Rebuild time?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mike151, Dec 24, 2018.

  1. mike151

    mike151 Adventurer

    Aug 26, 2016
    My 2008 KLR650 recently has started running very hot.
    I did some troubleshooting which included hooking up some hoses to my water pump, priming it with water and putting them in a bucket. Started the bike. No water flow. Eureka! I was happy I found the source until I opened up the water pump cover and the impeller fell off in my hand. The impeller shaft had sheered off. After searching and searching, I found Sgt Mike's post on how to fix this.
    This is WAY outside of my skillset as I'm a computer engineer not a mechanic.

    So, I'm going to pop the cover back on the water pump ( or lack thereof) until I can decide my next steps.

    1. Take it to the local shop and get a quote. I'm thinking that if it's going to be opened up that I should have the dohickey and bearings looked at along with anything else that might need to be serviced. It has 22K miles on it. Any idea what a shop would charge for such a repair that would be fair? My local shop charges 95 bucks an hour. So if I knew how many hours....

    2. Find someone on here in North Texas that has deep knowledge in these engines and loves to work on them to take on the task with me as a project. I have the money to pay for parts and help.
    My location is Sherman, TX (North of Dallas and south of Durant OK.)

    Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated!
    Love this bike and it makes me sad that I can't go out and ride it right now on Christmas eve.
  2. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

    Nov 14, 2006
    Peoples republic of Kalifornia, East...Kolarado
    Not an easy decision. Probably in your case, taking to a shop is a more reliable solution. If you know of someone you trust as a decent tech on things and has done it before, that would be great. But lots of people who think they know, are not really good tech's, and as such the reliability of their work would be in question. The shop, hopefully would stand by their work if it failed.
    You could ask in the local area part of this site for someone who has done it before and would be willing to help you. I think SGTMarty is on KLR world as well, you might ask there.
    Post your question in the "regional forums" under" Tejas and gulf states"
    You are more likely to get help there, or in Thumpers/KLR In bikes
  3. mike151

    mike151 Adventurer

    Aug 26, 2016
    That’s good advice. I think I’ll get a quote from the shop and then go from there. I talk to my wife about it this morning and where in agreement that is probably the best solution. I’m kind of a big guy so I was also considering a big bore kit. In my younger days my XT 500 would easily pull the front wheel off the ground in second gear. This bike I got a really clutch it in first gear to get it to come up. Part of that was probably the Large dude sitting in the saddle. I’m just not sure how much more Power I would get out of a big bore.
  4. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

    Sep 21, 2010
    get one of them aquarium pumps and put it in line ?

    i know, too easy, but it's good enough for Chevrolet

  5. MrBob

    MrBob In the Pines. Supporter

    Oct 27, 2005
    Boulder CO and Tallahassee, FL
    Checking in with Sgt. Marty is good advice.
  6. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

    Jul 23, 2010
    Central Mn
    How has this bike been for oil consumption, Mike?
    You had it since new?
  7. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer Supporter

    Oct 26, 2004
    Anchorage, formerly Spenard (hub of the universe)
    you can change that shaft with the engine in the bike.... no need for a total stripdown.
    Bigger Al and larryboy like this.
  8. P 0 P E Y E

    P 0 P E Y E Bald rider Supporter

    Nov 13, 2008
    southern Connecticut U S A
    Youtube to the rescue.

    Check out some vids and use that info to make a decision if the job is over your head.

    Or give it a shot.

    Some basic righty tighty technology

    For many of us multi bike wing nuts... performing our own R & m is mandatory
    For economic reasons.