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post #1 of 8 Old 07-12-2013, 03:47 AM Thread Starter
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New owner checking in. Located in Vacaville, picked up a 2002 KLR with less than 5K on it. Why less than 5K? Previous owner ran it low on oil so...

Bad News: needs a new head, been sitting for 8 years, head cover was left off so there is a little surface rust on the top of the cam chain.

Good news: Came with a new head and cams, all plastics and tank stored indoors and look brand new, bike was supposedly covered while stored. Various odds and ends parts.

My plans: Replace the head, cam chain (rust on old one), doohickey, ims tank, sargeant seat, subframe upgrade, 685 kit. Hopefully nothing crawled into the bottom end while stored.

Any thoughts or advice is more than welcome.
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-12-2013, 08:26 PM
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New owner checking in. Located in Vacaville, picked up a 2002 KLR with less than 5K on it. Why less than 5K? Previous owner ran it low on oil so...

Bad News: needs a new head, been sitting for 8 years, head cover was left off so there is a little surface rust on the top of the cam chain.

Good news: Came with a new head and cams, all plastics and tank stored indoors and look brand new, bike was supposedly covered while stored. Various odds and ends parts.

My plans: Replace the head, cam chain (rust on old one), doohickey, ims tank, sargeant seat, subframe upgrade, 685 kit. Hopefully nothing crawled into the bottom end while stored.

Any thoughts or advice is more than welcome.
Welcome to the forum Sparks!
When you change out the tank get rid of the failure prone factory vacuum actuated fuel petcock. Install a Yamaha Raptor manual fuel petcock and you're golden! It is a bolt in with minor rerouting of the fuel line. The bike will make more power, You'll be able to do 3rd gear wheelies and get twice the gas milage too!
Sorry, I sometimes get carried away. Actually if the bike has been sitting that long the diaphragms in the petcock may be dried up and prone to failing soon just as a thought.
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Welcome to the forum Sparks!
When you change out the tank get rid of the failure prone factory vacuum actuated fuel petcock. Install a Yamaha Raptor manual fuel petcock and you're golden! It is a bolt in with minor rerouting of the fuel line. The bike will make more power, You'll be able to do 3rd gear wheelies and get twice the gas milage too!
Sorry, I sometimes get carried away. Actually if the bike has been sitting that long the diaphragms in the petcock may be dried up and prone to failing soon just as a thought.
Regards....justjeff
Thanks for the heads up, I did a little reading and that seems like the direction I want to go in regarding the petcock. I was thinking of getting the IMS that uses the stock tank's locking cap unless there is a reason not to.
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-12-2013, 11:29 PM
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Thanks for the heads up, I did a little reading and that seems like the direction I want to go in regarding the petcock. I was thinking of getting the IMS that uses the stock tank's locking cap unless there is a reason not to.
I have the screw top cap version and like it fine. Remember....simpler is better....Well most of the time. The KLR cap is actually quite complex with the tank venting system and key lock. My KLR cap was broken when I ordered the IMS tank, so I went with the screw top cap. I removed the plastic plug from the steering stem and that is where the vent hose is run from the cap, just like on my old Motocrossers. Simple with little to fail.
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-13-2013, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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I removed the plastic plug from the steering stem and that is where the vent hose is run from the cap, just like on my old Motocrossers. Simple with little to fail.
Regards....justjeff
I don't really understand this part, I'm coming from street bikes. Are you saying that you run the hose into the hole that is used when a bike is jacked from the front?
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Sorry no!
Just below the handlebars, in the center of the steering stem, is a small plastic cap covering the hole in the stem which is hollow. I removed the cap to put the loose end of the tank vent hose as a convenient place for it.
I will send a picture as soon as I replace my camera which I ran over last weekend....DON"T ASK!!!
Sorry for the confusion....justjeff

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Sorry no!
Just below the handlebars, in the center of the steering stem, is a small plastic cap covering the hole in the stem which is hollow. I removed the cap to put the loose end of the tank vent hose as a convenient place for it.
I will send a picture as soon as I replace my camera which I ran over last weekend....DON"T ASK!!!
Sorry for the confusion....justjeff
Haha no problem, I am still a bit far from that point anyways.
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-13-2013, 11:32 AM
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I use the screw cap too but just put a one way valve right at the tank. Have a 1 inch nub sticking up.
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