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post #1 of 6 Old 05-28-2012, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Where will this end up?

My 2009 KLR uses a quart of oil every 300 miles or so. Not a big problem: I just add oil every time I get gas. But what concerns me is the end game. If I continue to ride this bike, and add oil as required, can I expect to get 30-40, or 50,000 miles out of it? Or will the piston cake up with deposits and crap out on me in the next couple of months?

I really don't want to spring for a 685 kit just now. I am resigned to simply adding oil as it is needed. But where will this likely all end up?
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My 2009 KLR uses a quart of oil every 300 miles or so. Not a big problem: I just add oil every time I get gas. But what concerns me is the end game. If I continue to ride this bike, and add oil as required, can I expect to get 30-40, or 50,000 miles out of it? Or will the piston cake up with deposits and crap out on me in the next couple of months?

I really don't want to spring for a 685 kit just now. I am resigned to simply adding oil as it is needed. But where will this likely all end up?
Thats a ton of oil man, every time you fill up you have to put a half quart in. If thats true I would say you are going to be replacing a bunch of plugs in that many miles.
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Mine burns, but not like that. Like a goddamn Phish concert. 685 kit?




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The 685 kit has a good reputation as a solid product.

Yet, I wonder . . . would a proper rebore, oversize factory piston and rings possibly alleviate the excessive oil consumption problem at lower cost? Maybe, re-ringing only?

The cost and effort may be close enough, the 685 kit emerges as the most sensible option.

I merely harken back to olden days, when new pistons and/or rings, and perhaps valve oil seals, were embraced as possible cures for "oil-pumpers." These considerations may be worthless, since, "That was then; this is now!"
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-29-2012, 08:16 AM
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At a quart every 300 miles, it wouldn't take long to justify a big bore.
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My 2009 KLR uses a quart of oil every 300 miles or so. Not a big problem: I just add oil every time I get gas. But what concerns me is the end game. If I continue to ride this bike, and add oil as required, can I expect to get 30-40, or 50,000 miles out of it? Or will the piston cake up with deposits and crap out on me in the next couple of months?

I really don't want to spring for a 685 kit just now. I am resigned to simply adding oil as it is needed. But where will this likely all end up?

No it's a problem...

Something is broken in the top end, probably a ring. Could be a valve seal. I wouldn't ride it until you have a look. Surprised it runs allright.

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