Paul, As you know (or hope you do) I have great respect for your work on all things KLR. As I mentioned in the last thread on the subject, I think part of the issue is that despite the above comment, it is a well known and commonly agreed upon fact that running the KLR low on oil will starve the camshaft of oil and cause failure and galling of the journals. Perhaps it would be useful to explain how you reconcile this with the thought that oil level is irrelevant to the camshaft and upper balancer bearing.
I am not trying to argue just pointing out that this incongruity may be at least part of the reason that Chuck, EM and others have a difference in opinion regarding oil levels. I understand that as long as the oil pipe is submerged the same amount of oil SHOULD be making it to the top end yet there is empirical evidence that low oil levels lead to top end failures.....in fact the scarcity and pricing of used KLR heads is a real world example of the effect of these failures.
ps. Merry Christmas to all!
Yes Dave, I know. Thank you.
I hope you all read "Near Empty oil window"?
I have always endorsed keeping a fuller oil level, but a full oil window does Not make for More oil throw off 'Splash' to the upper balancer bearings or the transmission bearings themselves. It just ensures a longer duration of a possibly 'barely adequate' flow to possibly marginal Quality Bearings, correct?
More oil Flow thru the banjo bolts and oil delivery pipe Will increase the splash lubrication in that area, whether or not one does any more of my suggested improvements to the rest of the system or not.
Merry Christmas to one and all.
"Let it Flow, Let it Flow, Let it Flow!", Paul sang quietly to himself.