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post #11 of 30 Old 03-16-2017, 10:34 PM
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I've got a newbie question. When my KLR is on the side stand it looks like no oil is
in the sight glass. Its full when its upright. Is this normal?
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post #12 of 30 Old 03-17-2017, 03:37 AM
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I've got a newbie question. When my KLR is on the side stand it looks like no oil is
in the sight glass. Its full when its upright. Is this normal?
A.) Yes, that is normal.
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post #13 of 30 Old 12-25-2017, 01:19 PM
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The dealer recommended to keep rpms under 3000 for the 1st 500 miles, then an oil/filter change.
Does that sound reasonable?

Good tips on the other items...thanks!

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post #14 of 30 Old 12-28-2018, 05:41 PM
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This one is a couple updates behind the other 3 or 4 sub-forums.

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post #15 of 30 Old 12-29-2018, 10:31 PM
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The dealer recommended to keep rpms under 3000 for the 1st 500 miles, then an oil/filter change.
Does that sound reasonable?

Good tips on the other items...thanks!
It sure can't hurt, but seems a little slow to me. I kept my 2008 under 4,000 for the first 500 miles. It now has about 95,000 miles.
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post #16 of 30 Old 02-07-2019, 09:09 AM
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Great post. Im new/used klr owner. the simple chain check really helps me out. thanks
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post #17 of 30 Old 02-08-2019, 01:24 PM
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Stupid question, but I sent my 03 away to get tuned up and asked my buddy to put new bars and GRIPS on it. He kept the stock grip on the throttle tube because he said its permanently glued to the throttle tube..... Been racing motocross my whole life and that really didn't make sense to me. Figured I would run it past you guys before I went ahead and put a new one on myself. Any thoughts?
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post #18 of 30 Old 02-08-2019, 08:16 PM
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From what I've heard, you have to slice those off. They are glued, but they come off with the razor (be careful of your hand and the surrounding plastics).

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post #19 of 30 Old 02-08-2019, 08:21 PM
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The OEM plastic throttle tube has ribs on it. The OEM grip is molded right onto the ribs. No company seems to want to make a non-ribbed plastic throttle tube to fit either Gen 1 or 2 of KLR650!

So one has to take the brand new oem throttle tube & grip assembly to a Very Aggessive stationary wire wheel to eat the grip off of the plastic twister. Then use a Double Cut file to dress down the ribs or one will have a lumpy grip.

All it takes is TIME & sometimes that time is costing more money than a customer wants to pay for. May be a lot quicker & cheaper to just install Both oem grips.

But surely you can do it.
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post #20 of 30 Old 02-08-2019, 10:08 PM
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The OEM plastic throttle tube has ribs on it. The OEM grip is molded right onto the ribs. No company seems to want to make a non-ribbed plastic throttle tube to fit either Gen 1 or 2 of KLR650!

So one has to take the brand new oem throttle tube & grip assembly to a Very Aggessive stationary wire wheel to eat the grip off of the plastic twister. Then use a Double Cut file to dress down the ribs or one will have a lumpy grip.

All it takes is TIME & sometimes that time is costing more money than a customer wants to pay for. May be a lot quicker & cheaper to just install Both oem grips.

But surely you can do it.
ok thank you! I have anti vibe inserts but wanted to put those Gel Pro Grips on there to help even more. oh well!
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