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post #1 of 51 Old 04-09-2011, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Throw in your 2 cents for the newbs

How about a thread where everyone throws in their 2 cents on things you've learned about your bike, or say, an easy way to remove your carb or dremel off this piece to make removing a certain piece super easy in the field? What else - are there basicly 2 reserves on this bike?

I just got my bike and want to change the oil and find the air filter. It didn't come with the manual. Where is the air filter?

Any tips from the more experienced KLR riders?
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I just got my bike and want to change the oil and find the air filter. It didn't come with the manual. Where is the air filter?

Any tips from the more experienced KLR riders?

Air filter is accessed on right side of bike. Remove side cover. There is a rather big black box with a single screw holding the cover on. Air filter is in there, Behind the carb.

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One nice mod.: I used a multibit(after drilliing pilot holes) to put holes in my side panels where the seat bolts on. I then got quick release pins from Hobie Cat and I can remove my sargeant seat in a few seconds without removing anything but 2 pins.I used black liquid tape to "paint" the right panel where I drilled through a bit of heat protectent material.

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In the middle of my 1st oil change on it. Is there suppose to be a washer on the oil drain plug? I would assume so but don't know this bike yet.
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man I have learned a lot,
1. I use Velcro to stick the rear of the seat down.
2. I bent an old 12mm wrench to make it easy to remove the choke cable from the carb.
3. I made the petcock manual instead of Vacuum = one less hose to worry about.
4. Once you take your bike apart several times you get much faster and you learn where each bolt goes just by looking at them.
5. As far as pulling the carb. it is mostly a matter of pulling back on it and spinning the front out. Also at first I was worried that I would hurt something but now that I have done this several times it is easy and the preffered method when doing anything with the carb.
6. Learn what bolts need to be torqued tight and which dont, this will save you from stripping threads like the gas tank mounting bolts.
7. The first time you take the carb. apart change the screws to stainless allen head. (I also changed my carb. clamps to allen head).
8. You mentioned two reserves, sort of there is the one where you run out of gas and then switch to reserve, and then there is the one where you already switched to reserve and you run out, at this time you lay the bike all the way down on its left side then pick it back up and ride till you run out again. You may be able to repeat this and get a couple more miles.
9. No need to remove the front side covers to remove the gas tank, just the two top screws that screw into the tank, then pull the shrouds out at the bottom.

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In the middle of my 1st oil change on it. Is there suppose to be a washer on the oil drain plug? I would assume so but don't know this bike yet.
thanks!
Yep there should be an aluminum crush washer, some say they are a one time use but if you torqe the plug to the correct spec you should be able to reuse it. When changing the filter make sure you dont throw out the metal piece inside of the current filter, also make sure it is in there in the first place and that someone before you did not discard it, it happens often.
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Good tips BK!
I figured there should be a washer on it. Going to have to run ie. ride another bike to the MC shop to find one that works. Bummer
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I filled'r up with 5 gallons and went to reset the trip odometer and it won't reset. Knob pushes in hard and ratchety. It works, it just won't reset.
Is this a common problem? More importantly how do I fix it?

I see the link on the bottom of the rear shock is stamped "136-2". Is this the stock height link? I ask because the bike seems like it stands up kind of straight while on the kickstand. Thanks!
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I filled'r up with 5 gallons and went to reset the trip odometer and it won't reset. Knob pushes in hard and ratchety. It works, it just won't reset.
Is this a common problem? More importantly how do I fix it?

I see the link on the bottom of the rear shock is stamped "136-2". Is this the stock height link? I ask because the bike seems like it stands up kind of straight while on the kickstand. Thanks!
Can't help you on the trip meter, but my stock links have (136-2) and are 5 5/16" hole center to hole center.

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I filled'r up with 5 gallons and went to reset the trip odometer and it won't reset. Knob pushes in hard and ratchety. It works, it just won't reset.
Is this a common problem? More importantly how do I fix it?

I see the link on the bottom of the rear shock is stamped "136-2". Is this the stock height link? I ask because the bike seems like it stands up kind of straight while on the kickstand. Thanks!
You must have a Gen2 (2008>) KLR. There should be a mod to fix that if it bothers you.

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