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post #1 of 3 Old 02-04-2019, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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Hiya fellas! I got the KLR bug after I realized i was far to short legged for a Honda XL650. I am glad i did. I really haven't gotten to ride it alot yet, other than the test ride. bought a 1999 with about 33k miles. It has spent its first few months on the rack getting maintenance caught up. I am new to dual sports but have been riding 20+ years. mostly Harleys and Hondas
New drive sprocket - i really have no idea how the old one was even holding the chain anymore.
Chain - it was on the very last adjustment mark. Had about 4 inches of play on it
Back sprocket - as bad as the front one
Rear wheel bearings - might as well
Rear brakes - metal to metal
Air filter - dirty and dry as a camels hind end
Spark plug - could have been the Original

the guy swears the doohicky was changed by the previous owner.

Is there any other "trouble parts" i need to check/replace?? thanks guys
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post #2 of 3 Old 02-04-2019, 03:12 PM
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Look into GARTRA Georgia Recreational Trail Riders Association if you haven't already. They have one of the best regional rallies out of Suches in the "remote" North Georgia Mountains each June. It's called the Hooch. They also have a one day adventure ride coming up end of March in Greensboro, GA. Then, there's a member here in this forum, Cherokee Chuck, that has a series spring and summer rallies in NC and TN that he posts in the regional sections. The best way to really experience dual sport is to go to the rallies, explore different tracks, meet and ride with all kinds of new friends.
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Hiya fellas! I got the KLR bug after I realized i was far to short legged for a Honda XL650. I am glad i did. I really haven't gotten to ride it alot yet, other than the test ride. bought a 1999 with about 33k miles. It has spent its first few months on the rack getting maintenance caught up. I am new to dual sports but have been riding 20+ years. mostly Harleys and Hondas
New drive sprocket - i really have no idea how the old one was even holding the chain anymore.
Chain - it was on the very last adjustment mark. Had about 4 inches of play on it
Back sprocket - as bad as the front one
Rear wheel bearings - might as well
Rear brakes - metal to metal
Air filter - dirty and dry as a camels hind end
Spark plug - could have been the Original

the guy swears the doohicky was changed by the previous owner.

Is there any other "trouble parts" i need to check/replace?? thanks guys
Maybe these 4 links might help you avoid problems,

The 'New owner mistakes' had an edit which haven't been applied to all sub-forums yet, now 10 common errors.
https://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650...kes-avoid.html

https://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650...positions.html

https://www.souperdoo.com/stuff%20th...dog-airbox-too

https://www.souperdoo.com/stuff%20th...-zerk-fittings
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