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Old 05-12-2012, 05:03 AM   #1
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KLR Clicking

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kKva...ature=youtu.be


best guess on what this clicking is?
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:07 AM   #2
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Don't know,but i wouldn't run it much till ya find out.good luck,how many miles on it?
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:09 AM   #3
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just under 20,000. Thinking of buying, but wanted to have an idea of the cause and severity before doing so....
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:18 AM   #4
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just under 20,000. Thinking of buying, but wanted to have an idea of the cause and severity before doing so....
Sounds really bad. Unless it's almost free, don't buy it. It's more than likely to cost a lot more money than it's worth in the end to fix it. There are plenty of well loved used KLRs out there.
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:24 AM   #5
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Can you tell where it's coming from? If it's coming from the head area, it's probably due to oil starvation causing the cam and journals to burn/wear out and is an expensive repair.



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Old 05-12-2012, 06:25 AM   #6
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I love the early gen. KLR (I have a 2009) but I would try to land at least into the 90's with one, couple years newer, do some Craig's searches, lots to pick from specially if you are willing to fly and ride. You could dump 700$ into that motor if it's not something simple...
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:14 AM   #7
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Yeah.
That sounds bad.
I wouldn't buy that unless you can get it for dirt cheap.
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:14 AM   #8
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pull the oil filter & look for aluminum flakes. that sound happens when the engine is run low on oil.... the right exhaust cam journal is last in line for lube, and first to starve. the journal in the head gets galled and it chews the crap out of the aluminum. if there is a bunch of ground up alu (not magnetic) in the filter, that's what it is. I have fixed a couple by flushing the engine and replacing the head. the head can be repaired by welding but it is usually cheaper to get a user off of flebay. easy fix if the price is right


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you can verify by measuring the clearance of the right ex valve too.... it will be way huge because of the missing metal
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:36 AM   #9
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Sounds like the balancer chain,the doo hickey adjuster is more than likely toast,I just went through the same thing on my 92 KLR.This could also be top end,cams starved for oil,if this bike was run low on oil,I would pass,expense fix.
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Old 05-12-2012, 03:34 PM   #10
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Click link below to see what it sounds like. I had the same sound.
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Old 05-12-2012, 04:28 PM   #11
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Thanks people. I was hoping for simple. The asking price is 975. Bike looks nice, but it sounds like there is a good chance of a money pit under that head. I will cool my jets on this for a couple days, so as not to make a bad decision.

Thanks for all the quick responses.
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:08 PM   #12
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For a used head and a 685 kit I paid 750.

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Old 05-12-2012, 06:48 PM   #13
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and now it runs great right? it should.

P/S you also need to pull the rt side engine cover to clean the oil pick up screen. they are notoriously full if rubbish even if you don't have the cam problem. on an older bike like the OP's you will want to change the water pump's oil seal & mechanical seal while you are in there. there is a little "O" ring on the impeller too. prolly want a fresh cover gasket. all easy work.... about $50 for that pile of parts.


P.P.S. the 685/688 mod needs a '96 or newer cylinder... which will bolt right on no problem. also, there are no stock rings for the pre '08s unless you luck into some NOS. the current production stock (and OS) rings do not fit the Gen I piston, so if the rings are going to be changed the the piston has to be a new style too.

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