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post #1 of 36 Old 12-26-2007, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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oh crap

Well, I rode the klr650 (with rebuilt engine, that my brother had gotten rebuilt) 5 times up and down my street waiting on the title to get it legal and yesterday (xmas day) the engine barfed.

I came to a stop and when I went to take off again the engine started going
KLACKETY KLACKETY KLACK. It sounds like the top end so I stopped it and walked it back to the garage.

So.....what now ?

hmmmm

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post #2 of 36 Old 12-26-2007, 10:05 PM
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post #3 of 36 Old 12-27-2007, 12:54 AM
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Sounds like it's time for another rebuild. Hopefully it's something simple like the timing chain.

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so what do i do, pull the entire engine out or just seat / tank and top end? I seem to remember the top end can be serviced while in the bike? Also, the engine still runs (though i'm not going to run it) but it makes that klakety klack noise. do you guys have any clues what would cause that? the noise follows the engine speed too. though it sounds like it's coming from the top end i know how sound travels in metal and can be deceptive.


Any tips to diagnose it quickly?

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post #5 of 36 Old 12-27-2007, 08:49 AM
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The valves can be checked by removing the seat and tank.
Here is a link that describes the valve service.
http://www.klr650.marknet.us/Valves.pdf

You may also need to check the doohickey, altho it sounds more like a valve issue.
Link for Doohickey: http://www.klr650.marknet.us/Doohickey.pdf

here is a link for an online repair manual. $35/year I have heard it is a great resource, but have not personally tried it out yet.
http://www.repairmanual.com/catalog/99924-1050-01

Keep us posted and hopefully is not anything serious.

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post #6 of 36 Old 12-27-2007, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks, I do have the clymer manual and hope things are not too grave. Thanks for the links.
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If it's a timing chain what would allow the engine to run and make the klackety klackety noise? I'm just trying to get more ideas before I dive in. With only the sound to go by I'm wondering what kinds of problems could cause that sound.

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Sounds like it's time for another rebuild. Hopefully it's something simple like the timing chain.
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post #8 of 36 Old 12-27-2007, 02:27 PM
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Sounds like a very loose timing chain.... I stayed at a Holiday Inn last weekend too!

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post #9 of 36 Old 12-28-2007, 12:17 AM
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If it's a timing chain what would allow the engine to run and make the klackety klackety noise? I'm just trying to get more ideas before I dive in. With only the sound to go by I'm wondering what kinds of problems could cause that sound.
Honestly I'm the wrong person to identify an issue by described noises. It could be valves, do hicky bouncing around, or some other part that wasn't tightened correctly. I'd start with the top end since it's easiest to get into without draining oil and replacing seals.
Sorry for the bad luck.

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post #10 of 36 Old 12-28-2007, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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so, do you think i should simply pull out the 2 bolt tensioner block first and reset the ratchet (been reading the manual) and then crank it up and see if it still KLACKS ? I don't guess there's a way to tell if it's loose without pulling the valve cover. Cuz if it's a loose timing chain doesn't it have to be that tensioner ?

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