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post #1 of 21 Old 05-25-2013, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 21 Old 05-25-2013, 09:22 AM
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I have a bike in at the moment......18,000kms if I remember correctly(sorry don't usually look at milages)....owner forgot to check oil once.....it has the worst melted down head I have ever seen! Yes his fault.....but the damage is incredible! The cam bearings so melted and worn that the KACR has eaten it's way through the valve cover!!! He says he started to hear a noise when on the highway and before he could get off at the next exit, yes I know, the damage was done. It's an 08.
It needs a complete top end, everything from the tranny up. The crank bearings fortunately seem fine at the moment. It had 1/2 litre of oil left in it.

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I have an 08 that's been burning oil since 4k miles. Just turned over 56k and it's used a bit over 4 gallons I think. I was keeping a log for the class action suit (LOL) but stopped tracking in the mid 40s, my angst with Kawasaki finely abated!

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My 08 is at 20K+ a few and burns oil. Seems to have gotten worse, but I don't keep track. I just add oil when needed.




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The '08 uses about a pint in 400-500 miles when out on the highway trips, when the tach is in that 4K-5K range for long periods of time. If I'm staying around town or nice slow runs in the mountains, or up the coast, it uses a pint in 600-700 miles.
It just turned over 29,000 miles.

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i buzz my 2011 at 4 to 5 grand on the tach all the time, and it never burns a drop.
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I have an 08 and it has been burning oil since about 8,000km. It now has 17,500 km on it. I seem to control the amount the bike burns by keeping my rpm between 4500-5000 rpm on the highway. It only burns 1/2 the amount then....strange or what? If I am on the trails and thumper the bike along, there is no oil burning what so ever.

When I push the bike to 5,000+ rpm on the highway, I can easily burn through 1 litre for 500km. I have added some Lucas oil additive but I am not sure if that is helping or not. I have not had a long highway run yet this year... Currently saving up for a new J&E piston for next year, hopefully that will be my cure....
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The 685 kit will completely solve and fix your oil burning issues. Period. It costs just over $300 from Avisciouscycle, plus machining and a few gaskets.
Yes i know you should never need to do it on a new bike at all. BUT, we do and that is that......it's up to you whether or not you add oil and risk the meltdown or do the 685 repair and not need to worry about it ever again. You still need to peek at the sight glass but I will bet it will never drop again.

I have the second engine in here now that melted. Not from oil burning but from forgetfullness. The owner simply frogot he drained the oil in the fall and didn't refill it in the spring. You will never believe how far ti went without any oil in it. The rode it from Ottawa to Couburg before it siezed! That is 2 hours on the highway! It was a gen 1 machine a 2004 I think without looking at the serial number. That is totally amazing if you ask me. I'm installing a new 2011 engine for him and hopefully he's learned his lesson......lol. Yes it fits, before some tell me it doesn't.

Again guys....check your oil for christ's sake!

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The 685 kit will completely solve and fix your oil burning issues. Period. It costs just over $300 from Avisciouscycle, plus machining and a few gaskets.
Have you ever considered the 719cc piston?

I see Eaglemike has a custom one for sale (manufactured by J&E Piston). It requires a new sleeve but cannot seem to find one - EagleMike does not list them on the website.

Unfortunately there is no one locally that can bore the cylinder for me, so it requires packing it up and sending it somewhere to get done....
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I'm installing a new 2011 engine for him and hopefully he's learned his lesson......lol. Yes it fits, before some tell me it doesn't...
That's a curious statement!

What is the perceived issue here? Who's saying a late model engine won't fit in an early frame, and why?

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