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post #1 of 54 Old 01-06-2020, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Oil burning

So, who's got a solution to the oil burning besides RE boring?

I've read the westman oil mod thread. Does his machine still use oil?
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Keeping the rpm down on the highway.
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You've had 8 or you have 8?

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The condensed version is here: https://www.souperdoo.com/stuff%20th...ht-oil-burning

These were the threads during development:
https://www.klrforum.com/1987-2007-w...ch-ya-got.html
https://www.klrforum.com/1987-2007-w...ride-data.html
https://www.klrforum.com/1987-2007-w...mportance.html
https://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650...09-klr650.html
https://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650...ults-only.html

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"the condensed version" Sounds ominous. Does mr westman's ride still use oil? very interesting thread.


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Had 8, currently have 4. Pics in the thread linked to in my signature line.
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"the condensed version" Sounds ominous. Does mr westman's ride still use oil? very interesting thread.
IMO, all engines will use some engine oil between oil changes. Whether or not the usage is enough to justify adding some depends on just how much is consumed during its useage.

I can only suggest that with the smallest orifice that I have had NERVE Enough to test, my Well Abused engine didn't use a great lot of oil on a 3000 mile run. (I probably was at least 1 pint low at oil change time. So 1.2 qt consumed.) Compare the far left run ppm numbers to the UA numbers on the far right. Still a great report.

https://www.klrforum.com/622345-post70.html
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How much was it using before you did the mods? If i may ask



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IMO, all engines will use some engine oil between oil changes. Whether or not the usage is enough to justify adding some depends on just how much is consumed during its useage.

I can only suggest that with the smallest orifice that I have had NERVE Enough to test, my Well Abused engine didn't use a great lot of oil on a 3000 mile run. (I probably was at least 1 pint low at oil change time. So 1.2 qt consumed.) Compare the far left run ppm numbers to the UA numbers on the far right. Still a great report.

https://www.klrforum.com/622345-post70.html
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Until the beginning of these mods, which I began to hopefully help the 2008+ oil burners, I never really bothered to track its consumption.

Keep it above the half window mark after filling the oil filter & try to ride the wheels off of it!

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post #10 of 54 Old 01-10-2020, 12:45 PM
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So, who's got a solution to the oil burning besides RE boring?

I've read the westman oil mod thread. Does his machine still use oil?
Here is my 2 cents that seems to curb the oil burning on my 09 KLR. Jezebel is going on 21K miles and was burning oil enough I was checking the oil level on every ride. Jezebel is named so because she like it a little dirty, and to be ridden hard. I started using Mobil1 Synth 15-50, topping it just above the oil line with just a little bubble left. Next I added Dyna Lube, and that help slow the oil burn and stop the metal shavings found on my magnetic oil plug. I used Dynalube years ago on an old VW that was a heavy oil burner, and it made a huge difference, with no ill side effect like other additives I'd tried. I now only top up Jezebel about every 3rd or 4th ride, just a few ounces. I ride in the canyons of San Gabriel, CA anywhere from 75 - 160 miles. Keeping the oil just above the line seems to make a difference in the loss of oil. The oil burns increasingly faster the farther below the line is goes. This has made my oil burner much more manageable. Hope this can help.
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