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post #1 of 8 Old 06-17-2010, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Talking "Vintage" '84 KLR 600 - now what?

New proud owner of an '84 KLR600 2300 miles give or take - great condiiton - oh, except it doesn't run. Last ran in spring - loss of power and weird engine noise PO shut it off - has sat since. Sticky valve? Doohicky issue? where should I look first? I will check compression amd clean the carb. Re direct to older thread if appropriate can't be the first to ask this. Thanks!!
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-17-2010, 02:35 PM
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Not much to go on there, idea2b. Did it get hot and lose power? Did it run out of oil and lose power? Had the valves ever been adjusted?

Have no idea where you are located, but there are some parts available.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585553

Without further information, my thoughts lean towards pulling off the left side engine cover for a visual of what is happening in there. I'd be looking the balancer system over and the cam chains.

Some basic information would be helpful, like, will the engine turn over? Are you hearing anything out of the ordinary as you slowly drop the kick starter? Truth is, this could be anything from a catastrophic engine failure to a bad spark plug. Need just a little bit more to go on.
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Thanks vatrader ! sorry I'm lacking details - just picked thebike up last night. From what I gather after the bike sat for a bit after the PO broke his toe kick starting it he fired her up again and after warm up he experienced a loss of power and heard and engine noise and immediatley turned it off - he was at home not out riding. He mentioned a small piece of foam may have gotten sucked into the carb at some point not clear from what fuel filter? The guy was helpful and talkative but he covered a lot of ground. I am not an experienced bike owner. This is my third but never really had to work on them much. Bike has a new timing chain he installed, he treated the tank with some rustproofing stuff, aftermarket exhaust, supposedly electronics , everything in fin e order except the obvious. I haven't even tried to start it yet - does the battery need a charge to kick start it ? I assume not but I'm kinda ignorant Thanks to any and all for advice.
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Well, thats more info. I'm thinking....look into that foam thing. Air filter would be my first guess. If it gobbled a chunk, best you know what you are looking for. As far as the battery, do you have access to a LOW amp charger? Like 2 amps or less? Bike batteries don't do well with high output chargers. Kind of a kiss of death. If it needs water, add DISTILLED water, not tap water. French kiss of death.

Did he indicate if the foam getting sucked in and the engine noise he heard when he shut it down were related? Anyways, I see a carb clean in your future. However, before I treated the carburetor, I would be checking for a sucking chest wound in the engine!

The Columbo in me takes interest in the fact he put in a new "timing chain". I see the left engine cover coming off to check things out. Maybe pulling the valve cover. Neither are difficult. Got a digital camera handy?
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drain the oil and run it though a filter to look for metal bits. if you have metal bits, you need to crack it open before running it.

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Thanks for the advice. I have turned it over to a guy at work that is a bike mechanic. Not sure what I was thinking - my patience ran out before I got it off the trailer. I'm thinking maybe a sticky valve(s) compression seems a little on the light side when kicking it over - at least compared to an '82 XR500. At least it seems to have all its bits and pieces - got it cheap - we'll see if it stays that way.
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Keep us posted. Stick around 'till it comes back home!
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Will do! Thanks again.
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