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KLR, puked her guts in Fairbanks

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2005 KLR 650 19,000miles. We were 30 miles from Fairbanks on Park Hwy when it overheated and died. We let it cool down for app 30 mins (had water in it) and it restarted but would not idle. Headed back to Fairbanks it was puffing smoke on acceleration and blowing oil into air box and dripping off of bottom of engine. It used app 1/2 quart of oil in 50 miles.
We are back at the Dorm and are hoping to ride it to Eagle River tomorrow by pouring oil in as needed. Anyone have any experience with similar situation, or have advice on if this is a good decision? How is cell service between Fairbanks and Anchorage in case need to call a tow truck?
Also, need opinions on a 685 kit and which one to get?
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Found this on ADVrider. Not much for helpful info forthcoming there. Any useful input from this quarter?

Some of this sounds like head gasket....some doesn't fit that.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=704812

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Sounds like head gasket to me. Been there, done that (not on the KLR).




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Not much info to go on, and many possibilities.

How'd it overheat with water in it? Stuck thermostat or failed water pump? When it over heated, could it have cooked the valve seals? A quart in 50 is hella lotta oil.

I presume it's blowing oil into the airbox from the crank vent, so a burned piston or broken rings?

If it's a blown head gasket, why isn't it sucking water? Or maybe it is, and the puffs of smoke are steam.

The overheating makes me think it's a cascade failure.

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I should note that (as you both know), you know way more than me about this stuff, but it sounds real familiar to the worst ride of my life. And that ended up being a blown head gasket.




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Thanks to all, we have reserved a rental truck to take it to Eagle River/Anchorage tomorrow. I had been considering putting in the 685 kit, does anyone have any experience with them. C&J
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Hey, I wasn't contradicting, just rambling.

What we know is 1) It was a dark and stormy night, 2) A maiden screamed, and 3) A ship appeared on the horizon.

From that we have to figure out why Mom's roses won't bloom this year...

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Thanks to all, we have reserved a rental truck to take it to Eagle River/Anchorage tomorrow. I had been considering putting in the 685 kit, does anyone have any experience with them. C&J
Tom has recently installed one of the 685 kits. I'm sure he can answer your questions. I think he missed your post.....he'll be back.....

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Thanks to all, we have reserved a rental truck to take it to Eagle River/Anchorage tomorrow. I had been considering putting in the 685 kit, does anyone have any experience with them. C&J


Hi Carl -

Yup, I do. We have several others who have as well.

Schnitz is the only manufacturer (assembler?) of kits. There are several places that can do the work, and it ranges from a simple bore/hone/install to adding in head work and big valves.

Your average automotive machine shop can do the bore/hone job, with you doing all the tear-down and re-assembly, and that would represent the lowest cost alternative.

Schnitz recommends a couple of places that you can send your stuff to, and the closest one of those to you is M-Tech up in Bend, OR. They can also do head work and install big valves. That would represent the high end of the cost range, but you still have to do the tear down and assembly.

I suppose that a good independent motorcycle shop could do the entire job for you, including tear down and re-assembly. That, I should think, would represent the extreme end of the cost range.

If you've got some bandwidth in the Dorm you might want to check out this thread and watch the video.

http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.p...685+kit+m-tech

It's along thread, so if you just want to get to the meat of it, it's in this post: http://www.klrforum.com/showpost.php...1&postcount=39

Do come back and let us know what happened - we'd love to know what made the maiden scream...

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