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post #1 of 9 Old 11-03-2014, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Any KLR enthusiasts in Miami or South Florida? I need HELP

Hello,

I used to be a big fan of this forum back in 2007 when I purchased my 2008 KLR 650. Long story short I had to leave my KLR in Miami and I am now living in Cancun. I now want to sell the KLR but it is not running.

I am 99% sure that the bike only needs 3 things for it to be running like a champ again.

The gas cap has to be drilled out (or other solution). The mechanism inside is frozen so key wont turn, cap won't open. We have already tried wd 40 and another stuff that supposedly works much better, but didn't work. The idea is to be able to open the tank, take bad fuel out and put in fresh fuel.

The carb needs to be taken off, taken apart, cleaned and put back together. About a year ago they got the bike running by putting gas straight into the carb, but it wouldn't idle correctly. From all the reading I've done more than likely it is gunk in the carb for letting it sit so long without draining the bowl before.

Lastly, the regular maintenance stuff needs to be done, oil/filter change, break fluid, grease, etc.

The bike has been sitting on a back yard with a tarp on it, so in order to get a better price I would also need some TLC to make it look sharp again.

Since I am in Cancun I can't do anything myself. I am basically looking for someone that lives in Miami that can drive to my uncles house (on Bird road next to Tropical park) and do the services I listed above.

If you can help me out or know someone that can please contact me. I don't expect for it to be done for free, but at the same time I can't afford dealership mechanics rates.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-04-2014, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Can someone give me an idea of what a fair compensation would be for what I am asking? Tomorrow I plan to put up listings in sites like craigslist to see if I can find someone that way, but I have no idea how much I should pay. I've been living in Cancun for about 6 years now, and here I can get my motorcycle carb taken apart, cleaned and put back together for about 250 to 300 pesos (about $20 to $25 USD) plus the cost of the carb kit in case I want the parts replaced not just cleaned.
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The average Mexican probably only earns 300 pesos a day so it's hard to compare labour rates to those in the USA. My gut feeling is what you are asking will cost you in the neighbourhood of $1000, parts extra. I would also suggest you take it to a reputable shop rather than throw the dice on someone from Craigslist. Most people who do this kind of thing are going to want to bring it to their own place where they have the tools and supplies. Likely won't do it where the bike is located. I know I wouldn't. Good way to loose your bike if you don't know who you are dealing with. You kinda messed up when you didn't put it into storage properly. Now it's time to open the wallet.

Sorry I couldn't think of a nicer way to say it.

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The average Mexican probably only earns 300 pesos a day so it's hard to compare labour rates to those in the USA. My gut feeling is what you are asking will cost you in the neighbourhood of $1000, parts extra. I would also suggest you take it to a reputable shop rather than throw the dice on someone from Craigslist. Most people who do this kind of thing are going to want to bring it to their own place where they have the tools and supplies. Likely won't do it where the bike is located. I know I wouldn't. Good way to loose your bike if you don't know who you are dealing with. You kinda messed up when you didn't put it into storage properly. Now it's time to open the wallet.

Sorry I couldn't think of a nicer way to say it.

Klr4Evr, thanks for your input man.

As I re read my post yes I could see how it could be interpreted as if i was thinking I would pay just a little more. I know rates here are WAY diff than over there. Heck, here on my 150cc honda, a rod came lose, scratched the sleeve, and a piece of metal fell into the case. Cased open to remove metal piece, used replacment sleeve and rods, oil, and labor was just under $100 USD. In USA a dealership shop would have probably charged me $100 just to tell me I had a lose rod inside.

I am not doubting your expertice and opinions, in fact I welcome them. I would like to understand why it would cost so much, because if that it the case I might have to start coming up with plan be. I knew it wasnt going to be in the 10's, that it would be in the 100's, but didn't expect $1000 plus.

