Long term KLX250S review

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

  1. norton73

    norton73 drinkin' Supporter

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    I stick with 87 octane, but I use ethanol free gas. Even if I can't get ethanol free gas while out riding, I top it up with ethanol free gas before I park it.
    I also use the turn off the petcock method about a half mile before home and let it idle until it dies. Mine starts well.
    But it it a 351 with a rejetted stock carb.
  2. norton73

    norton73 drinkin' Supporter

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    I think I read you replaced the battery recently, but have you tried the battery out of the 18 yet? Quicker and easier than changing the starter as a first step.

    I guess having two similar bikes around should make troubleshooting easier.

    I am trying to convince my wife to step up from her xt225 to a klx to make parts stocking easier.
  3. jeepgeek2002

    jeepgeek2002 Long timer

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    i have an other battery i m going to swap in today.
    if that fails.. swap the starter motors.. if that doesnt work..
    im out of ideas

    i replaced the starter relay
    checked the cables
    checked all grounds
    checked relays
    Checked fuses

    How this started? a slow death.. It was running great.. then started taking long to crank and now its a slow crank.. its speeds up then slows to a crawl. then speeds up then slows down.. i hope its not the starter.. $411!!
  4. norton73

    norton73 drinkin' Supporter

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    Ouch!
  5. Lutz

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    If it is the starter - and it very well could be - I’d try replacing brushes before purchasing a whole new starter.
  6. jeepgeek2002

    jeepgeek2002 Long timer

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    i pulled the brushes out and checked them.. new are 12mm these are 11mm
    but we will find out when i swap the 2018 starter in the 09..
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  7. norton73

    norton73 drinkin' Supporter

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    Time for a kick starter kit.

    :D
  8. jeepgeek2002

    jeepgeek2002 Long timer

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  9. UtahGuido

    UtahGuido Long timer Supporter

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    I don't know about that kick start option. I put one on mine and while it worked okay for a while, would start 8 time out of 10, now its rare that I can get it to fire off with the kicker. I give up and push the button. Right now my opinion of the thing is that it looks cool and adds weight.
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  10. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Has to be the purity. Higher octane is harder to burn - the anti-knock characteristic, it takes more for it to burn. 87 should ignite easier. But it also may be a crappier blend. I run 87 in the 250, but use 89-93 in the 650.
  11. jeepgeek2002

    jeepgeek2002 Long timer

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    i got to looking on babbits on what bike shares the same starter as the Klx250s.
    found 1.. the Super Sherpa.. Same "internals" but different position of the wires..
    In theory, (and if it is the starter issue) i ll swap the old core starter with that of a super Sherpa's starter.
    On Ebay they are like $50
    next week i ll pull the starters off. and see if thats the issue.
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  12. bultacobill

    bultacobill Been here awhile

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  13. Big_John

    Big_John That'll be the day

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    Just regular 'ole gas..... At elevation up here in Colorado our options are 85, 87 and 90-91. My son tells me he can get 95 in Texas at sea level. But...I have been running 85. I will fill up with 91 next time and see if that makes a difference.


    .......
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  14. 250senuf

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    Put 99999-0073 into Google. Some sites show the price. I did it a while ago but don't remember the price, under $500US I think. The price has gone up from when I first checked a few years ago. For Canadians it's well over $600 plus shipping. Yow, I'll pass. I do carry a jump pack and have the harness to the battery, so no panel removal req'd.
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  16. jeepgeek2002

    jeepgeek2002 Long timer

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    i get $422 on most sites..
    same on Babbits.

    KIT.,KICK STARTER

    99999-0073

    Your Price: $422.22
  17. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    I ride with friends. A beer will get a bump start any day! $400+ will buy a lot of bump starts! :freaky
  18. bultacobill

    bultacobill Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info. That’s kinda steep.
  19. Frogger

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    Not sure if this is the correct thread to ask, but...

    I have an '06 KLX250. Will the 09-14 IMS 3gal tank mount onto my vintage bike cleanly and without modification? If not, does anyone have knowledge of exactly what's required to make it work?
  20. sjc56

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    What year KLX300 muffler and header will fit on an 09? Would one off a 2001 work?