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Old 07-12-2013, 08:47 AM   #586
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I agree. Your cheapest/easiest option would be a new powerplant. Had a friend ruin his top end due to a faulty doohickey install. $500 later and a drive to charleston and he had a new engine. That engine has carried him thorugh nursing school, Canada and back......over 30K with no problems. They are out there, complete and fairly inexpensive. I hope there is one in SF for you Austin.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:17 AM   #587
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Thanks guys. I had topped the oil off - thinking I was heading to Mexico soon. I really should have checked it when I left my lunch stop, right before the engine ble, though. All is obvious in hindsight. I'm going to start looking for motors I suppose. The feedback I've been getting tells me all of these metal shavings could have really toasted the bottom end's gears.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:28 AM   #588
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Austin, so sorry to hear about your bike issues. Ii's so ironic that both your and Chris' bikes are down at the same time. I hope you both have them up and running soon. I know you two are a great team and what one can't think of, the other one will. I have truly enjoyed the trip reports and the website with videos. I think I am having withdrawals now from not seeing them every day! Best of luck to both of you. I know you will both be on the road and seeing the world again soon. Once again, amazed by the help from the ADV riders.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:22 AM   #589
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:39 AM   #590
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Chris, what is the seat cover you're using on the XRR?
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:21 PM   #591
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Hey guys. Like everyone else here I'm sorry to hear about the troubles! I think between everybody following this trip we should be able to locate a decent engine for you. Maybe we can set up some sort of engine fund donation account too? It sounds like Chris's wasn't cheap either and I think all of us would hate to see stinking money be the barrier to your continued journeys. Anyone else know how to set up something like that? I'll start combing other forums etc. to see what I can find! Good luck! Enjoy riding CA. There is a ton of great off road riding up where Chris is btw. I grew up riding all around there! The Mt. Lassen area is also amazing. :

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Old 07-12-2013, 01:53 PM   #592
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Really glad I stumbled on this RR, been a fabulous read guys, still have 15 pages to read to get current. Chris maybe I missed it among all the posts but Killboy got some good pics of you slaying the Dragon, sticking leg out motard style and one looks like ur coming off a corner slide in the rain check'em out here, and hit the Next button to see the others in the series

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Old 07-12-2013, 02:28 PM   #593
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:47 PM   #594
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In your first post mentioning the engine locked up, you mentioned that there was almost NO OIL in the sight glass. This makes me wonder if the problem may not actually have been caused by lack of oil to the cam bearings. I do see in one of your photos that the right exhaust bearing looks bad, but that could be just the light.

I have a 2008 KLR bought new and before I learned that the engine can use oil quickly at 5,000 rpm I rode 650 miles one day at 5,000 to 5,300 rpm and noticed the oil was not visible in the glass when I got home. That was at around 5,000 miles on the bike. It now has 97,000 miles and the cam bearings are still going like that little rabbit with the drum. The sight glass measures a quart top to bottom. When the level is at the bottom there is still a quart and a half in the engine. As long as there is oil at the pump pickup the bearings should get the same flow as when full.

I am prepping it for a run in two weeks up to and across the Trans-Canada Adventure Trail dirt route which with side trips should clock off another 17,000 to 18,000 miles.
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:01 PM   #595
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I say toss a cheap motor in the KLR, sell it, and get yourself a KTM 950 Adventure for all that open desert you'll be riding through in Baja. If you've been able to wrestle that pig of a KLR through all the stuff you have then the few extra pounds of the KTM isn't going to be an issue for you, and the 100hp means it'll be Chris constantly eating dust and trying to catch up to You.

Serious on the cheap motor swap though, I'm not sure about interchangeability between 07 older and 08 newer KLR's, but there are plenty of them around to be able to source an engine from. Good luck with it, I can't wait to see you guys continue the journey.
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:32 PM   #596
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:53 PM   #597
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Did you call that guy?
He has all the parts to do a complete motor rebuild in his shop
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Old 07-13-2013, 04:38 PM   #598
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Thanks again for all of the encouragement guys and gals. It's really doing a lot for my damaged morale.

Wheatwacker - I did get in touch with him. Apparently he is no longer in Gilroy, but south of Los Angeles now. His opinion from my description and pictures was that my motor was likely junk, unfortunately.

Speedmonkey - thanks for the encouragement man! I'm currently on the lookout for a good cheap engine. Any help from everyone here in that department is a HUGE help! I'm a little hesitant to start an engine fun, as I don't really know how I'd return the cash, should the trip be ended in some way at this point. All the same the email I use for my Paypal is in my profile info. But again, just help in finding a cheap - but good - engine is the help I really need right now I feel.

For various reasons, I've got to leave the place in San Francisco where I've been generously hosted for the last few days. The buddy that I've been staying with has offered me his KLR for the next week to your Yosemite and Tahoe with. I hope to meet up with Chris at some point in the next few days and then we will both come back to SF to do work on my bike together. On the meantime, I will be continuing the hunt for a new engine while I'm on the road. Any help is MUCH APPRECIATED!
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:10 PM   #599
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Just posted your plight on TT in the KLR section. Hopefully something will come of that. Can anyone else post on other forums? Did you see the engine on eBay in Earp, CA? $1800 or best offer. I don't know what is a good price but that seems to be what is out there.

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Old 07-13-2013, 06:11 PM   #600
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Just posted your plight on TT in the KLR section. Hopefully something will come of that. Can anyone else post on other forums? Did you see the engine on eBay in Earp, CA? $1800 or best offer. I don't know what is a good price but that seems to be what is out there.

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$1800 seems very high unless it has a 705 kit and no miles.
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