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Old 03-15-2013, 05:37 PM   #5521
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April 2013 Cycle World tests five adventure bike for 'Riding from Armageddon the road to Salvation Mountain'. Test bikes included: Husqvarna TR650 Terra, Kawasaki KLR, KTM 990, Triumph Tiger 800XC, and Yamaha Super Tenere. And the winner is what Blake Conner called...the 'AK-47 of adventure bikes'...the KLR 650.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:21 PM   #5522
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I know this might sound stupid, but my buddy here in Alberta has a 2013 KLR, and he was wondering if he sould be doing the Doo-hicky thing...

Have the newer KLR units been fixed of this problem ???

From Jeathrow Bowdean in Western Canada.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:34 PM   #5523
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I know this might sound stupid, but my buddy here in Alberta has a 2013 KLR, and he was wondering if he sould be doing the Doo-hicky thing...

Have the newer KLR units been fixed of this problem ???

From Jeathrow Bowdean in Western Canada.
He should do it, but he doesnt have to do it yesterday.
When he has a chance or during winter.
The 2008 and newer doo itself has been upgraded and is pretty stout but the spring is still junk.
Eagle mikes doo fits the shaft better also.
Eagle mike also offers a torsion spring option.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:59 PM   #5524
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Thanks for the feed back Gas Guy. I figured that he would be good for a while with it stock for now. I see some dudes run a few years with no problem, but you are right about the time thing. "Winter Project."

Thanks from Jeathrow...
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:24 PM   #5525
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just pickin some brains.
radiator fan hasnt worked since I got the KLR...started tracing...fan works, relay works, temp sensor works..cannot short the relay to get the fan working...I checked voltage going into the relay; nada....
Checked all fuses I could find; all good..break in the wire somewhere I suppose..
any other ideas?
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:57 PM   #5526
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just pickin some brains.
radiator fan hasnt worked since I got the KLR...started tracing...fan works, relay works, temp sensor works..cannot short the relay to get the fan working...I checked voltage going into the relay; nada....
Checked all fuses I could find; all good..break in the wire somewhere I suppose..
any other ideas?

did you check all 3 fuse's and try a new relay what year
and the klr650dotnet is a good place to ask also
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:00 PM   #5527
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Anyone have any info on an Eagle Mike cheap HP and Torque mod by advancing the exhaust cam 1 tooth? There is a dyno sheet on one of the other forums. Any KLR riders try this mod?
I did mine a couple weeks ago. I definitely recommend it (it's free). Overall the bike feels much smoother. That's about it though.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:53 PM   #5528
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I did mine a couple weeks ago. I definitely recommend it (it's free). Overall the bike feels much smoother. That's about it though.
What year is your bike ?
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:54 PM   #5529
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What year is your bike ?
2011, i meant to include that.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:56 PM   #5530
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I know this might sound stupid, but my buddy here in Alberta has a 2013 KLR, and he was wondering if he sould be doing the Doo-hicky thing...

Have the newer KLR units been fixed of this problem ???

From Jeathrow Bowdean in Western Canada.
As previously mentioned the Doo itself is much better but the spring is far too long. At the very least he needs to pull the ignition cover and visually inspect that the lever is under tension. I've seen many GenII's with less than 2000 miles and have no tension but I've also seen several with over 10K and still had tension. For a 15 min inspection its well worth not having to replace over $250 in worn out parts due to slack balancer chain.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:53 PM   #5531
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just pickin some brains.
radiator fan hasnt worked since I got the KLR...started tracing...fan works, relay works, temp sensor works..cannot short the relay to get the fan working...I checked voltage going into the relay; nada....
Checked all fuses I could find; all good..break in the wire somewhere I suppose..
any other ideas?
What year KLR?
The fuse for the fan on the Gen I KLR is located under the right side plastic under the gas tank.
And this may help you as well
http://www.klr650.marknet.us/tech-coolingfan.html
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:45 AM   #5532
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What year KLR?
The fuse for the fan on the Gen I KLR is located under the right side plastic under the gas tank.
And this may help you as well
http://www.klr650.marknet.us/tech-coolingfan.html
Its an 07. I did find a fuse there. Still good
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:51 AM   #5533
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I know this might sound stupid, but my buddy here in Alberta has a 2013 KLR, and he was wondering if he sould be doing the Doo-hicky thing...

Have the newer KLR units been fixed of this problem ???

From Jeathrow Bowdean in Western Canada.
Jeathrow, I just did my '12 not just 3 days ago, so funny you should ask, haha. Mine was fine, but the spring was too long as usual. The second gens(08 up) are a one peice and much better doohickey. But after putting in Eagle Mikes upgraded one, you can tell the difference. and the torsion spring versus the stock stretch one keeps better tension on it. So all in all, I would still recommend doing the upgrade, but it's not as critical as the first gens were. He can get by for awhile just fine. Mines got 6000miles now and was doing good except for the too long spring as I mentioned. I'm hoping it was the cause of the mysterious 'springy' noise it has once warmed up. The dealer couldn't even find anything wrong. But knowing that the doo spring was too long, it probably was just bouncing in there I spose. Good Luck!
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:13 AM   #5534
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Its an 07. I did find a fuse there. Still good
Then you may have a bad fan relay. For a substitue test for diagnosis, the starting circuit relay is identical to the fan relay (Generation 1 only; Generation 2 don't have no stinkin' fan relay). Exchange, then short the thermal switch lead (bottom of radiator) to ground.

If your fan relay contacts close under that condition, and your fan still doesn't rotate, looks like a bad fan motor. Further test: Connect 12 VDC directly to fan motor terminals and see what happens.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:05 AM   #5535
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Then you may have a bad fan relay. For a substitue test for diagnosis, the starting circuit relay is identical to the fan relay (Generation 1 only; Generation 2 don't have no stinkin' fan relay). Exchange, then short the thermal switch lead (bottom of radiator) to ground.

If your fan relay contacts close under that condition, and your fan still doesn't rotate, looks like a bad fan motor. Further test: Connect 12 VDC directly to fan motor terminals and see what happens.
Thanks for all the help...found it.. I double checked the fuse, it had a small break I couldnt see at first glance.
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