"600 mile servicing" worth it? - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
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post #1 of 2 Old 08-11-2008, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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"600 mile servicing" worth it?

It's expensive. Is it necessary?

What are the must do's at 600 miles?
Can I do them myself?

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post #2 of 2 Old 08-11-2008, 07:45 AM
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Do your own work and you'll be a better rider for it. You know exactly what was checked, the condition of the bike on a personal level and no the price isn't worth it.

What needs to be done:
Change oil and filter
Clean and recondition the air filter.
Every nut and bolt you can get your hands on needs to be removed and have blue loc-tite put on them.
Check chain slack and adjust if needed, tho I doubt it will.
Buy a can of Chain Wax from the dealer,"others have great success with other lubes", and keep the chain lubed. About every 400-500 miles. It should be cleaned when it looks extra dirty.
Some say to check your valves at this point, but I waited till the 1000 mile mark and my valves were fine. I did have to replace the shims for the valves at the 6000 mile mark.
Here is a great link with a lot of mods and every day procedures for doing many of your own maintenance items.
http://www.klr650.marknet.us/pdfdownloads.html

Also the factory batteries are known for boiling away the fluid, so check your battery two or three times a year and keep it filled to top level. I suggest purchasing a good maintenance free battery for worry free service.

We also bought a tube of Di-Electric grease and pulled every electrical connection we could find and filled them with the grease. Especially those back under the rear fender.

It sounds like a lot of work, but you can break it up into several sessions over a couple of weeks.

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