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post #1 of 8 Old 07-04-2010, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Cam Chain Adjustment

Is the KLR 650 Cam Chain Adjustment on my 2009 KLR automatic? Or do I have to physically adjust it?

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See Tom's accurate post below. I will be found cleaning latrines. PLO.

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post #3 of 8 Old 07-04-2010, 07:51 PM
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The cam chain is automatically tensioned.

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Any ideas as to what my rattle could be? I don't think it is predetonation. Could it be the balancer chain? Oh, and my bike is a 2009 KLR with 5000km.

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Any ideas as to what my rattle could be? I don't think it is predetonation. Could it be the balancer chain? Oh, and my bike is a 2009 KLR with 5000km.
Can you tell us about this rattle? When does it occur? What gear and RPM? Is it the typical KLR 'death rattle' that we all hear starting up in first gear? Yadda, yadda....

Adjusting the balancer chain is always a good idea, and can never hurt. Just doo (heh) it properly without over tightening the wee little bolt.

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post #6 of 8 Old 07-04-2010, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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It apears to happen under load, but not consistent every time. Also, just a short rattle noise and not the entire time under load. I switched to supreme gas and it made no difference. To me it sounds like I have a loose skid plate, or a chain. I thought for sure I could adjust the cam chain and that would be my solution. But I've come to realize that there is no manual adjustment. As for the rpms, usually happens around 4000rpm.

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Can you tell us about this rattle? When does it occur? What gear and RPM? Is it the typical KLR 'death rattle' that we all hear starting up in first gear? Yadda, yadda....

Adjusting the balancer chain is always a good idea, and can never hurt. Just doo (heh) it properly without over tightening the wee little bolt.

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So to adjust the balancer chain, just loosen the bolt and re tighten?

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post #8 of 8 Old 07-04-2010, 09:14 PM
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Yes, crack it off by about a full turn. Rap on the case lightly to get things moving around, then re-tighten. DO NOT OVER-TIGHTEN! A suer-fire way to mess up the stock doohickey.

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