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post #1 of 16 Old 05-22-2012, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Oil burn after doohickey?

For first 3000 miles, my 2009 KLR never showed less than full on the sight glass. Alway full. Always.

Then I replaced the doohickey and spring, and now I have had to add 1/2 pint every 200 miles since then.

Cooincidence? Did I screw up the doohickey install? Something else amiss?

I don't mind adding a bit of oil now and then, but the suddeness of the onslaught of oil burning has me curious. I operate the bike no differently than before, except that now, I have to add oil after every ride. Not a big deal. Oil is fairly cheap, and as long as it gets no worse, I'll be fine. And if it gets worse, I suppose I can put the OEM doo back in place, to see if that stops the burn. Then if not, I can do the 685 cylinder.


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Did you check to see if maybe there is an oil leak from a misplaced gasket when reassembling?
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as far as i know the Doo has nothing to do with the oil consumption. It is just applying tension to the chain so it shouldn't have any link to burning oil. As stated above you may just have a oil leak from one of the 2 gaskets you replaced during the install.
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Agree; doohickey (balancer chain tension adjustment mechanism) has NOTHING to do with oil consumption; disruption of gasket or seal in the process of "upgrading" doohickey? Possible, I reckon . . .

Just as an aside, I know of no Generation 2 stock doohickey failure in 5 years of production, but . . . some appreciate the better fit and finish of aftermarket doohickeys, and maybe some think negative maintence consequences result from use of the factory part . . .

Spring tension? A separate issue!
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No indication of a leak: no spots on floor, no residue around casing.
Guess I'll just fill up the oil at every gas stop...much like an old Plymouth I used to have, LOL! Except the Plymouth made it to 115,000 miles before it started burning the oil.
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Rode 60 miles yesterday. Down another half pint. At current burn rate, I will never again have to change my oil!

At least that's something positive.
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Rode 60 miles yesterday. Down another half pint. At current burn rate, I will never again have to change my oil!

At least that's something positive.
Did you ever solve the problem. My burns oil on extended runs on the highway. 200+ km at sustained speeds.
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Well, My solution is to simply check/add oil at every fuel stop. It's easy; doesn't cost much. No big deal once you get in the habit.

And I no longer have to change the oil.
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