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« Reply #80 on: March 03, 2007, 09:39:43 am »
Le Cap, its so true. You get lots of those guys.
I used to be called Captain Slow but then i got Zef
Most people say "Be like Elon" or "Be like Bill". I say "Be like Pablo" :biggrin:
 

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« Reply #81 on: March 03, 2007, 12:41:30 pm »
Riding some nasty terrain may lead to the safety switch on the sidestand cutting the motor, in my opinion it's safer to bypass that switch. I've ridden for over ten years and have never forgotten to put the stand up, now starting in first gear is something we won't talk about  :D
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« Reply #82 on: March 03, 2007, 12:45:21 pm »
Quote from: "lecap"

Guys who replace gaskets with GunGum and Hylomar.


Too expensive and messy, breakfast cereal boxes will also work  :twisted:
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« Reply #83 on: March 03, 2007, 03:37:45 pm »
I am still waiting for the bloody parts i ordered from the stealer last week. Since i can't do any major work i bought a plug, some oil and a oil filter.

I took all the covers off the bike and tightened lots of bolts and nuts.

I cleaned the yellow sponge type airfilter with hot water and sunlight liquid. Should i apply some of that airfilter oil in the spray can to the filter before i put it back in the bike? It doesn't look like it had any on the filter when i took it out.

Another question.

How do i get to the plug to change it?

I suppose i have to remove the tank. How do i do it?
Do i have to drain the fuel? Or can i only close the fuel tap and disconnect one of the pipes?
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« Reply #84 on: March 03, 2007, 04:20:14 pm »
Quote from: "Captain Slow"
I am still waiting for the bloody parts i ordered from the stealer last week. Since i can't do any major work i bought a plug, some oil and a oil filter.

I took all the covers off the bike and tightened lots of bolts and nuts.

I cleaned the yellow sponge type airfilter with hot water and sunlight liquid. Should i apply some of that airfilter oil in the spray can to the filter before i put it back in the bike? It doesn't look like it had any on the filter when i took it out.
Another question.

How do i get to the plug to change it?

I suppose i have to remove the tank. How do i do it?
Do i have to drain the fuel? Or can i only close the fuel tap and disconnect one of the pipes?


Yes mate spray a liberal amount of the airfilter oil on and squeeze it around in the filter.
I normally use clean engine oil myself, and squeeze off the excess.

With the spark plug...not having owned the KLR 650 beofre I am not sure if you have to remove the tank or not.
To take tank off...turn petrol tap OFF...pull rubber hose off tap.
Take off seat, un-bolt petrol tank.

You may have to remove the plastic tank cowling on the KLR.

Buy a fuel filter, cut petrol hose before it goes onto petrol tap, stick the fuel filter on the hose. Filter is a about a dollar.
Helps stop dust and crap in petrol getting into the carbie.
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« Reply #85 on: March 03, 2007, 07:49:34 pm »
Thanks Jaq.

Will be doing the service tomorrow morning.
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« Reply #86 on: March 04, 2007, 01:39:25 pm »
My radiator fan isn't working. Where is the fan fuse located?
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« Reply #87 on: March 04, 2007, 02:09:17 pm »
Right hand side shroud, by the coolant reservior.
 

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« Reply #88 on: March 04, 2007, 03:42:40 pm »
How do you know the fan is not working?

Does it not only come on when the engine gets very hot?
And then turns off again until needed?
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« Reply #89 on: March 04, 2007, 04:02:04 pm »
Found a fused fuse. :D

Its in a white fuse holder next to the radiator reservior bottle.

I just hope the fan is still okay. :shock:


Yes Jaq i tested the fan by letting the motor idle till it was over half way on the guage.

I changed the oil and oil filter. Cleaned the airfilter and applied airfilter oil. Tightened which felt like a million screws.

