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post #1 of 11 Old 05-15-2012, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone used Teflon washers in place of the aluminum crush washer?


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post #2 of 11 Old 05-15-2012, 09:50 PM
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Since washers were brought up... How often does anyone change theirs? I've done probably 7 changes and haven't had any issues with the stock crush washer. I just make sure to only torque to the 21lbs.


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What it this torque you speak of??? LOL. Yeah I have just used the stock washer over and over and it's never leaked..... Or been torqued. If it starts leaking down the road then off to Napa for a new one!



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One most of my bikes I change them every few oil changes. I now have the EM lo pro mag plug and it came with washers, but I have yet to change oil since installing it.

I would just get a new crush washer of some sort from a local mc dealer.

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I went ahead and used the old one. I'll have to put that on my things to buy list. Thanks

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Has anyone used Teflon washers in place of the aluminum crush washer?


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Do not use teflon or plastic washers here, the material will compression set with time/temperature and pressure, the loss in force will allow the bolt to become loose. The idea behind the aluminum washer is when compressed, it will conform to the case and bolt surfaces and seal, will not appreciably compression set. The aluminum washer becomes work hardened over time so it either needs to be annealed or replaced. From what I've seen, you're good to go for dozens of oil changes without concern using the same washer.
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I just make sure to only torque to the 21lbs.


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Mr. Kawasaki says, "17 ft-lbs."

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Mr. Kawasaki says, "17 ft-lbs."

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There seems to be a difference in the drain plug torques between model years. GenI vs. Gen2? My '09 manual calls for 21 ft-lbs. Others say their manual (year of their particular KLR unknown) calls for 17 ft-lbs.

Don't know if the extra 4 ft-lbs. might result in a stripped drain plug if the higher/"newer" torque value were used on an old plug or not. I doubt it, but you never know and thought I'd bring it up.




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I torqued around 20. I didn't feel good torquing much further on aluminum.


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Generation 1; ca. 17 ft-lb; if the specification changes with Generation 2 models, I'm now enlightened!

Regardless, not a problem. Strip the threads, just screw in an OVERSIZE OIL DRAIN PLUG!

http://www.cgenterprises.com/drain_p...ize_repair.htm
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