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post #1 of 17 Old 08-08-2017, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Just a rant

After going through the manual and working a little bit on this '08, I am really annoyed the way Kawasaki added/designed the body work. I had an '84 and it was fairly straight forward to work on. But on this one I need to remove the side panels, then the seat, then the radiator shrouds, then the fuel tank, just to get to the spark plug? Come on, now.
I realize Kawi is trying to keep costs low, but going back to a steel swing arm and sliding chain adjusters just seems cheap. The 84 had an aluminum swing arm and cam adjusters for the chain. Lighter unsprung weight and the much easier to adjust the chain on the road/trail.
I bought this bike as a cheap basket case and after I get it together I think it will be fun, but right now it's a pain.

Sorry for the rant.
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I prefer the earlier Gen1 bodywork myself.....though you still need to remove the same stuff. BTW the swingarm is aluminum.....KLR-A/KLR-E all years.

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My KLR250 has a "cam" drive chain tension adjusting scheme, but . . . my Generation 1 KLR650 does not. Should I demand a refund?
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DPelletier Yes sir, I just discovered this. It had been painted black and I assumed it was steel. My bad.

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I may be wrong, but i don't recall removing the tank to change sparks on the '84. I guess a lot of my irritation with this bike is do to my lack of research before I bought it. It was an impulse buy and I was expecting something more of a dirt bike. I think I'll like it when it's finally together though.

I started checking out adventure riding and that look's fun. After the bike's up and running I imagine I'll get some hard bags to mount on it. (something more to remove when I work on it hahaha)
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Coming together

Got the clutch installed, new water pump seals, cleaned the oil screen, clutch cover on, peg on and brake hooked up. Also mounted the rear tire. That has a self-inflicted pain, I mounted it backwards and had to take it off and remount it. Bearings in the rear hub are good, but the drive chain needs some attention. It has some surface rust so I need to spray that down and try and clean it. The bike has 13,000 miles on it but the sprockets aren't worn so I'm thinking it wasn't off road much.

Got the tank flushed, but I still need to open up the carb since it sat for two years before I bought it.

I was going to do some mods while I had it apart, but I think I'll concentrate on getting it running first.
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Got the tank flushed, but I still need to open up the carb since it sat for two years before I bought it.
Please, oh PLEASE, heed and follow Tom Schmitz' videos when you address your carb:

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http://www.klrforum.com/how-tos-tech...-overhaul.html
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Thanks. I just watched them after I read your message. Also found Redondo Ron's article. Thank again.
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There's been a revolting development since those videos were made.

Ethanol has become much more prevalent in some areas.

If I were to make those videos today I'd add in that the parts should be boiled in water after being soaked in PineSol. The ethanol deposits respond well to being boiled.

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So soak the parts in pine sol (which cleans the varnish?) then boil them in water to remove the residual ethanol.
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