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post #1 of 10 Old 05-27-2008, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Flickering lights

Last night was my 1st night ride. 2006. (the problem might be is that its red). I have read about the weak lights, but when I started out, the lights (hi and low beam) where strong, I remember thinking "this ain't so bad". After about 5miles I noticed the light flickering a bit. About an hour later, just before I get to town, the head light nearly goes out! The gauge lights got very weak as well. Blinkers sputter above 3000 rpm, and work fine at 2,500 to idle, but the head light does not get brighter. Its still working but very very weak. Nothing close to what it was when I first started in the dark. I can't imagine this being normal.

I also noticed my gas tank whistling. Is there a vent? If so, it must be plugged. Where would it be?

Thanks for your help!!
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-27-2008, 05:11 PM
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Here is a link that will give you step by step procedure to bypass the vent seal. I have done this and took about ten minutes. The whistle is typical on these bikes.

http://klrworld.com/forums/index.php...topicseen.html

As for the flickering lights, it sounds like you need to have the electrical system tested and make sure the stator is still putting out. Kinda sounds like you are running off of the battery voltage and not the stator now. If so, the bike is going to konk out when the battery goes completely dead.

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Just tried starting the bike. Deader than a door nail. The local stealer says a stator is $400, part only. How difficult is it to install? Is a bad stator typical?

I'm wondering if I got a lemon. Its an 06, purchased with 880 miles, at 1000 miles the clutch cable broke, it has started to backfire and now at 1,400 looks like the stator is out. Anyone want a good deal?? Maybe I should get the green plastics and tank.
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Is there any possiblity its the battery?
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-28-2008, 10:22 AM
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None of your issues are normal to be honest. The KLR's are synonamous with dependability.

As for the cable, if they aren't lubed regularly they will tend to stretch, become weak and will eventually break. Most people don't lube and wait until it breaks and be reactionary, instead of being proactive and doing proper maintenance.

As for backfiring, drain the tank completely. Put one gallon of gas in there and half a can of Seafoam. Ride it out. Add one more gallon and the rest of the Seafoam and ride that out. Then fill her up and ride. More than likely your carb has some dirt and junk in it that needs to be cleaned out. An 06 with only 800 miles has been sitting more than road and sitting is hard on bikes.

As for the stator it doesn't look to be a very difficult swap. Here is a link for a step by step replacement. Even the the gentleman is swapping out an aftermarket unit, the steps will be pretty much the same. I have seen several of his posts and he is very meticulous to the point of being anal, but that is what is great about the posts, he leaves nothing out. Hope this helps:
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The battery would be the cheapest route to try first. The reason for backfire I just thought about could be from dimished spark from the coil. Give a new battery a try. I know a lot of the guys here get one from WalMart for around 30 bux. You might even pick up an electrical tester that gives the condition of the battery and the condition of the output system 'stator'. To check the output rev the engine up around 3 to 4 grand and see if your getting enough volts.

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Thanks DXKLR. Here's what I'm going to try. I'll charge up the battery, start the bike, disconnect the battery. I believe that if it dies, the stator is bad, (not putting out juice), if it keeps running then the battery is bad. Sound right?
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Ermmm I am not sure about that. It seems that I remember the bike will die if the battery is disconnected, plus I don't think it is good for the ignition system. I purchased a lil tester at the local parts store for less than 5 bux that will show if the battery is ok and then if the charging system is working. It has lights the will progressively light up as the bike is revved. If they don't reach the green light or correct voltage light then there is a problem.

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Just did it. Strange, the bike was dead, I took out the battery, hooked up the charger, it says its charged. Hooked it back up, and I had juice, started it up, disconnected the battery, still ran, but the light worked like they did last night, real dim, blinkers sputter. I touch the battery and it all comes back. Must of had a bad connection. So yes the bike will run without a battery, but will have very week lights. If the stator was not functioning, thus not producing juice, I'm sure the bike would die wouldn't it?
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Well good, glad it was just a connection issue. At least now I know the answer to the battery question ... Thanks for the update

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