In an efford to "fix" my '09 BEFORE it becomes a problem, my goal on THIS KLR was to fix the weak links before I broke 200 miles.
so far I've....
1. Installed the Doo fix, (Key-rist the motor had 100 miles and there was NO spring tension on the lever. The spring was rattling @)!
2. Did the .22 fix
3. Now to TRY to keep my oil where it belongs......
I've installed the "Thermo-Bob" thremostat kit.
The idea being that the cylinder "flexes" whilist heating and cooling as the OEM thermostat opens and closes. The idea also being that the thermo is too cool, (165??).
The kit contains a nice almn. housing well made, looks trick! (the pic on line makes it look like plastic, but it's a nice unit
), with a by-pass fitting. It also has a fitting for the lower hose for the by-pass system, so the engine always has a coolant flowing.
Drop the coolant, remove the OEM themo, (the kit has a "O" ring seal).
He has nice instruction, (with great pics!), on how to install it.
Over all it took maybe an hour including taking all the body parts off, watching a U tube vidoe on an older KLR install, looking at the instructions.
I was concerned the motor would take longer to come to operating temp cuz it has a flow, but it came to temp the normal amount of time, (I use it to commute every day, so I know how many streets to the temp comes up).
The temp is running a tad higher, but no much (I think he has a 185 thermo in it).
The temp needle stayed same place through traffic, idling for a while.
Over all I like the kit, like the look.....
No to see if I use oil........
If it ain't broke, give me time, I can break anything.