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post #1 of 19 Old 10-18-2006, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Basic oil questions

I just got my bike so I know very little about it. The round sight guage on the engine, should that be full with oil? Mine is showing almost none. I just talked to the guy I bought it from and he said he recently had the dealer change it. I've put alot of miles on it since I bought it 3 weeks ago. Is it normal to burn oil that way if it is low? I called a shop here and he said since I don't know the exact type of oil that is in it I should get a complete oil change.
I just rode it to the station for gas and when I went to take off it would die everytime I put it in gear. Thats how I noticed the low sight gauge. As I was pushing it home there was a small downhill so I jumped on and popped the clutch and it started and got me home. Now its working fine but I'm reluctant to ride it. Would low oil cause it to do that?
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post #2 of 19 Old 10-18-2006, 04:59 PM
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Make sure you read the oil sight with the bike sitting perfectly straight up and down first. With full oil, and the bike leaning on the kickstand it will look low. Just be careful not to drop the bike on yourself when doing that.

And don't overfill it either, you will suffer performance and make starting harder. The bike will kind of gurgle when it's too full.
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also, don't try to check the oil level with the bike running - it will read very low. Wait a minute or two after riding to give the oil a chance to drain down into the sump.
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Yea the shop guy told me that so I did that and its showing virtually nothing in that sight guage. I'm assuming that sight gauge works like a dipstick only there are no marks or anything to indicate how much you have in it or what is normal. I'm guessing you fill it until it reaches the top of that window?
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Found a great site that answered my question. Has alot of info on there.
http://www.bigcee.com/klr650faq.html#engine
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You want to fill it to the TOP of the sight glass while it is standing upright. The sight glass was cast in the wrong location.

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Make sure you read the oil sight with the bike sitting perfectly straight up and down first. With full oil, and the bike leaning on the kickstand it will look low. Just be careful not to drop the bike on yourself when doing that.
yes yes and yes. apparently this selling KLR's with no oil in them is going around. I just bought a 2001 a few weeks ago and decided it was about time i changed the oil and lubed the chain.. i was shocked to realize there was next to no oil in the thing when i started doing it. i have only put 300-ish miles on her so far so lets hope no damage was done.

i noticed that with the bike upright the oil level raises about a half inch so be careful not to overfill it, i almost made that mistake myself. it was dumb luck that the quart i was pouring in ran out at the right level.

mine had also stalled once or twice for no good reason (and not at the best of times either) and i think it was the lack of oil that caused it. i just took her out for a little spin .. uh.. around the state really, bout 175 miles, tonight and everything is peachy.

good luck with yours man! this bike is growing on me fast.. i'm a city boy and not much of an off-roader.. but i'm having a ball on this thing anyway.. she opens up a lot of interesting "shortcuts"

-j
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post #8 of 19 Old 10-19-2006, 12:41 AM
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I just use the sight glass for checking the level between changes. For the actual change I measure out precisely 2.5 liters using a big drink pitcher. No guesswork as to how much I've put in.

A bit more futzing around than just dumping it in from the bottles, but it's cheap peace of mind.
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post #9 of 19 Old 10-19-2006, 07:50 AM
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Pour in 2 quarts and 20.5 ounces of oil (2.5 Liters). You should note that at 2 quarts 7 ounces, the oil has already reached the top line in the sight glass (yes, the oil sight window is in the wrong place). With more than a half dozen bearings depending on oil mist and splash, it is not a good idea to let the oil level fall over half a quart to the bottom line in the glass. You should always run your bike a minute or so upon starting the engine (keep it below 3000 RPM). It takes a bit to fill the filter cavity on the way to the crank, tranny and top end.
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post #10 of 19 Old 10-19-2006, 03:26 PM
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Looks like I need to scare a few into keeping check on the oil. :twisted:
the right side exhaust will go first.

this is what happens if it runs out. and you keep riding it.

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