Drill out the gas tank. With a drill and the right size drill bit, I think pretty much any mechanic handy man could do it. The gas tank is coming off any way, and the gas is bad, so even if they punch through the cap, and crap gets inside the tank, it can easily be cleaned out, in fact probably even a good idea to clean the inside of the tank out. (My only experience with motorcycles was my KLR, and I took the gas tank myself off many a times with limited tools, for a mechanic handyman type should be even easier).

Taking off the carb itself I know is easy. I took it off about 3 or 4 times, it was a pain in the ass, seems there was just enough room for me to get my fingers in there, but it was managable.

Now, the taking apart of the carb. I know the KLR carb is much different than the one used on my 150cc bike. I would imagine the bulk of the $1000 you mentioned would be spent here. I did mess with the carb a bit, did the 10 cent mod I think it was called, and the other one where you made a hole just a little bigger with recomended size drill bit, but I know I was far from fully taking the thing apart.

I don't know enough about carbs, but I was under the impression that one could either take the carb apart, clean it, and then put it back together with the same parts could do the trick. (Remember I want to sell it, so as long as it runs relatively good I will get a much better price than if it doesn't run at all). If taking it apart required purchasing some new parts (seals that will break, etc) I would imagine that "kits" are available that include all the pieces needed.

As for work space, I was under the impression that a large clean table could work, and for the tools I figured it was just regular sockets, screwdrivers, etc. I don't think carbs are like breaks where you might need the machine to resourface/cut. Does taking the carb apart require special tools or machines?

The TLC, oil change, break fluid, etc I figured could be done with a mechanic handyman, aprentice. Ideally I was trying to find a motorcylce mechanic that works at a shop making about $25 per hour that was looking to make some extra cash on his day off. Figured a day to day and half type job (8 to 12 hours), which takes me to about $200 to $300 plus parts. Seems I am way off.

The way I do see spending the $1000 plus, is doing it the "regular" way. Pay for a tow to get the bike to a shop, probably $100 plus just there, and then pay the full mechanic shop (not just mechanic) hourly rate. Since I don't know a shop, I would want to take it to a reputable one, other wise I could run the rist of losing the bike, since I wouldn't really have anyone there to pressure them. That is why I don't really want to let just anyone take the bike away from where it is at. If the work gets done at my uncles house, the bike never leaves my uncles site, and the guy doesn't get paid until the bike runs.

Most of the things I want done on the bike I am willing to risk on a handy mechanic, the stuff I have personally done myself with basically no experience on bikes. In fact, the original plan was to get my 20some year old cousin to do the work, except for the carb. I wanted him to pull it, then take it somewhere.

That could still be an option. I could pay someone to take carb off, take it somewhere to get taken apart, cleaned and put back together. But again, I don't seem to think any special tools are needed. I wouldn't be surprised if there youtube videos giving step by step instructions.

From what I hear the bike looks a bit rusted out. Seems I will be lucky if i get $2500 if it is running, even though I know the main components are in good shape.

And as for not storing it properly, they say if you want to make God smile, tell him what your plans are.

Again I do want to stress that I am not questioning your knowledge. I am very inquisitive by nature, and at times I come across as just wanting to argue with people.
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Oh my goodness. I just lost 20 minutes of typing. Arghhhh.

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I think your estimate of the hours is not too far off.

Your hourly rate might be OK if you find the sort of guy you're looking for. I'd take klr4evr's advice, though, and steer clear of Craigslist. You'd probably get some tweeker who would either steal your bike for his next hit or, at best, get halfway through the job and disappear.

What I'm going to suggest is that you try posting up on KLRWorld.com and on KLR650.net. Both of those sites have a fairly strong south east population and your luck might be better there.

Keep bumping this one; we've got a few members in Florida and they might check in.

I'm going to dupe this into the south east section, too, so look for it there and bump it a bit.

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Thanks Tom for your suggestions. I already posted on those other two sites, but under their classifieds section since I didn't want to seem like a troll
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Nah, go into their south east section and post up.

You're legit.

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I actually moved your post from the Classifieds as there was nothing for sale as yet.

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