new bike issues
Just did my first oil change on my "new" '02 KLR with 5,500 miles. Previous owner says he used Pennzoil regular oil. Stuff that came out was black and smelled burnt. Did the complete oil/oil filter change with the stock oil from the stealer, 10-40 stuff. Drained what I thought was every last drop, held the bike upright too. Cleaned the oil filter area with paper towel until you could damn near eat off it. When I refilled it, ran it for a bit then stopped and checked the oil level the oil seemed black still! Is that normal? Went for a quick spin and the shifting didn't seem as smooth as it was before. Is that possible? The other "issue" I need to check is the constant backfiring on deceleration. The PO had an aftermarket exhaust that he gave me with the bike. He said it was too loud for his neighborhood. He said he didn't change the needle valve or adjust it. I've left the stock exhaust on (for the same reason) but figure I may have an exhaust leak due to the PO changing it out. Where would be the most likely place for a leak and are there any gaskets that may need replacing? I'm thinking that the connection between the header pipe and engine exhaust outlet should be o.k. as I don't think it is disassembled at that location to put on an aftermarket exhaust, is that correct? Thanks for any wisdon you can share.....
Last edited by 92869; 07-31-2008 at 02:30 AM.
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