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post #1 of 16 Old 09-11-2014, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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So this winter I plan on adding a couple things to the electrical system. I also figure I should check the valve shims. Is there anything else I should take care of while I can't go riding? It's a 2013 with just over 12k miles on it at the moment. The PO did the doohickey change out and a few other things. Still pretty new to the klr world, so thanks for the advice!
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post #2 of 16 Old 09-12-2014, 04:24 AM
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If you've never done it, Winter's a good time to take the swingarm off and get some grease in those bearings. I did it a couple of years ago and was glad I did because there was very little factory grease present in the bearings.



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Agreed. I've never done any water crossings with my 08 and it was a bear to get moving. Slid it half way out, put grease on the shaft and squirt oil into the other side. Then it was moving in and out with ease. Maybe I better check it again.

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I thought winter is the best time to ride. Maybe that is just here.
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I'll have to look at the maintenance record the PO gave me. I think he greased the whole rear end at some point but i can't remember for sure. I'm glad he was nice enough to keep meticulous records of everything he did.
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to keep the battery healthy, take it out (unless you are in a heated garage) and every month just put it on trickle charge to keep it topped up. Also a good time to clean up the chain, and if the budget allows, add some farkles/accessories. Finally, pray for an early spring.
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It will be kept in a heated garage, and one of the first things I'm going to do is install the connection for the battery tender i just got. What about checking and/or changing fork oil? Just don't want to have to do any wrenching come next spring.
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post #8 of 16 Old 09-13-2014, 06:50 PM
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I need to pull my swingarm this inter and grease it. What is the most recommended grease for this job? Don't want to have to pull the swingarm every year or two if it can be avoided.
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OK, so I just bought a "new" bike last weekend. So I'm having a blast doing maintenance and bringing her back to life. I removed the swingarm nut and tap it with a hammer and it just slides right out. But the thing is the swingarm has zerts on it from the factory. Tapped it half way out and put heavy grease on one side and squirted some oil in the other.
Since I was in the mood for a lot of maintenance on my bikes and this thread got me thinking, I figured I'd check out the KLR bolt. Removed the nut and tapped it with a hammer and it moved. Not as easily as the old Honda but it did move which was a nice feeling. Tapped it over half way out, greased and oiled and tapped her back in. She's ready to go!

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If it hasn't been done checking the oil screen is a good winter project.

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