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post #1 of 16 Old 05-27-2013, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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hey guys, been lurking for a while now and picked up my 2013 KLR 650 a couple weeks ago. I've replaced the oil and filter a couple times so far and installed a magnetic drain plug on the first change. it's time for the first factory scheduled maintenance and i've got a couple rainy days in the forecast to get it done. the dealership did a really good job of marking most fasteners, so i have done and can do again a quick visual on most bolts and nuts.

my plan is:

- replace oil and filter
- adjust clutch and throttle cables
- adjust, clean and lubricate drive chain
- check fluid (coolant, brake) levels and look for leaks
- check all hoses, brake lines and gear clamps
- play the xylophone on my spokes to listen for loose spokes, snug up if required
- check steering play
- visually inspect all marked fasteners for movement
- check the torque on front axle, caliper mounting bolts, exhaust, handle bars, fork clamps, engine mounts, sub frame bolts, foot peg bolts, suspension bolts, swing arm.

i bought some raising links and will probably be installing them as well. so i will also likely take apart the rear suspension and swing arm for a good lubing with a water proof grease.

also, while i have the tank and fairings off i'm thinking about doing a valve check and adjustment if required. contemplating advancing the exhaust cam, while i'm in there....

so my questions to you guys are....

- should i attempt to adjust the balancer chain tension? i know it needs to be replaced and isn't scheduled for adjustment for a long time but....
- should i blue loctite all the fairing and skid plate fasteners?
- does the steering need to be taken apart and greased now or can it wait till the winter? (assuming play is fine)
- is there anything else that should be looked at right away?
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-27-2013, 04:25 PM
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You have it all figured out pretty well.
If you are palnning on doig a good service in the winter months, I would wait for the swing arm and steering head until then. I would do a valve shim check now. Advancing the exhaust can is your callm, many say it's great. I would be going into your carb and setting it up correctly for your elevation of riding. I would blue loctite all fasteners you find and all fasteners you take out. Yes i would adjust your DOO as in loosen it a quarter turn and then tighten it back up, then do your DOO in the winter with an EM DOO and torsion spring. It's a personal choice to adjust the clutch and throttle cables, adjust to your fit so to speak. As for subframe bolts, your call again but I would do the drill through kit and then replace the lower ones with the grade 10 bolts in the kit. Especially if you are north of 200lbs and carry any sort of weight.

Tire pressures....? Tightness of the speedo cable at each end. Lube the front speedo drive hub. Check for any possible rub spots in the wiring harness. Over the winter I would dilectric gease all electrical fittings. I would also remove both safety switches, clutch and side stand.

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post #3 of 16 Old 05-27-2013, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the reply,

i'll be more than happy to wait till winter for the swing arm, suspension and steering lube, wasn't looking forward to taking a brand new bike apart in the first couple weeks

yes, planned on doing the EM doo this winter but figure adjusting now after initial wear in would be a good idea.

was waiting on the sub-frame bolts until i ordered some crash bars but for the $$ i'll order some upgraded bolts for next week. then i'll be ready when i get the crash bars and only have to upgrade to a longer top bolt.

tire pressure is checked weekly but i will lube the spedo cable hub and check the harness for tightness and rubbing. i have already bookmarked the recent thread where you guys were talking about disabling the safety switches, was just waiting to make sure it doesn't have to go back to the dealership first.

you're dead on about the carb needing to be tuned a little bit. i have re-torqued the exhaust fasteners but still get some backfiring when engine breaking. was thinking about pulling the plug for a quick look but i'm pretty sure she's a little lean. would you recommend tuning the stock carb now or waiting until i do some carb upgrades? I'm in southern Ontario, less than a km north of lake Ontario, so about 300' ASL.

thanks again for the reply, all advice is greatly appreciated
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I live an hour north of you in Pefferlaw. A good ride for a new bike....lol. We can shoot the breeze if you like. PM me....

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thanks, will do

well for once the weather forecast was right, rain and more rain for today, time to get on with the service...... not sure if i bought the bike more to ride or to tinker with
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after a bit of wait for the proper shims, i just got back from my post service test ride. the valves were at the tightest side of the spec, so i adjusted them to the loosest possible. no backfiring during engine braking, i'm pretty happy with that.

i'd like to thank willys for taking the time to answer my question here, by pm and even a phone call, above and beyond
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after a bit of wait for the proper shims, i just got back from my post service test ride. the valves were at the tightest side of the spec, so i adjusted them to the loosest possible. no backfiring during engine braking, i'm pretty happy with that.

i'd like to thank willys for taking the time to answer my question here, by pm and even a phone call, above and beyond
I hope he didn't try to get you drinkin' those PineSol shooters he makes.....
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after a bit of wait for the proper shims, i just got back from my post service test ride. the valves were at the tightest side of the spec, so i adjusted them to the loosest possible. no backfiring during engine braking, i'm pretty happy with that.

i'd like to thank willys for taking the time to answer my question here, by pm and even a phone call, above and beyond
Glad I could help......any time...

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I hope he didn't try to get you drinkin' those PineSol shooters he makes.....
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he didn't but i made sure to have some on hand, just in case

just got back from a much longer test run and the backfiring isn't gone completely but is much better. when i checked the torque of the exhaust fasteners they were all good, may install a new exhaust gasket. guess its time to consider a carb adjustment, didn't pull the plug to check but.....
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4....it's a great weekend to do a carb cleaning....rain for the most part.....ideal weather to get'er done......besides you have the most important part now......pinesol.....lol....happy soaking.....

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