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Old 10-18-2012, 05:18 AM   #736
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Escapist,
Thanks for your service!
Keep the KLR and you'll be less likely to hurt the 950.
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:00 PM   #737
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Thanks for the suggestions! I'll start working through those possibilities this weekend and let you guys know what I find out.

It does seem overwhelmingly likely that it has to be somehow fuel related, given that it ran fine before sitting 3 weeks. I was caught off guard when the mechanic started talking about top end rebuilds...
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:25 PM   #738
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Puke Dropped my KLR250 and spilled oil

So while loading my KLR 250 into a F350 truck bed, I dropped it because I was trying to use clutch to give me some help. n00b is all I can say. In the process I slipped off with one foot from the second ramp and lost that moment of balance to make the bike start tipping on me and forcing me to completely step down. Bike came to rest on ramps on its left side in more or less controlled manner on its side and fluid started leaking out. First I though it was gas due to smell, but it was a dark fluid, and it did stop leaking after making a plate size spot. Sooo....

1. Bike runs and oil level is within limits, however about midway between the notches on window. Down from 3/4. I will add some.
2. No observable cracks in casing or hoses. No apparent leaking.
3. I found some grey deposits on components under the chain where normal accumulation of grime would occur.
4. Chain seems to have that grey oil on it and rides wwwaaay smooth.

My question is where could that oil have come from? What should I check to ensure things are fine?
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Old 10-21-2012, 04:12 AM   #739
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My question is where could that oil have come from? What should I check to ensure things are fine?
Fuel, coolant, lubricating oil, brake fluid, battery electrolyte . . . that about exhausts my catalog of possible fluids . . . some accumulation of chain lube and/or bearing grease notwithstanding.

Your critical levels are crankcase oil and radiator coolant; you can check the others without particular urgency.

Doubt you've serious worries; top things off and keep an eye on things for subsequent seepages, cracks, leaking seals, etc. Chances are, KLR250's have sustained worse upset trauma and survivied.

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One vulnerable area for leaks-after-crash is, waterpump housing and proximate plumbing. A proper aftermarket skid plate with protective "ears" in that region reduces the possibility of wreck-induced leakage there.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:40 AM   #740
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I've never been there but could the air box have a crank case vent? I'd pull the air filter and look inside. If it runs ok and the oil level is stable, ride on.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:40 PM   #741
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Installed DRL's on my KLR250

Love the DRL's on the new cars but likely never to own one. So why not add them to the old KLR? The set I bought was from ALIEXPRESS.com. Took a few weeks delivery time from China but for only about $10 delivered why not give them a try? They are LED so they draw very little power, and I have them wired to go on with the headlight. Design wise they are very slim and fit nice with the radiator shrouds on the KLR. Enough already, on to the pictures.

Here they are right out of the box.

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These attach with screws but they are so light you could use some double sided tape.

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I made up brackets out of some mending plate that I had in the shop.

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Mounted inside the shrouds. This keeps them out of harms way if (when) things go bad.

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Here they are with the flash on on my camera.

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And here they are later in the day. I had to cover the headlight or things got washed out but they are nice and bright in the daytime and at night.

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Overall a neat little project that increases my bikes visibility:
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:24 PM   #742
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Installed the studded 130/90/17 from my old 650, the right side knobs needed some trimming to clear the muffler. The left side touches ever so slightly on the bottom flap on the chain guard, not a big issue.


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Old 11-03-2012, 07:12 PM   #743
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In your tool package you carry 20 amp car fuse. Did you swap fuse assembly for something else and what is it(model & where to buy)?

Also, can anybody tell me what fuse type to buy for my 2000 KLR 250? I suppose I can unscrew the panel, but I am lazy.
Sorry for the delayed response. I converted my glass fuse holder to the blade automotive style fuse. I now use a 20 amp atc fuse. I used a 20 amp inline blade type fuse holder from radio shack to convert it over from the glass fuse.
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2102781

I have a spare fuse taped to the inline fuse holder with electrical tape and carry and extra spare in the tool pouch as well.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:16 PM   #744
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Installed the studded 130/90/17 from my old 650, the right side knobs needed some trimming to clear the muffler.
I shimmed the exhaust outboard with a washer at the bracket to clear a 5.10-17 Kenda K270.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:24 PM   #745
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What's your next trip going to be on the mighty KLR Jr? I love reading the ride reports....
I'm not sure where to take a trip on the klr250 next. I didn't take any trips on it this year as I was gone for 29 days to Alaska on my F800GS. I burned up all of my vacation time for that trip. I'm at just over 37,000 miles on it, so the miles are starting to pile up quick on the little 250. Anymore I find myself using the GS for the long rides and using the klr for the short more dirt worthy rides.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:54 PM   #746
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I shimmed the exhaust outboard with a washer at the bracket to clear a 5.10-17 Kenda K270.

Yeah, I shimmed and twisted the muffler counter clockwise. Still had some contact so out came the razor blade. With 500 miles on these tires they still had the tits on outside of those lugs so I wasn't using them anyhow.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:15 AM   #747
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Needs some help on a KLR250...a friend is trying to run her heated suit on her 2000. The bike was good the first time running 50-65 mph for 2 hrs. But she ran around town for a couple hours and has not been able to get it working well since.

Any thoughts or suggestions...may be a higher output stator or something? Fire your thoughts or suggestion & availability of these items if there are any...
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:48 PM   #748
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Not sure the 250 charging system is up to the task of a full heated suit, my guess is the battery is run down. How much juice does the suit require? With the old weak battery my heated grips hardly worked, much better with the new battery.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:47 AM   #749
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Needs some help on a KLR250...a friend is trying to run her heated suit on her 2000. The bike was good the first time running 50-65 mph for 2 hrs. But she ran around town for a couple hours and has not been able to get it working well since.

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I'm no expert here, but if they don't work at all, I would look for a blown fuse or disconnected wire somewhere.
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:17 PM   #750
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A little added wind protection for the long cold winter. This was an aftermarket tall windshield from my old KLR 650 that was cut down. The checkered duct tape is there to stabilize a crack and give it some character. Looks like it should do a pretty good job of keeping some wind off my chest, will test it out this week.



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