead lock? It looks like mine did, but was removed at some point.
  13. KPfromCT

    KPfromCT Adventurer

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    My 2008 has similar markings on the bottom of the case halves and I've owned it since day 1. I have no clue what they mean.
  14. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy Supporter

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    Get a pair of those really small vice grips. Not only will they hold the tire, they could come in handy for other repairs.
    https://www.amazon.com/VISE-GRIP-Or...eywords=mini+vice+grips&qid=1601321742&sr=8-3
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  15. BigFatAl

    BigFatAl Long timer

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    I’ve carried and used 2 pairs of the smallest vice grips for years to change tires but lately I’ve been carrying 2 of these.They work just as good PLUS you can use them to break the bead and they don’t tear up the rim.
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  16. lonegunm4n

    lonegunm4n Been here awhile

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    No bead lock. Mine was never taken off road before it came to me. It had 5k miles on it, and was used as a once a year ride for a servicemember in North Carolina.
  17. lonegunm4n

    lonegunm4n Been here awhile

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  18. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Super Ordinary

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    Yeah, the Motion Pro Bead Buddy is worth whatever it costs. (Your amazon listing shows amazon at its worst...Please support the company that invented, perfected and manufactures the real thing. Or not. Just my thing...)

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  19. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy Supporter

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    Just double up a rag and use that to protect the rim.
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  20. FlatlandKSBrett

    FlatlandKSBrett Been here awhile

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    I'll just leave this here...

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