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post #1 of 52 Old 02-20-2016, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Start of the 685 conversion

Good day KLR "God's" so I'm starting my transition to a Schnitz Racing 685 Kit. My 2009 with 43000Km's was starting to consum so oil, didn't smoke but .....
Here's a couple of pictures of the head and top of the piston.


Any words of wisdom that could be passed on will be greatly appreciated!
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Maybe you ought to start here,
http://www.klrforum.com/1987-2007-wr...ride-data.html

You may have a 'lot to learn'.

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Thanks pdwestman, that'll keep me up for a few hours of reading. I appreciate some insight.
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Thanks for the thoughts, I'll give Jimmy T, a call an chat him up abit. It has me thinking.
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Be great to see a complete build report with Picts as you progress. Some day I may be in needing something like that.

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If you are thinking about reconditioning the head you might want to consider getting it ported at the same time. The KLR head is the biggest restriction in the flow through the bike and the biggest power gains are to be had by spending money there. It isn't that much more to get it opened up if you are re-doing it any way, depending on what yours needs. http://www.mtechmotorcycles.com/perf...5-705-kits.htm
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Thanks there General Just Jeff!
Looks interesting too say the least. But the blood sheading of the Canadian Dollar might limit thoughts of sending south of the border. Looking into local machine shop first, might be sending to Winkler MB. GreatWhiteNorth has had work done by them. With favorable results. Thinking - reading.
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That's interesting! Do you know if they do porting?
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Thanks there General Just Jeff!
Looks interesting too say the least. But the blood sheading of the Canadian Dollar might limit thoughts of sending south of the border. Looking into local machine shop first, might be sending to Winkler MB. GreatWhiteNorth has had work done by them. With favorable results. Thinking - reading.
Ya if you were going to go the whole way with exhaust and cams on the Canuck buck may as well by a KTM.

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