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post #1 of 5 Old 11-20-2018, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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thanx for having me. i just picked up a 08 klr 650 with 6000 miles. i currently have 2 ninja 250r's and a ktm duke 390. i look forward to swapping tech info. first mod will be doohickey with torsion spring. just ordered my special tools from rocky mountain. plan on 20mm ammo cans for saddlebags. smith and edwards has them cheap and free shipping on holiday promo. north georgia mountains are 4 hours away. have made a couple of trips to the dragon and planning on more trips next year.
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-20-2018, 09:39 AM
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Welcome to the forum and check your engine oil every chance you get until you learn of its appetite for it or not.

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post #3 of 5 Old 11-20-2018, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome to the forum and check your engine oil every chance you get until you learn of its appetite for it or not.
i have heard this could be a issue. what is the cause of this?
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-20-2018, 10:35 AM
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Your engine may not even have an abnormal appetite for engine oil, but you need to learn its habits..

When Kawasaki made changes for the Gen 2 bikes, for some stupid reason, some engineer Narrowed the oil ring assembly on the piston. This reduced the size of the oil return holes behind the oil ring, restricting the drain back paths.
Then to make matters even worse, an apparently high number of piston ring sets were mis-manufactured with a non-concentric #2 ring and many of the oil rings rails had poor quality chrome plating. (primarily 2008-2010)
The piston & ring sets are built by an outside supplier, but who felt the need to re-engineer an already 21 year old design is anyones guess. (Kawasaki or Supplier?)

The way the engines are built, the volume of oil coming off of the bottom rod pin and therefore onto the underside of the piston and onto the cylinder wall can vary immensely.

And in the rush to produce a larger volume of the newly revised model the Thailand factory got too sloppy with the final honing of many cylinders. Many of which should have never past quality control.


There are probably about a half dozen other pieces to the issue, but I feel these were/are the primary reasons.

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strange, i have 2 new gen Thailand 250r ninja's that actually got better than previous generation. same year to, 2008. that must have a big year for kawasaki. i pick up the bike next week.
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