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post #1 of 12 Old 11-11-2012, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everybody! I'm new here and i know nothing about motorcycle but a friend of mine gave me a klr650 1994 which slept for the last 10 years in a barn. I picked it up and i would like to make it work as a new one. Today i changed ouil, ouil filther and brake lubricants so if somebody can learn me what to do, it would be really helpfull.

Sorry for my english, i'm Québécois!
Thanks!
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post #2 of 12 Old 11-11-2012, 10:11 PM
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Welcome, probably need to do a good carb cleaning, fresh fuel, clean air filter and change out fuel and vacuum hoses for starters to see how it runs. Good luck and others will have suggestions.
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post #3 of 12 Old 11-11-2012, 10:37 PM
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Hello everybody! I'm new here and i know nothing about motorcycle but a friend of mine gave me a klr650 1994 which slept for the last 10 years in a barn. I picked it up and i would like to make it work as a new one. Today i changed ouil, ouil filther and brake lubricants so if somebody can learn me what to do, it would be really helpfull.

Sorry for my english, i'm Québécois!
Thanks!
Don't be sorry for your English, most people on here only know ONE language and you have two! I'll bet my French is way worse than your English.
A bike that has been stored for that long is bound to have some issues. Having been stored inside is a good thing though. It won't have much for sun damage. Tires and tubes will likely need replacing as well as hoses. Don't drive the bike on the highway without replacing the tires as they could be rotten and might blowout. Best thing to do is to get it running and decide from there if it is worth sinking a few more dollars to make it road worthy.

The carb is likely ok as the fuel in it would be "pre alcohol" and should have just evaporated. The fuel in the tank will be no good and should be discarded. I haven't used it myself but some people on the site would suggest using a fuel additive called "Seafoam" in the new gas to clean out any deposits or varnish in the carb.
Buy a manual. Clymer makes a pretty good one, just GOOOOOOOGLE "Clymer" to get to their website.
How many miles are on the bike?
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
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Welcome to the forum. Lots of good people with a ton of knowledge and great info on here. Don't worry about the English, like Jeff said, most of us only speak one language. Definately get the Clymer manual. It will walk you through a lot. YouTube is a good resource as well to get an idea of how to do things.


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post #5 of 12 Old 11-12-2012, 08:54 AM
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Another welcome, this time from the Great White almost North.....lol.

I would rebuild the carb, at least, just to make sure it is clean and won't create issues down the road from the dried up fuel. I would also either clean out the airfilter extremely well or just buy a UNI, they're cheap so to speak and are the best imho for flow etc. I also would run the bike for a while maybe a few hundred kms and then change the oil again, just to make sure it's as clean as you can get it. I would once it's running, listen at the left side engine case for any chain noise or rattliing that sounds out of the norm.....it could mean the DOO (cam chain ballancer tensioner) is either broken or very loose. IF, you have the time and can get the cover off I would do this also to visually check to make sure it's there and also the spring is intact. I bet it hasn't been upgraded and they all should be to stop the tensioner system destroying your engine. It sounds way worse than it is really but it can happen and has....better to check and rule it out than say forget it and maybe it breaks and ruins your engine. It's well documented so do search the site for the information on it. It is a relatively cheap fix. I also agree with the tires and tubes.....10 year old rubber isn't the best to risk riding on, you never know....? Brake fluid should be drained and flushed and good quality new brake fluid installed. Search out bypassing the safety switches and I would do it for sure, some don't, they can leave you stranded on the side of the road if one play up. It is an easy fix also. As for the carb cleaning, there are many threads discussing this, I use pinesol to clean the carb.....again search you will find it.
I can keep going for a while.....do the research and ask as many questions as you need....that is why we are here.....to help.....

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post #6 of 12 Old 11-12-2012, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Today i took off front and rear brake pads for the first time of my life! I kind of proud of myself!
my next goal is to take off carburator and clean it but i don't know what to use to give it a good clean so if sombody could tell me, it would be really apreciated!
Tanks!
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post #7 of 12 Old 11-12-2012, 09:24 PM
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Today i took off front and rear brake pads for the first time of my life! I kind of proud of myself!
my next goal is to take off carburator and clean it but i don't know what to use to give it a good clean so if sombody could tell me, it would be really apreciated!
Tanks!
I'd follow Willy's advice above. To clean it he has said in the past he soaks it in Pinsol overnight. Im sure he'll be on sometime soon to answer. That or a really good carb/throttle body cleaner from the store should do the trick. Remember to only use the cleaner on the metal though, some can destroy rubber gaskets.

One note, if your valve diaphram is still good be very careful pulling it out and when you put it back in. If you pinch it putting back in, or poke any type of hole in it you'll have to replace it. Learned the hard way. Some Vaseline or even air filter grease (i used my K&N grease)will help to hold it in place when you are reinstalling. Good luck and welcome to the home wrenchers club.


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Do you have a manual? If so, read the proceedure for a complete dismantling of the carb, label where each jet and small part comes from. You may need to drill out the plug that is covering the pilot jet screw. Just use a small drill bit and then use a small screwdriver to pry it out.
There are how-to's here I'm sure to help you deal with the carb.

I am a firm believer in Pinesol, yes the household cleaner, to soak the carb in. I leave it in for 24 hours and give it a shake halfway through the time, if it has dirt stuck to the outside I use a toothbrush to scrub it clean. Place all parts except the diaphram and the other diaphram on the side of the carb. It controls the back fire, I just can't think of it's name....damn minds gone blank...lol....the slider will get eaten a bit and will need to be polished after you soak it that is why I don't soak it any more. Once the parts etc have soaked for 24 hours they can be cleaned off with hot water. Then get some spray carb cleaner and use it on all air/fuel passage ways to make 100% they are all clear of Pinesol and any other dirt etc. Then I use compressed air to blow out the carb spray. Be careful when you spray the carb cleaner as it will come squirting out of passages and can hit you in the face...beware!
Once it's all cleaned and you are happy with the result, start the rebuilding....take your time and get it right...it's real easy to forget where certain things go if it's your first time. This is why I said to write it all down when you dismantle it.
Search out the how to for setting up the carb, there are a few inexpensive mods you can do while it's apart to enhance the performance and throttle response.

Hope this helps.....if you need more info just ask.

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post #9 of 12 Old 11-13-2012, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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I just finished dismantel it and i took pictures of every thing i took off to be able to put it back the right way! I dont have the manuel yet but i'll get it in 4 days or less so i'll wait to be shure i didn't forgot anything! I try to find pinesol but somewone told me that fuel could do a pretty good job too! Is it right or completly false?
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post #10 of 12 Old 11-13-2012, 11:20 AM
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Fuel....as in gasoline??? I doubt it but never heard of someone cleaning what was left by gas with gas...?

The pinesol is in the household cleaning isle in the grocery store......probably $4, it won't hurt your hands or won't stink up the place like gas or other cleaners will. What have to loose....$4...right..?

If nothing else after you trying this way you will have nice clean and fresh smelling hands....lol. Oh yeh, get another tooth brush a dollar store one and use it to help get the large crap off first then leave it to soak.

Let us know how it works.....


I think you will be shocked!....I was!

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