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Old 02-10-2013, 08:18 PM   #33061
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A new piston, ring set, wrist pin and circlips, base gasket, head gasket, valve cover gasket, and new bolts for the head and cam cover ran about $160. Best price I've seen on the Athena is $750. Even if I end up needing a new cylinder (crossing my fingers that I won't) its another $350 or so for the factory piece. More than likely I'd try to return or resell the piston set and send my cylinder to Thumper Racing, and send them the head too to clean it up as well.

I ordered:
New piston, rings, gaskets, pin, clips, and bolts, plus a timing chain just in case (it was only $18)
New clutch and throttle cables
New thermostat (motor's coming apart, why not)
New factory tool kit (I love the crappy little thing, it actually works well trailside in my experience with a few small supplements)
A couple drain plugs and gaskets
A couple oil filters
R kickstand and spring for the eventual set of dirt wheels
Oil seal and o-ring for front sprocket (pretty sure mine's leaking)
some misc blind (GYTR timing plug covers and 1-1/8" handlebar mounts)
and a whole host of misc bolts and hardware that I know are either corroded, somewhat rounded, or been used a lot and should be replaced.


But first I have to get the $(&#ing swingarm off. Here's a hint kids... TAKE THE DAMN SWINGARM OFF AT LEAST EVERY 6 MONTHS! I let mine ride for close to a year and a half, and its frozen solid. I fortunately found a used swingarm on ebay complete with a new pivot bolt and bearings for less than the price of a new bearing set from Yamaha, so if worst comes to fun I'll end up cutting the bastard out.

That sucks! Does that mean that MY motor should only last around 43,000 miles as well?
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:08 PM   #33062
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That sucks! Does that mean that MY motor should only last around 43,000 miles as well?
Entirely depends on a) luck, b) how you ride c) conditions you ride in and d) how well you keep your motorcycle serviced.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:50 AM   #33063
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I ran Cheng Shin Barracudas on my KLX250 for close to a year and loved them on the street.








And they came in 21/18 sizes that fit perfectly.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:25 AM   #33064
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I ran Cheng Shin Barracudas on my KLX250 for close to a year and loved them on the street.

And they came in 21/18 sizes that fit perfectly.
Did you take notes on fuel economy??? Would be interesting to know the difference.

I changed the stock Deathwings to K270's but changed gearing to 14x49 so it was hard to conclude about the fuel economy.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:34 AM   #33065
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Avon distanzias. Just don't get the 110 rear, a little skinny looking.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:09 AM   #33066
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I've had good success with Shinko 705son my KLR for street duty. I'm sure they'd be great on the WR.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:14 AM   #33067
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Today I broke down and bought a new wheelset to mount street tires on the WRR.. I'm not interested in changing the brake caliper mounts as in the "X" front wheel conversion. Way too much work. So.....I simply bought another set of R wheels and I'll spoon a set of street rubber on them to de-complicate the swap procedures.

Can anyone recommend a set of tires (21 in front)that are mostly street oriented? I had a set of Kenda 761's on my previous KLR, but they were low quality, not all that sticky, and the front cupped badly. I firmly believe there are better tires out there. Anyone cross this bridge before?

Thanx!
These are rated 80/20 street/dirt. I'm using them to drive up to Alaska this summer, before changing to a more off road DOT set

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Old 02-11-2013, 05:50 AM   #33068
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Today I broke down and bought a new wheelset to mount street tires on the WRR.. I'm not interested in changing the brake caliper mounts as in the "X" front wheel conversion. Way too much work. So.....I simply bought another set of R wheels and I'll spoon a set of street rubber on them to de-complicate the swap procedures.

Can anyone recommend a set of tires (21 in front)that are mostly street oriented? I had a set of Kenda 761's on my previous KLR, but they were low quality, not all that sticky, and the front cupped badly. I firmly believe there are better tires out there. Anyone cross this bridge before?

Thanx!
Not sure if by "street rubber" you mean dual sport tires, or strictly road tires.

The OEM Trailwings are decent pavement and gravel road tires, long lasting, and I bet you can find a set of take-offs with almost no mileage, for very cheap.

If you don't like that idea, IRC-GP1 are good tires (at least on my DR650), and Shinko 705s are popular and look good.

If more road-oriented, this IRC GS-11 looks interesting:

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Old 02-11-2013, 06:01 AM   #33069
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A great tire for doing pavement and light dirt duty. Excellent tire in the rain, too.



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These are rated 80/20 street/dirt. I'm using them to drive up to Alaska this summer, before changing to a more off road DOT set

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Old 02-11-2013, 06:28 AM   #33070
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My fuel economy stayed about the same, it certainly rode smoother though. They are fairly cheap too but not at all dirt friendly.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:49 AM   #33071
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Thanks for the replies everyone. Exactly what I was looking for.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:50 AM   #33072
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A great tire for doing pavement and light dirt duty. Excellent tire in the rain, too.



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I use these on my KLR for street and easy dirt and they work great. I also have one on the front of my Super Tenere and 7.5K miles it still looks great.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:03 AM   #33073
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Someone recommended to me and I am going to try this year....Kenda 270's. They are cheap, so worth a try.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:08 AM   #33074
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i have 2 set's of 21/18's also as i wanted the same thing, easy swap & i can do all i need on the street rubbers then a quick swap out to go up north in the dirt on non-dot, soft compound dunlops for max traction off-road. i personally don't want a compromise tire in either situation which is exactly what dot knob's are by design. i want street tires on the street & dirt tires in the dirt, i am either commuting to work during the week or hitting the trails on the weekend so my riding is segmented perfectly for this. yes it's a bit pricey but i have been running this setup for 2 years now & i couldn't be happier and i am sure you will be too.

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Today I broke down and bought a new wheelset to mount street tires on the WRR.. I'm not interested in changing the brake caliper mounts as in the "X" front wheel conversion. Way too much work. So.....I simply bought another set of R wheels and I'll spoon a set of street rubber on them to de-complicate the swap procedures.

Can anyone recommend a set of tires (21 in front)that are mostly street oriented? I had a set of Kenda 761's on my previous KLR, but they were low quality, not all that sticky, and the front cupped badly. I firmly believe there are better tires out there. Anyone cross this bridge before?

Thanx!
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:09 AM   #33075
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Someone recommended to me and I am going to try this year....Kenda 270's. They are cheap, so worth a try.
Kind of squirmy in the corners.
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