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post #1 of 7 Old 06-06-2008, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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First Servicing?

So I've got 600ish miles on my new '08, running great now that the carb is cleaned. (Another thread about that) and if memory serves, there is a 600 mile inspection that should probably be done.

I looked through the maintinence chart in the manual, looks like the only thing that *should* be done by a Kawasaki dealer at that stage is the spoke tightness and runout on the wheels.

Thing is, I am going on a long ride (800 miles) next weekend (fathers day) down to Portland, and I called the dealer today on my way home from work, and they're 3-4 days out, first come first serve....I'm leaving Thursday afternoon.

Think I should try to get it done before then, or think it would be ok to just take it in as soon as I get back.

I'm mechanically inclined enough to work on these things. (Been tearing apart a buddy's LS650, and putting it back together with no issues)

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-06-2008, 06:54 PM
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Forget the dealer servicing and do it yourself. The only thing the dealer does is change the oil and check the bolts for tightness and cables. As long as you keep records of your service and receipts your warranty will not be voided. Have never heard of the dealer checking spokes or wheel runout before. I have a Word Maintenance chart I can send you if you would like. I just need an email address to send it too. You can pm it to me of you like.
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-09-2008, 10:44 PM
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i have 600 miles on my 08 klr i already changed the oil and filter used motul is there any valve adjustments or any other engine adjustment that i should do
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-10-2008, 08:40 AM
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I did my own first service. Changing the oil is a must if you haven't already. check the bolts conecting the muffler to the frame. The chain would be something to check and lube (lube every 400 mi. I use 90w) as they stretch a lot at first. Your owners manual has the chart and gives the page numbers on how to adjust each item listed. The spoke thing even on my bicycles is tapping on them and listening to their tone and make sure i don't hear a thud. If you ride for long at high speeds check the oil often. Mine uses little oil when i'm riding locally but 1/2 quart in 500 miles at 80-90 mph indicated....+-72-80 actual. Odometer seems accurate. Enjoy your trip
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-10-2008, 11:13 AM
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As a service manager of a large motor sports dealership I believe in taking your first service to the dealer. We don't sell Kawi but no matter the brand I would get it done by them. We always check the valves and do a very through inspection of the machine along with the normal service of fluids. If your dealership is checking spokes I find that to be a good thing. Just my two cents.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-13-2008, 11:05 PM
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I called my dearler for the cost on the first service they want 150.00 that is a bit stiff if you ask me. I will change my oil and filter my self i will nut and bolt it my self also i have all tools i will need. checking the spokes is a good idea mor so if you do much off road tapping them is a good way if you find them loose it is not bad to do yourself if you have the patiance you can check the alinment of your tire and wheel asemble by geting front or rear tire off the gound center stand works best place a tall socket close to tire and spine observe the distance between socket and tire place a mark on tire at the point the tire is the closest that will be your high side with verry small adjustment you can do this your self most cases you would losen the high side and tighten the low side. I also asked dealer if i changed oil and filter my self would it void waranty they said no but to cover your self keep good records.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-15-2008, 08:54 AM
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My dealer wanted $225 for the service but I did it myself.

If you notice most maintenance in the manual recommends your authorized Kawasaki dealer. According to them the inspection or removal of the spark plug should be done but a qualified mechanic.

The spokes would likely only be an issue if it was used off-road, jumped, or you do frequent wheelies.
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