I'm gonna change the spark plug tomorrow. I couldn't find a plug spanner to undo the plug.
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« Reply #90 on: March 04, 2007, 04:26:00 pm »
Check that the fans blades are not binding somewhere, I had a crash which caused my fans housing to catch on the fan. Run a fused 12v to the fan and check if it works.
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« Reply #91 on: March 04, 2007, 07:58:18 pm »
Nope the fan blades are not stuck.
I'm going to get some spare fuses tomorrow and when i assebled the bike again i'll test the fan. I'm sure the fan should still work.

Another question.

What kind of brake fluid should i put in the brake system?

Dot 4??
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« Reply #92 on: March 04, 2007, 08:05:54 pm »
Upgrade the fuse under the seat to a 15A, think its 10A standard.
Ask oppad about this one quick of the KLR.

Brake fluid is DOT3 or DOT4
 

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« Reply #93 on: March 05, 2007, 07:17:56 am »
Quote from: "shark_za"
Upgrade the fuse under the seat to a 15A, think its 10A standard.
Ask oppad about this one quick of the KLR.

Brake fluid is DOT3 or DOT4


Looks like the fuses is a commen problem with the KLR.
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« Reply #94 on: March 05, 2007, 07:44:29 am »
Dude, there are 2....  
How hard can it get ;)
 

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« Reply #95 on: March 05, 2007, 08:17:59 am »
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I have owned 8 KLR's. Six KL650C and two KL650A.


Are you a dealer?  A-model only officially imported from end of 2003? C-model (European model) was the only official KLR in SA prior to that.  Not nearly as much info and aftermarket advice/mods available as with the A-model (US model).

Safety features - mine acted up a few times - mostly when I don't want it to - like in hot places or in the rain.  Most RTW riders disable the safety features - period - check all the sources.  What I do like about the internet is even if these statements are made, adult people can still CHOOSE to do it or not - now thats a great idea - CHOICE.

What mods did you make to your A-models, and which would you recommend in doing ?

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« Reply #96 on: March 05, 2007, 08:22:40 am »
After I 'official' service with kawasaki, I'll trust the 'hobby mechs' any day before those assholes.  They got the valves wrong, didn't do the doohickey check and generaly forgot to tighten screws (like the steering nut) etc etc

I do most routine stuff myself, but for the more difficult stuff I've got a 'semi-prof' mech friend which I can trust and who's been working on bikes for more than 25 years. - very happy (he did the doohickey and valves)

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« Reply #97 on: March 05, 2007, 09:56:43 am »
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Upgrade the fuse under the seat to a 15A, think its 10A standard.
Ask oppad about this one quirk of the KLR.


I know very little about 'lectrics but the general advice is to upgrade to 15A (not higher!) After blowing the main lights circuit fuse continuously I eventually took it to an auto-electrician who immediately diagnosed the cause as chafed wires rubbing against one another (even before he found the wires!) It all comes down to experience. In future I believe I'll find and fix the fault myself.

As far as the fan fuse is concerned I had mine blown recently. After it was replaced no problems as with the other fuse so I think it was just old age and nothing else. Le Cap (he really knows a lot) advises that the electric motor or thermostat switch will hardly ever give problems. He showed me how to quickly test for a working fan by pulling the wire from the thermostat switch (bottom left of radiator) and earthing it against the engine. No need for the bike to be switched on. If the fan goes on you have power getting through all the way.

If nothing is broken the fan will eventually come on, even if the gauge shows past the halway mark. Ride it for a bit trough traffic, park it and let it idle even if edges towards the top. The fan should come on within 3 minutes.

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« Reply #98 on: March 05, 2007, 10:03:43 am »
Quote from: "digitaldan"
Quote from: "lecap"

Guys who replace gaskets with GunGum and Hylomar.


Too expensive and messy, breakfast cereal boxes will also work  :twisted:


I always recommend Kellogs Corn Flakes packets myself.

Their cardboard seems to be of a better quality than other cereal food makers. :D
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« Reply #99 on: March 05, 2007, 10:45:03 am »
strange,
i would have expected it to Snap, Crackle then Pop  :roll:  :roll: