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Old 04-18-2013, 05:19 PM   #5971
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Everything looks OK at this point. Valve clearances are great. Is this a weeper or just draining off outside of tube by gravity?

This is an '09, does the timing chain tensioner need any attention at 3100mi?

Do the stock tensioners tend to stretch chains? This early?

Also some silicone-ish sealant was applied to the cover gasket, at the factory I assume. But only on the area around the cam chain. Anyone know what the sealant is exactly? It was very thin when applied.

That oil on the cam bearing could easily be there because of splash. I cannot imagine that the O-ring is bad after only 3100mi. But what I believe won't help. You may want to check the integrity and snugness of the O-ring.

I don't think tensioners are over strong.

The Clymer manual and the Kawi manual for the KLR600 both say to apply sealant only around the chain case. Not too much or you risk pieces breaking off and clogging the oil intake. I use high-temp copper RTV. Only a thin bead. The bolts are not all that close to the chain case. Did I say "Not too much"?
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:36 PM   #5972
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Also some silicone-ish sealant was applied to the cover gasket, at the factory I assume. But only on the area around the cam chain. Anyone know what the sealant is exactly? It was very thin when applied.
Use any one of the following; Yamahabond , Hondabond HT (available also at Honda car dealers parts dept - and there are more than them than bike dealers around) - they are high temp 'liquid gasket' - just brand named differently. Great excellent seal and easy off - what the factories use.

I dont recall seeing oil weep out of the oil transfer transfer pipe. Since you have the valve cover off, replace the o ring - it will be cheap insurance.

Stock cam chain tensioners are automatic ratchet type - no 'adjustment necessary'. Mine (and the chain) have been in for 50K miles and are still good. Streach the chain - no. Be carefull. If you take it out, it has to be reset before you put it back in.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:42 PM   #5973
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Stock cam chain tensioners are automatic ratchet type - no 'adjustment necessary'.
He's right. I was wrong above.

I claim too many bikes as the "problem".
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:15 AM   #5974
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New KLR owner question: Only the left side headlight burns on low beam. Is this normal?
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:17 AM   #5975
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New KLR owner question: Only the left side headlight burns on low beam. Is this normal?
Yes. Nothing to worry about. Many bikes do that, actually.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:19 AM   #5976
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Oh I'll bet it is just 1 side on low,my oldie KLR would really be cool at night if I had 2 headlights to chose from,I'll go out and ask her if she would like a 08 and newer facelift!
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:23 AM   #5977
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Oh I'll bet it is just 1 side on low,my oldie KLR would really be cool at night if I had 2 headlights to chose from,I'll go out and ask her if she would like a 08 and newer facelift!
The 08+ Fairing doesn't fit on the oldie, does it? that would be awsome.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:30 AM   #5978
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The 08+ Fairing doesn't fit on the oldie, does it? that would be awsome.
No I don't think it does fit,and when I asked the Green Lady in the garage she got kinda pissed and wanted to know if I thought she wasn't pretty any more,I told her she's beautiful and asked if she wanted to go get dirty someplace!
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No I don't think it does fit,and when I asked the Green Lady in the garage she got kinda pissed and wanted to know if I thought she wasn't pretty any more,I told her she's beautiful and asked if she wanted to go get dirty someplace!
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:10 AM   #5980
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Yes. Nothing to worry about. Many bikes do that, actually.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:22 PM   #5981
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:18 PM   #5982
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The 08+ Fairing doesn't fit on the oldie, does it? that would be awsome.
does. just takes about half a gen2 to do it.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:17 PM   #5983
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Does anyone know where I can buy a carb slide for a 2012 model? I want to get the US version as it doesn't have the holes in the top which restrict the power!
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:28 PM   #5984
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:43 PM   #5985
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Does anyone know where I can buy a carb slide for a 2012 model? I want to get the US version as it doesn't have the holes in the top which restrict the power!
Or, visit your friendly local Harley-Davidson dealer (does WA have Harley-Davidsons?), and buy a slide for a CV40 (Sportster carb). Same part, lower price than Kawasaki's CVK40 slide, in the USA.

Ask for, "CV Carburetor Vacuum Piston," H-D OEM Part # 27585-88.

Lower-cost option, still: Fill the too-big vacuum port hole in the slide with J-B Weld, or other goop, and re-drill to 7/64" diameter hole. (You guys still sometimes use inches ("), right?)

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