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post #1 of 5 Old 03-08-2014, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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A Few Metal Shavings in Oil / 03 KLR 9,000 miles

Greetings KLR sages,

Changed my oil for the first time this year on my KLR (03 with 9000 miles). I let the bike run (idle) long enough to get up mid-way on the temp gauge and then drained the oil while the bike was still fairly warm.

Before disposing of oil, I noticed a few very small (like mid-size grains of sand) metal shavings in it. If I had gotten real serious and counted there might have been 15 or 20. There were no shavings that I could see in the filter. I was not smart enough to see if the shavings were magnetic or not.

The bike starts, idles, runs just fine. The only oddity I can think of is that I occasionally find a false 2nd gear. This happens when I downshift very gently and does not happen if I downshift normally with a sharp, but not overly aggressive, motion. Connection? I don't know.

Other details: Oil was 5w 30 Mobil1 full synthetic. I do ride the bike fairly hard. I commute through mid to downtown Indianapolis. Lot of shifting, accelerating, etc.

Think I should be concerned? My plan at this point is to change the oil again in about 500 miles and see how it looks. But if some of you folks who know more than I (which wouldn't take much..) think I need to take a look at the crankcase basket filter I will do it.

Appreciate the expertise.

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Probably nothing to worry about. don't think I would be using Mobil 1 but I don't want this to go into an oil thread. Try Rotella T6 if you want to stay with synthetic. I'm thinking your shifting will improve.

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Ok cool. Thanks for the oil advice. I'm not particularly attached to Mobil, I'll give the Rotella a shot at next change, I have heard good things.

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post #4 of 5 Old 03-08-2014, 08:14 PM
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Agree with klr4evr, fear not a few metal shavings; detritus from manufacturing, most likely. Your oil filter will take care of those, before they get too rambunctious.

Your wire oil screen's probably caught some trash, but . . . that really is, "normal," and . . . the wire gauge is so large, you're not apt to experience oil starvation from that condition.

I've never known of any maintenance issue tied to any particular brand of oil, as long as the lubricant is within the API Service Codes and viscosity ranges recommended by KLR. I typically use Rotella or Delco Diesel "fleet" 15w-40 oil (that's what I think the viscosity is), but . . . wouldn't hesitate to use anything with the API/viscosity values suggested by Kawasaki.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-08-2014, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Damocles. Wasn't overly concerned as of yet, but this is my first KLR...so if that was a warning sign I would prefer to get on it early. Riding season is starting about now around here, so my interest was piqued. Appreciate the response.
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