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post #1 of 8 Old 03-29-2016, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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KLR valve shim question

Hey guys I'm new to this forum, so if my question is in the wrong place I apologize. My dad has a 08 KLR with 7000 miles we just done the doohickey with the torsion spring but the valves sound a little loud. What shim sizes should I buy before taking it apart? Or should I buy a kit? If so which one would you recommend? I'd love to have the correct size when I tear into it. Thanks so much for any help!
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-29-2016, 11:31 AM
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You have no way of knowing what you will need. If you buy a kit you will be buying a whole bunch of shims you don't need and may find you don't have the ones you do need.

Going into that proposition you need to understand that it is by far the most expensive way to go and success is not guaranteed.

The best course is to go in there and measure the clearances, then find out what shims are installed. Calculate what you need to have and buy what you need.

At the same time, figure out what your next shim set needs will be and order those at the same time. Example, if you are going to install three 270s and a 265 this go around, then your next set will need to be three 265s and one 260, and you can re-use one of your existing 265s and so order two 265s and one 260.

By ordering your current set and the next set you'll probably be set for life.

As yours is a 2008, this may be the first adjustment. I think the most common shim sizes are in the 250-270 range. A kit will have a number of shims that are over 270 that no one can ever use and some down in the 230-to 245 range that only Methuselah will ever need, and likely not enough for two adjustments in the 250-270 range.

Yeah, it would be nice to just go in and swap the shims the first time out and be done with it, but in the long run you're better off having the bike down for a while and getting what you need.

Is there a BMW motorcycle dealer near you? They usually stock the 29mm shims and are more friendly with prices than the Kawasaki dealer (though trying the Kawasaki dealer is a good idea, too). If there is neither in your area then ordering from Max BMW is pretty good as their prices are fair and shipping is quick. Look for shims for a K100.

Another source, perhaps a long shot, is your Ford dealer. The SHO Taurus used 29mm shims.


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Excellent reply Tom.....

IF you are close to eagle Mike he sells shims cheaper than any dealership does from what I remember.....look him up.....
IF you need shims and have the thickness you need and do have a BMW dealership close by, you will need the BMW shim numbers for those shims. Up here in the Great White North and yes it still is in places!!!!! F__K!!!! They won't sell you shims if you say they are for a Kawisaki....same goes for the diaphram from a Hardley dearlership, something to do with being sued etc....I do not know...BUT I do have a list of the correct part numbers for each shim size. Just ask. Last time I bought shims they were $15 each.....and eagle Mike was selling them for $6.....but the time shipping etc, it wasn't worth the wait. The BMW dealer gets them either same day if you hit them really early or next day, Kawi could be days at best! and they were far more$$$

Hope this helps and Tom's advise is spot on!

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You can get shims from Rocky Mountain ATV for about $6 each and have them in a couple of days (depending on where you live, of course).

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Lzeplin, welcome to the forum. Knowing your location would help a lot for giving you suggestions. Please add it to your profile.

If you happen to be in my neck of the woods I can probably help you out with what you need. Take heed of Tom's advice re a shim kit. I've got one and it was the wrong way to go.

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post #6 of 8 Old 03-29-2016, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry guys I'm in the beautiful mountains of western NC.. I guess I'll have to just tear it down and see what's going on and then order the correct shims. Thanks for the help. I'm sure I'll have more questions in the future as I just purchased a 15 KLR with 506 miles for myself. Has Kawasaki ever fixed the doohickey? Cause my bike is quite but its nearly new

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Yes and no about the DOO, far better DOO itself but the springs are weak, so you need to get better springs, but the whole Eagle Mike DOO and Torsion spring isn't that expensive in the big scheme of things and if you find someone with the rotor tool actually a 1 1/4" wrench bent to fit and the rotor puller which is cheap , from Eagle Mike also....you have it all....OH a touque wrench that goes high enough also.....so long story to short, do your DOO....even still after they tried to fix it....sorry.

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Also check at your local dealer. They at times have shims and will trade what you need for what you have. My local sorezukie dealer will trade shims and +$2/shim.

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