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Old 09-22-2014, 01:40 PM   #1
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KLR Petcock kits

On ebay it seems buying a whole new petcock is cheaper than buying the kit with the diaphragm and gaskets? There are tons of chinese knockoffs, but I'm seeing what look likes either NOS or OEM for ~20 and the kits are ~25. Plus there's always the manual from eaglemike. Anybody have some wisdom here?
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Old 09-22-2014, 01:43 PM   #2
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I bought a whole manual petcock from a reputable guy on eBay, works fine. Keep it simple, silly.
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Old 09-23-2014, 06:36 AM   #3
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Go manual. Easy fix and less to screw up.
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Old 09-23-2014, 05:09 PM   #4
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That's the route I'll take given theres not a cheaper fix. There is no way to get a kit for less than $28
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Old 09-23-2014, 06:16 PM   #5
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I prefer the manual petcock. I bought mine directly from Ron Ayers using the Yamaha part number 5LP-24500-00-00. It's the same one that Eagle Mike sells and it's from a Yamaha Raptor. I had other stuff to order from Ron Ayers at the same time so it was no skin off of my back to order that part from them as well.
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Old 09-23-2014, 06:21 PM   #6
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Go manual from eaglemike and never look back.
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:21 PM   #7
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Go manual.

The kits on eBay that are no-name, and the parts from genuine Kawasaki usually do not produce a reliable petcock 85% of the time.

Something about the factory assembling them at the start matters. I have seen and tried to rebuild so many vacuum-operated Kawasaki fuel petcocks and seen them not work consistently that I know the only reliable options are:

1.) Buy a new genuine Kawasaki petcock that is over $100, buy the entire unit new with all internal parts installed.

2.) Get a manual type off of eBay and go on your way with no more problems from an unnecessary and complicated failure-prone gizmo only created to appease some wanker lawyer somewhere.
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Old 10-18-2014, 04:42 AM   #8
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The Raptor petcock (from Eagle Mike or any Yamaha dealer) has a shorter main intake tube which will leave you with less range after switching to reserve. The reserve starts down in the thin points of the KLR tank so it's a big difference.

I like the gallon of reserve that the stock petcock provides. I have a Raptor petcock but I lengthened the main intake to match the stock one.

If you don't mind a short reserve range then the manual Raptor petcock is great. To me maintaining reserve range is worth more than the few dollars the difference in the petcocks or rebuild kits.
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Old 10-18-2014, 09:55 PM   #9
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Use a pair of pliers and CAREFULLY remove the fuel tubes from the KLR petcock and transfer them to the Raptor petcock. This will keep your reserve range the same.
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Old 10-19-2014, 06:35 PM   #10
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Eagle mikes manual and never worry, just need to be in the shut off habit.
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Old 10-19-2014, 08:05 PM   #11
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I prefer the manual petcock. I bought mine directly ..... using the Yamaha part number 5LP-24500-00-00. It's the same one that Eagle Mike sells and it's from a Yamaha Raptor......
This is how it's done. Simple.
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:07 AM   #12
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klr petcock modders ... where r u?

im pulling the stock klr petcock apart this farkle season/winter..

Im pretty sure you can throw away the vacuum pull rod / diaphram .. and for 50 cents make a gasket and new backer plate... then just use the remaining stock klr fuel shut off as "manual"..

someone else must have already done this.. ???
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:20 AM   #13
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im pulling the stock klr petcock apart this farkle season/winter..

Im pretty sure you can throw away the vacuum pull rod / diaphram .. and for 50 cents make a gasket and new backer plate... then just use the remaining stock klr fuel shut off as "manual"..

someone else must have already done this.. ???

yep, did it years ago. no issues except a couple of times fuel has leaked when I forgotten to turn tap off
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:43 AM   #14
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yep, did it years ago. no issues except a couple of times fuel has leaked when I forgotten to turn tap off
thanks for confirming... I'll post up the pictures of the mod this winter and let others decide if this cost saving mod is for them.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:36 AM   #15
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here's your plate
http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=89987
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