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post #1 of 8 Old 05-11-2011, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Blown Base Gasket - Advice Wanted

2007 KLR650. 30,000 miles on her. I ride her HARD, and will continue to do so. I blew the base gasket out this weekend. While the motor is open, would it be worth it to freshen things up? I plan on trying to keep the bike for another 30-40K if I can. Also, performance doesn’t appear to be compromised, at least not that I can feel? Can I keep riding the bike for another 2-3 weeks as long as I keep oil in her without doing damage?

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-11-2011, 11:39 AM
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Hey man,
I am just a back yard mechanic… so my advice should be taken as such…. My feeling on this is the damage would be caused from lack of oil, not from oil dripping out. so if you keep your oil level up you should be fine….. I would not use any of that gasket seal additive crap, that stuff gets in ports you do not want it to and makes the motor run hot. I would also stay out of water. There is some chance that you can have a vacuum at the spot the gasket is leaking, and this could suck water in the crank.

I would fix it asap… but nut be afraid to ride it until I did
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While not desirable, a leaking base gasket isn't all that uncommon. Keep an eye on your oil. It is unlikely that you are loosing that large of a quantity of oil, it just looks like a gapping chest wound, and one thinks its losing oil by the liter...

And in my opinion, Kawasaki gaskets are the most reliable replacements. Cometic gaskets have a pretty good sized hate crowd. I'm on the fence with using them. Over heating a bike and cometic gasket failure seem a common theme, and KLR's tend to run hot if not moving along in the wind. If you are a stop and go rider, or find yourself hunting and pecking your way through rough stuff for considerable periods of time, I'd look at using a OEM fiber gasket. YMMV.

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post #4 of 8 Old 05-11-2011, 01:40 PM
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Yeah, if you take it apart, freshen everything up.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-11-2011, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies.

I lost almost a quart in 322 miles...most of it canyon riding done above 5K rpm.

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post #6 of 8 Old 05-11-2011, 06:32 PM
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Perfect time for a 685 kit, stainless steel valves and new hard seats. Good for another 50+

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A minor leak is no big deal, I currently have the same leak issue but haven't had time to deal with it because I ride it daily. And Cometic gaskets really do suck! The leak occured after doing the 685 and using the Cometic gaskets. If you're tearing the motor apart it is the perfect time to add the 685. It will take care of that oil loss and widen your grin every time you twist the throttle.
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A minor leak is no big deal, I currently have the same leak issue but haven't had time to deal with it because I ride it daily. And Cometic gaskets really do suck! The leak occured after doing the 685 and using the Cometic gaskets. If you're tearing the motor apart it is the perfect time to add the 685. It will take care of that oil loss and widen your grin every time you twist the throttle.
slo-klr,

thanks man...that's really what i was wanting to hear.

i've decided i'm going to do the 685 kids with the oversized stainless valves....or something along those lines.


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