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post #1 of 14 Old 07-13-2014, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Another new guy.

I just picked up a '03 KLR650 that has been sitting in my uncle's garage for about 9 years. He bought it from the original owner with 30,000 miles on it in '05 and it had a noise in the bottom end. He partially disassembled it to find out what the noise was and never put it back together. I don't remember what my uncle told me that the noise was but it wasn't the dohickey but that will be changed while it is apart.

I don't have any immediate plans for it besides getting it back in running order. Joining a forum is the first step (I am on a lot of forums) in finding out what I need to do to get it going.

It came with lots of new parts, gaskets, and plastics. From what I understand from the last email with my Uncle is that it just needed to be reassembled and have a dohickey thrown on for good measure. My uncle died before I could get anymore information about the bike. I will rebuild it in his memories.

I have owned several bikes in the past. My first was a 80's Honda XR125 and from there I moved up to a Suzuki DR250. Somewhere in the middle I also had a Trail 90 and a moped of sorts. I sold the DR250 when I graduated high school and haven't had a bike since. I have been aching for soooo long to get back on a bike and out on some trails, maybe even camping.
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-13-2014, 03:48 PM
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Hello and welcome to the forums!

I think that will be a great project for you, and you'll have an excellent bike when it's all reassembled and back in top notch shape. Bonus of it being a KLR is that if any parts are missing, or you need to source replacements, they are easy to find. Nice that your carrying the bike on from your uncle, sounds like he was a cool Uncle to me!

Looking forward to seeing some pics of your project when you get a chance. This forum has a 15 post rule to thwart spam bots. Just means you have to crank out 15 posts before the forum will let you post links or pics. It's a pain in the keester but since it was implemented by the forum owners the spam has dropped almost to nothing. If you want to fast track your post number you can throw test posts up in this thread to get up to 15 quick.
http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=12677

If you need any help with reassembly don't hesitate to ask, great guys here with tons of KLR knowledge. Enjoy!


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Thanks for the warm welcome. I read about the 15 post min and am looking for posts that I can contribute to without just "spamming" up a thread. I am not much of a poster but a reader so hopefully it won't take too long before I can throw some pictures out there of what I've got and the progress.
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That link to the test section was refreshing.

Commencing photos in 3...2...1...

The day I picked it up:


In my garage. I did nothing but take the seat off (which wasn't bolted on!):


Large bag of plastics for it some black others OD green. The bike has a super trap exhaust but I'm not sure which one go on it so I took them both from my uncles garage.


Large box of parts, new gaskets, timing chain, fuel filter, Clymer manual as well as owners manual, lots of other misc stuff:
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This may be a long process as I am currently in the middle of another project, building a offroad trailer from a service body. Here is the build thread from another site: http://gitout.com/showthread.php?139...-trailer-build My time is also sucked up by my family which includes a 3 y.o. and a 15 week old!
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Also, I forgot to mention that my uncle also owned a 2nd gen KLR 650 which he told me that he regretted getting rid of.
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I hope the project goes great for you and you are riding soon. Welcome to the forum.
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Yup! Looks like you got some "puttin togetherin" to do . Awesome project though and the KLR's are one of the simplest bikes to work on.

On a side note, I love your truck and roof top tent unit! It looks extremely capable!

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Plus, if you loaded that old girl with that 2X6 thats under it, you truly are a KLRista!

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On a side note, I love your truck and roof top tent unit! It looks extremely capable!
Thanks! I had to back it up to an uphill driveway so that it was at less of an angle to get the bike up the ramp!

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Plus, if you loaded that old girl with that 2X6 thats under it, you truly are a KLRista!
I did! I did!

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!

I was just out car shopping with the wife and I mentioned that if we want to sell our car outright rather than trading it in we would have about 4k more for the down payment. What that translates to is that we need the bike running sooner than later so that if we have more than a day or two before we buy the new car I'll have something to get around on. Let's get this party started!
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