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post #1 of 7 Old 11-16-2007, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Guys
I am new to the KLR, but have been with "Super Singles" since the birth of the old TT 500 (1st real off-road Thumper). One thing that worries me about my New KLR is the engine noise. I still have the stock muffler on so the bike is way to quiet, but this enables me to hear the engine sound. Under medium to high torque there is a very distingtive knocking sound. Is this due to the fact that she is watercooled which means less metal around the barrel and head area to disipate the sound of the normal combustion explosion taking place in the combution chamber? Do they all sound like this? I hear it more on the left side than the right side.
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-17-2007, 10:07 AM
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KLR's are synonymous for making weird sounds. Mine and the others my buddies ride all do the same thing. The more milage it seems the more noise. The cam chain tensioner lever and adjustment (aka: doohickey), are on the left side. I am betting your chain is not adjusting correctly if the Doohickey has not been replaced. If it has not been, I would do that asap. That's the first and foremost thing you want to do to a KLR even the 08's. The spring that puts the tension on the lever was broken in my buddes 05 with under 4000 miles on it.
This site shows the pics and steps to replacing the doo. It's not difficult, takes us about 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on how slow we work.

http://klr6500.tripod.com/doohickey.htm

The KLR does make a lot of noise when it lugs. I try not to let it get down below 2500 RPM when cruising around on the back roads, if doing twisties and hills, I keep it down in the gears so that my RPM's stay up around 4k - 5k in the powerband if you will. Hope some of this helps. I am positive some of the other guys might have a more indepth thought on this. OH I had a 1980 TT500 myself. That thing was a blast. Couldn't keep the front wheel down once I learned how to ride it good .... Good luck with your bike and welcome to the KLR madness... It never ends....lol

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post #3 of 7 Old 11-17-2007, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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HI DX
Thanx for the super quick responce My nerves are at rest now. Am I glad you mentioned what the hell this Doo thingy is that you are all talking about. My next thead was to ask what it was. If this item is constanly breaking, even in 08 model, is this not something that Kawasaki shold be repairing or moding.
I just finnished making a set of Highway footrests so that my 6'2 wife can use main pegs to unwind her legs on long rides. Have not figured out how to post a pic yet so if anyone wants full details of how to make these please email me and I will draw up the plans and send the pics.
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-17-2007, 11:54 AM
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Well here is the explanation for pics:
Here is the best way that I have found.
Create an account at photobucket.com then upload your pictures to there. Once uploaded, have the klr forum open and your album on photobucket opened. You then find the pic you want to post and click on the IMG option under the picture, this copies it, then here in your post you just right click and paste. Do a preview of your post and make sure the pic posted correctly. I also found out you can adjust the size of your pictures uploaded to photobucket, I use the 1024x768 option, this makes a really nice big picture to see. Make sure to have the size option set before you upload. Hope this helps...
Now I am sure there will be one or two others in here that will have better sites to use with pictures, but this one is the one I use and I have no problems with it.
As for the doo and kawasaki, they did beef up the lever for 08 but they used the "SAME" spring. DOH!!!!...anyway. Go to www.arrowheadmotorsports.com and order your new doo, about $40 + shipping. Or you can call Fred at this number and let him know what you need: 435-259-7356 2970 Desert Road Moab, UT 84532. Oh asking questions is the only way to find out info. Google KLR doohickey and see what all you get . It's a big subject. lol.
I suggest this site also: http://www.klr650.marknet.us/pdfdownloads.html
Mark has 'many' great mods that you need to take into consideration and shows how to do them all. One of the things I did that I think helps alleviate some worry is changing out the old style glass fuses under the seat with breakers that will reset by turning the key off then back on once you find the problem that is causing the breaker to trip. I think I have a post here of where I did that. If not I can get some pics later on.

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post #5 of 7 Old 11-20-2007, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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TX for pic tips

Thanx for all the pic tips. I will see if I can get this right. As for contacting Mark, that will be a problem. You see I live in South Africa. To be more specific I live in the Kruger Park area. The place where all the wild animals still roam free. Get chased by Buffalow and the likes every now and again. Had a Cheetah running in the road behind me about a year ago, clocked him at +/- 80km. Anyway great place to ride, just don't fall off.....you could be lunch!!
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-20-2007, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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It WORKS!!!

TX for the pix tip it worx. now you can see what the highway peg thing is all about. By the way DX, my...no the KLR's Doohicky thing is fine. Checked it out last night. TX again for all your help. You are a real Pal.
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-20-2007, 03:04 PM
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Rory,
If you haven't already, check out he RSA part of the forums here.
I know what you mean about getting parts in RSA, too.. I sent a buddy of mine a Valentine 1 radar detector because he couldn't get one there (years ago).

How far is where you're at from Jo'berg? I've done work there and in Springs, and also been to Durban a few times.. I've even got a couple boxes of 5 Roses sitting in my sight right now..
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