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post #1 of 9 Old 08-15-2008, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, I have a 2002 KLR650 that I picked up with onky 200 miles. It has 4,400 miles now and I have changed the oil a couple of times. I used 10/40 weight with MPZ. Its using about a half a quart every 100 miles.

I recently changed the oil and switched to 20/50. I checked all over for leaks or signs (in the air filter compt., at the end of the air release tubes etc...

Has anyone had problems with them using oil? There are no leaks and it doesn't seem to be smoking.

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-15-2008, 07:34 PM
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How long have you had it to put the 4K+ miles on it. If it sat for a long time, you could have an issue with stuck rings or such. No leaks and no smoke? A quart per 200 miles is a lot.
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Yeah, that is extremely excessive. Try picking up a compression tester and see what kind of compression the motor has and then do a leak down test. It has to be going somewhere, if no leaks, it's definately burning it. I had read somewhere that Kawasaki feels a quart per 800 miles is fine. I don't agree with that, but I am usually adding just under a quart every 1000 miles. But I do see a lot of 4,5,and 6K RPM's.

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post #4 of 9 Old 09-09-2008, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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20-50

I switched from 10-40 to 20-50 and it was holding oil much better. Unfortunately the balance-tensioner broke. I replaced it, but then the top end was making noise, so I turned it over to the friend of my mechanic. What can you all tell me about it?
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i use rotella 15-40 and use about 1/2 qt every 1500mi, if you believe a stuck ring is the problem a few ozs of seafoam in the oil may help, wonderful stuff, but a 1/2 qt every 100mi is extreme
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-24-2008, 07:33 AM
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Unfortunately the balance-tensioner broke.
Just wondering what you replaced it with?
(Please tell me that you didn't put another stock one in)
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Damn Doohickey!

It turns out the Chain balancer cam (doohickey) broke. I replaced it with a better one, but some of the debris caused the timing chain to jump a sprocket. $800 later the timing chain and sprocket are changed. Luckily no real damage was done to the valves and its running.
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Damn.

Best testimonial for a preventive replacement I've heard. Sorry it hit you so hard but glad you're rolling.
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-24-2008, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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had part

I actually had the replacement part and had it open, but at the time it looked fine (3,000 miles). It failed at 4,400 miles
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