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post #1 of 7 Old 04-04-2019, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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2002 KLR metal flakes in Oil

I recently purchased a 2002 gen 1 KLR that I've been attempting to get back into running working condition. I recently replaced the doohickey, repainted fairings, replaced chains and sprockets. The last thing I had to do was change the oil and filter.

Yesterday I drained out my oil, and started noticing metal on my fingertips and in the oil. I examined the drain plug and also saw metal flakes there. I let the oil completely drain and attempted to put the drain plug back in and it will not tighten down now. I "think" the drain plug is stripped and that's the source of the flakes? What is my best solution for fixing this issue?
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A small amount of flakes is normal......I'd need to see what you're talking about. The drain plug is unlikely to be stripped, it'd be the case that is stripped which is non-magnetic.....

There are many methods of fixing the drain plug; hopefully the case isn't cracked. Drill and tap for an OS drain plug or use a helicoil are the most popular solutions.


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A small amount of flakes is normal......I'd need to see what you're talking about. The drain plug is unlikely to be stripped, it'd be the case that is stripped which is non-magnetic.....

There are many methods of fixing the drain plug; hopefully the case isn't cracked. Drill and tap for an OS drain plug or use a helicoil are the most popular solutions.


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how about using an oversized drain plug to correct this issue?

i'm also not familiar with a drill and tap or helicoil.
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Yes, that was my first suggestion; you need to drill and tap for an oversized (OS) drain plug unless you use one that cuts it's own threads - which I wouldn't recommend as the case is fragile.

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Yes, that was my first suggestion; you need to drill and tap for an oversized (OS) drain plug unless you use one that cuts it's own threads - which I wouldn't recommend as the case is fragile.

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what size oversized drain plug would i use and what size drill and tap?
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I sent you a PM on the "other" forum

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Jeremy King, It seems to me as if you got your 'righty tighty - lefty loosey ' confused because you wasn't Laying Down under the bike?

Sorry that your bike sustained the damage.

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