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Old 08-11-2010, 04:25 PM   #1
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Adjust Valves on a KLR650

How much time does it take to adjust the valves on a klr650?

Plan on leaving for a 2000 mile ride on Friday. I am limited on time. I have four bikes, and if time permited, I would adjust the valves, if not I am just taking a differnt bike.

The KLR has about 15,000 miles on it so it should be time for the valves to be adjusted.
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:29 PM   #2
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How much time does it take to adjust the valves on a klr650?

Plan on leaving for a 2000 mile ride on Friday. I am limited on time. I have four bikes, and if time permited, I would adjust the valves, if not I am just taking a differnt bike.

The KLR has about 15,000 miles on it so it should be time for the valves to be adjusted.
When was the last time they were checked?

Also, do you have access to any shims you may need? The KLR has shim over bucket valves.

http://www.klr650.marknet.us/valves.html

I'd say for a competent mechanic, 2 hours is plenty of time.
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Old 08-11-2010, 05:51 PM   #3
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I'm at just over 42,000 miles on my '08 KLR. I have never touched the valves. The bike still runs like it's brand new. It always starts easily and idles fine and I still get over 55 mpg.
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Old 08-11-2010, 05:58 PM   #4
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You will be fine. To late to order shims anyway, unless you have a kit. Adjustment-about 2 hours, valve cover gasket reccommended. DB
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:01 PM   #5
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I did the valves on mine the second time, saturday was three weeks ago.


Both times they were getting tight.

The first interval 10 000 miles and this second one was 25 000.


Something weird about my right intake valve though, it is not changing?
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:09 PM   #6
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I'm at just over 42,000 miles on my '08 KLR. I have never touched the valves. The bike still runs like it's brand new. It always starts easily and idles fine and I still get over 55 mpg.
Yeah The 08's do have nice stellite coated/treated valves, and good seats.

wibornz:

you should at least check the clearances, it only takes about an hour to check, if its within the range your good to go. Though I am a over maintainer, the last 3 checks nothing has moved(45'000km on the od) at about 5000km they were on the tight end of the range so I moved them to the large end and its been good ever since.
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:25 PM   #7
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Yeah The 08's do have nice stellite coated/treated valves, and good seats.

wibornz:

you should at least check the clearances, it only takes about an hour to check, if its within the range your good to go. Though I am a over maintainer, the last 3 checks nothing has moved(45'000km on the od) at about 5000km they were on the tight end of the range so I moved them to the large end and its been good ever since.
I find that it takes me a bit longer, but I like to re-check everything before I button it up. I checked and moved to the wide end of being in spec at 10,000kms and there was no need to adjust at 20,000km.
I don't think that 2000 miles will really matter, fill it with oil and do them when you get back.

Mine's an 06 BTW.
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:16 PM   #8
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I ordered the kit for mine. Planning a round' the US trip. I'll have plenty of time to do it on the road, so I'm just going to do it then. Where do you live? I have 26k on mine, so I'm sure i need it more than you...
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:29 PM   #9
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I should mention that those kits are silly for the average guy. Just find out what's in your head right now, and order a few sizes lower for all 4 and your set for life.
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:35 PM   #10
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How much time does it take to adjust the valves on a klr650?

Plan on leaving for a 2000 mile ride on Friday. I am limited on time. I have four bikes, and if time permited, I would adjust the valves, if not I am just taking a differnt bike.

The KLR has about 15,000 miles on it so it should be time for the valves to be adjusted.

Yep, don't sweat it, 2000 miles would not phase a KLR valve if it was already tight! Ride have fun, come back and check them whenever you can.
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:55 PM   #11
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It takes me about four hours to do the full service. I usually split it between two nights as I like the drain the oil when it's hot and valves need to be checked cold. But first night I start draining the oil and pull the seat, gas tank, radiator fan, coil, valve cover and oil filter. Next night check valve clearance, replace any shims necessary, put in the new oil filter, button up the engine, pour in the new oil and change out the air filter (I have about 6 Twin Airs so I've always one ready to swap in). During this time I'll run my eyes over the rest of the bike looking for anything that needs some attention.
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