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Old 02-11-2013, 06:49 PM   #5071
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Mine's an 08. It uses bucketloads of oil.
I don't call that reliable at all.

It was leaking through the gear selector seal and the counter sprocket seal. Replaced them, leaks stopped. Still losing buckets of oil. Now also a leak through the oil filler cap. Fix that next.

Yeah I know about all the "fixes" but they cost plenty. I bought a cheaper bike for a reason, and only after I bought it and rode it and then researched it did I find out about the 08 problems.

I'm bummed and it makes me not want to ride it :(
Sick of pouring stacks of oil in after every 200-500km ride. Boo.

Now I'm trying to decide whether I just sell it or pay the bucks for a new cylinder etc, which I can't really afford.
.. not being a wise-guy .. have you got your sag set correctly??
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:19 PM   #5072
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.. not being a wise-guy .. have you got your sag set correctly??
sag? as in suspension?

how does that relate????
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:56 PM   #5073
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Mine's an 08. It uses bucketloads of oil.
I don't call that reliable at all.

It was leaking through the gear selector seal and the counter sprocket seal. Replaced them, leaks stopped. Still losing buckets of oil. Now also a leak through the oil filler cap. Fix that next.

Yeah I know about all the "fixes" but they cost plenty. I bought a cheaper bike for a reason, and only after I bought it and rode it and then researched it did I find out about the 08 problems.

I'm bummed and it makes me not want to ride it :(
Sick of pouring stacks of oil in after every 200-500km ride. Boo.

Now I'm trying to decide whether I just sell it or pay the bucks for a new cylinder etc, which I can't really afford.
Sell it, buy another bike of your choosing. clearly you are not happy and it is not for you.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:05 PM   #5074
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sag? as in suspension?

how does that relate????
.. to much tension on that counter sprocket .. though that does not account for all of the leaks ..
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:29 PM   #5075
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.. to much tension on that counter sprocket .. though that does not account for all of the leaks ..
Cool, thanks :)

Yep, checked that... well and truly not too tight.

I do understand that seals only last so long.... the bike has 20,000km on it. The replacement seals were cheap and they have stopped any leaking.

Problem is that the cylinder fix (and all things bike related it seems) isn't as cheap here as it is in the US....
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:42 AM   #5076
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Unfortunately when I decided to go back to stock I did it all at once. Had I taken each setting and systematically tested each one separately I might have noticed something.

I am very sceptical of the 'tribal' knowledge (based upon hype, hearesay and butt dyno's) that goes around and around, endlessly purpetrated as 'fact'. Unless the data is based upon decent logic, proper workmanship, instruments and can be replicated, it is assumption, opinion and herd mentality.

What I did notice was that my milage came back to respectable. 45-48 usually cruising at an indicated 75-80. Worst was 32 going (3-4th gears) up towards Glacier NP into a brutal 50-60mph head wind. Best was 58mpg at the same speeds going up central FL and AL with a 20mph tailwind!

Running a 685. My plugs are always a nice white to slight gray. The change back was made 35K miles ago. Very happy with stock.
Do you recommend the .22 cent mod or not even that?
Also do you run a stock exhaust as well or not?
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:23 PM   #5077
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Do you recommend the .22 cent mod or not even that?
Also do you run a stock exhaust as well or not?
If your bike starts/run good with no lean surge leave it stock. If you get a lean surge do the .22 cent mod. If you want better throttle response throughout then go with KLX needle kit but just don't over do the main jet as mileage suffers. Properly jetted the KLR should be getting 48-52mpg in mixed riding.
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:31 PM   #5078
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Do you recommend the .22 cent mod or not even that?
Also do you run a stock exhaust as well or not?
I do recommend the 22 cent mod for the reasons Aprillia says, just to take the surge out.

Stock exhaust with a 1/4" hole drilled through the center of the exhaust mesh cone inside - why? Because I wanted to. I have a 6" pipe that is 1/8" larger than stock welded over the exit hole extended backwards to take the hot gas out further back. I believe that is has the correct back pressure for where I ride most of the time, 3-6k rpm. Making more noise or looking cool is not my thing. KLR's sound like a box of rocks with whatever pipe is on.
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:45 PM   #5079
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MC mod

Anyone check out EMs (and partner) new free hp mod? I didn't see a post here but it might have slipped by me.... If anyone is curious you can search it at .net or I can post the procedure. A free 7-10% hp? Who could complain???
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:46 PM   #5080
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Anyone check out EMs (and partner) new free hp mod? I didn't see a post here but it might have slipped by me.... If anyone is curious you can search it at .net or I can post the procedure. A free 7-10% hp? Who could complain???
Post it up.
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:53 PM   #5081
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I did it to my bike. It's just advancing the exhaust cam 1 tooth. I hadn't ridden my bike in 2 months so I can't say if it feels like a noticeable improvement or not. It still runs good though.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:17 PM   #5082
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I wanna do it, I am just waiting for Mike to test it on a head with hot cams and OS valves before I do it. He thinks it will only amplify the effect but I want him to be sure all the clearances check out... No noticeable difference though, huh?
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:56 PM   #5083
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I just can't compare because i don't remember. Also i was farting around with the carb and airbox.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:09 PM   #5084
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Got cha. Heck, I trust EMs #s anyway, that guy is on top of the KLR game and a seriously nice guy. I can't wait to see the results of the stroker!!!!
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:57 PM   #5085
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Wiring

Starting to think about my '08 again now that the snow's slowly disappearing around here. Since I've got some pieces taken off while the bike's in storage I might as well have a good look at the wiring harness. I had the new one installed on the recall just last year so it should still be good. Has anyone got a good idea of the most likely wear though points that I should concentrate on protecting? (pics would be nice...) Is there something better than electrical tape that I can easily apply without having to disconnect all the wires?
Thanks Guys!
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