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post #1 of 6 Old 07-27-2013, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Ohio. I have a 1985 KLR 600 with about 11K on it. I purchased it in 1988 with about 3K on it if I recall correctly. It's been sitting in my heated basement for about a decade unused. I'm going to try get it going again as it was in good shaped when stored. I'll probably keep it forever and buy another one for parts. Sorry about the lame name, I couldn't think of anything clever.
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I probably don't need to tell you but I'd drain all the fuel and check the tank for rust then pull the carburetor bowl, have a look and determine if it needs to come off for a cleaning. Seafoam is your friend. Wouldn't hurt to pull the spark plug and add a tablespoon of oil and give it a few spins by hand before trying to start.

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Hello from Ohio. I have a 1985 KLR 600 with about 11K on it. I purchased it in 1988 with about 3K on it if I recall correctly. It's been sitting in my heated basement for about a decade unused. I'm going to try get it going again as it was in good shaped when stored. I'll probably keep it forever and buy another one for parts. Sorry about the lame name, I couldn't think of anything clever.
Welcome to the forum and good luck getting your KLR up and running. I'm sure you'll receive good advice here about what to check, what to do, in order to accomplish your endeavour.

I personally think "Anonymous" is a pretty clever screen name, myself.



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Welcome !!!

I probably don't need to tell you but I'd drain all the fuel and check the tank for rust then pull the carburetor bowl, have a look and determine if it needs to come off for a cleaning. Seafoam is your friend. Wouldn't hurt to pull the spark plug and add a tablespoon of oil and give it a few spins by hand before trying to start.

Happy riding !!!
Thanks, the basics can never be reiterated too much. I've used Seafoam in my cars and garden tractors; it's great stuff.
I'm thinking of switching over the coolant to waterless by Evans. I saw it on some car TV show recently and like the low maintenance aspect of it. I'm still reading up on it but it seems to have better cooling properties VS water added coolants along with an almost no corrosion benefit. It's pricey up front but it doesn't need to be changed ever.
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I'm thinking of switching over the coolant to waterless by Evans. I saw it on some car TV show recently and like the low maintenance aspect of it. I'm still reading up on it but it seems to have better cooling properties VS water added coolants along with an almost no corrosion benefit. It's pricey up front but it doesn't need to be changed ever.
Thanks for the tip on Evans, never heard of it before. I checked out the website and the video with Jay Leno (I've toured his Big Dog Garage twice, I have an "in", a friend of a friend!!!). It would take a lot to sway me from conventional coolant but I sure like the idea that it's non-corrosive, non-toxic, has a higher boiling point, and its lifetime.

Pricey at $40 a gallon but if its better for the engine and a one time purchase I cant see the downside. I'll be looking into this further.

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