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post #1 of 8 Old 12-29-2012, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hey folks--new KLR owner here. I just picked up a 2009 with only 1300 miles! Obviously, the bike hasn't been ridden too much and is something I've wanted for awhile. Cant' wait to give it a try.

But..here's my questionS. I just changed the oil and filter. 2 Questions:

1. According to the manual, it should 2.6 quarts at the change (with a filter change). I put in 2 quarts and it's over the TOP line on the sight glass. So, should I go by the sight glass or still put in 2.6 qts?

2. When I changed the filter, I noticed that the piston assembly inside the filter ( the little tube thing) was missing! I'm guessing it got thrown out when the previous owner changed the filter. Anyways, the bike has been run without it. Is that safe? i did order a new one from my dealer, but in the mean time-I can run the bike?



Thanks for your comments--looking forward to doing lots more to the bike!
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1. Put the two quarts in, run it then recheck.

2. Means the oil will be unfiltered. I'd wait until you get the tube replaced.
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Not an expert here but I know the tube thing routes the oil through the filter and I think has a pressure relief valve in case the filter becomes clogged. It would seem you can run without it but your oil isn't being filtered. As far as the amount of oil goes there seems to be some debate as to the accuracy of the site glass. I change oil and filter then run it briefly to fill the filter, then I check it again holding the bike as upright as possible and fill to the top line as needed.
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Thanks guys for the info. I've got the bike on a swing arm stand so it's standing upright. I don't think the stand would effect the level all that much. I know when I change the oil on my Hayabusa and RC51 on the stand--everything is A-OK.
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I always put 2.5 liters in when I change oil and filter on my 08. It does fill slightly above glass but that's fine, it'll lower itself soon enough

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Thanks guys for the info. I've got the bike on a swing arm stand so it's standing upright. I don't think the stand would effect the level all that much. I know when I change the oil on my Hayabusa and RC51 on the stand--everything is A-OK.
I have found that when my bike is on the track stand the level of oil in the sight glass is higher.
I would check the level again when not using the swing arm stand.
Maybe I'm too OCD!
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I have found that when my bike is on the track stand the level of oil in the sight glass is higher.
I would check the level again when not using the swing arm stand.
Maybe I'm too OCD!
I checked the oil both ways---on the stand and off--doesn't really seem to make much difference in the level of oil in the sight glass

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Who knows when the tube was discarded, but if it was not re-installed early in the bike's life, only now having 1300 miles on it is a good thing. You are to be commended for noticing it was missing.

I never measure how much oil I actually put in. I fill mine right to the top of the sight glass window.



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