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post #31 of 39 Old 06-25-2019, 09:54 PM
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I have an 08, oil burning isn't an issue even though I'm running 5w30 synthetic. I'Il add maybe a cup per 500 miles.
That inconsistency is what drives KLR owners Insane!!

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post #32 of 39 Old 06-25-2019, 11:15 PM
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Just askin' . . . doesn't the Owner's Manual dictate different volumes for oil changes, with and without filter exchange? If so, KAWASAKI has spoken! The official position MUST be correct!
Lessee here then whattawegot?

From the 2008 Owners Manual:


300cc? That's like telling me that I wear a size 16 shoe just like Shaq. Exceptin' I can look at my feet and know better. That's oil filter capacity like an FL-1A, the greatest filter ever made.

From the 2015 Owners Manual:


That seems about right. 100cc pretty well jives with what the oil filter cavity looks like and measures like. Bummer about the loss of oil capacity in the sump, though. I wonder where it went.

Probably taken up by the sixth gear...
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post #33 of 39 Old 06-27-2019, 04:48 AM
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will be following this closely. my 08 burned oil and i just went for the 692 kit. does kawasaki admit a problem even exist?
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post #34 of 39 Old 06-27-2019, 10:36 AM
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will be following this closely. my 08 burned oil and i just went for the 692 kit. does kawasaki admit a problem even exist?
The KLR650 engine is very close to the bore & stroke of a 318 CID Dodge V8.

How much oil would have a 318 Dodge or 327 Chevy engine burned at 5000 - 6500 rpm per 1000 miles?
Ok, we all know those stock engines wouldn't have even lasted a 1000 miles at those rpms. So, how much oil burn at 4500 - 5000 rpm? Is that continuous rpm still to high for a 4.00 bore x 3.25 stroke to survive a 100,000 + miles?

One needs to remember that the KLR600 & 650 engines were designed during the 55 MPH nation wide speed limit. Yet they been proven to survive to over 200,000 miles.

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post #35 of 39 Old 07-05-2019, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry fellas, haven’t forgotten about this. Just been busy, was gone for 4 days delivering an airplane. Just haven’t ridden much. Only about another 100 miles. Will be riding 3-400 more this weekend, all highway. Haven’t added any all yet. Will see how it does this weekend. Hoping for more good results!
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A week long airplane delivery trip and a week and a half trip to see my GF, I haven’t ridden much. Finally home and been riding back and forth to work and errands. So far have a little over 500 miles, all highway (55-75), and have added no oil. That was the sight glass this morning. Started this just barely covering the whole glass. And since I have the stock exhaust on it I’m riding it harder as I don’t have the noise I had with the lexx. So still very happy with the oil mods. Supposed to ride with a friend this weekend. 300 round trip to his place plus whatever we end up riding. Will post results after the weekend.
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Had a wonderful 2 days of riding this weekend! Some burning up the highway to get there, and some trails and backroad exploring totaling almost 500 miles. 300 were the same almost 300 miles on the highway to get to Springfield and back at 65-75 mph. Then 180 of back roads, glade top state park with trails, off road and 2 lane highways, which also was my best mpg since I’ve owned it at 48.5.
Total mileage to date since oil change and oil mods is 1016. This engine acts like it has rings one day and none the next! I added some oil twice this weekend. And just added enough to keep a tiny air bubble. So in 1000 miles I’ve used about 2/3 qt. Used very little first 500 and most of it this weekend. Still very much a net gain, but ridden the same way on the same stretch of highway it burn little, and sometimes quite a bit. Still happy with the results and will keep monitoring and updating here. Also turned over 40,000 total this weekend. She still starts and runs perfectly fine.
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Sorry for the lack of updates. I reached my 2000 mile oil change with the mods installed this weekend. Due to work and am ailing family member, I haven’t done as much exploring, back road and off road riding as planned. But I enjoy riding it so much I don’t care if it’s been 90/10 highway lately. Engine still runs just fine and at 2000 miles, I used a total of a 1.8 qts added. Which is more than acceptable for me at this stage. I have the Arkansas TAT planned for first week of October, and I’ll be riding it every chance I can till the end of riding season here in MO. Hopefully several thousand miles. This oil change was to Rotella T6. Found a gallon on sale for about the price of regular T4. Will keep tabs on this run as well. More updates soon. But still very pleased with the mod results.
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post #39 of 39 Old 09-20-2019, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Another update. Been riding the bike a lot. Not “adventuring” like I’d planned. But 90-95% on the highway to work and home and trips to my mom’s of 300 miles. It’s not burning the T6 nearly as quickly. Just put some in to the top of the glass again. Still have several ounces left in the first fill quart of oil. Total miles since the change a few weeks ago, 1204. I’d say it’s gone from a quart per 1000 with T4 to a quart in 1300 of nearly all highway use. No changes to the engine made and still runs great. Probably put another 1000 or 2 before the season ends and can gear it down for the 685 kit. Put a total of almost 6000 on it since I started riding it in April.
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