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post #1 of 8 Old 05-07-2020, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Metal flake in oil

I wipe the oil up that was resting under the filter. To my surprise, I saw metal flakes. I know that's not good. My bike is 2000 and only has 4k original miles. Yes you read this right. The bike sat for over 10 yrs. I got it with 800+ miles last year. After cleaning the carb. And oil/filter change. I road the bike 400 miles changed oil again. So this change is around 2800 miles. Can I consider this normal break in stuff? The O.P. never road past 45 mph and never longer than 30mins. Mostly fields until he dropped it in city traffic. He was a vertically challenged fellow.
So that is the history. I ride the bike. I have pushed it at 80mph as indicated on Gauge cluster on I-40 for at least an hour staying with traffic.
Please let me know what you think. The bike will fire up on the second hit every time. Dec. It was 45* and it took about 5 times than she hit. So I believe the valves are OK. I should check it or not?
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Totally normal to have a little every now & then with shared transmission case, but be careful to keep the flakes, chips, slivers OUT of the 6:00 oil port.

Read here, https://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650...our-story.html
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Thank you Pdwestman. I did collect the drained oil in a glass jar. No metal flake their and very very little grey. So I feel better.
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That is mostly Blue, Pink, Silver & White assembly check list paint that I see in your oil filter. Totally Normal.

And one will always see 'shine' in the used oil if one takes it out into the sunshine. That 'shine' is mostly clutch plate polishings, imo.
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Thank you so much. I feel so much better. So I just wiped the stuff out of bottom and I am not sure if anything fell into that hole. I think I am going to change the oil again just to be safe.
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Thank you so much. I feel so much better. So I just wiped the stuff out of bottom and I am not sure if anything fell into that hole. I think I am going to change the oil again just to be safe.
Changing the oil AGAIN will not help in any way. Let me suggest that rod bearing failure is a 1 in a 100,000 oil changes type of failure. YMMV

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