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post #1 of 11 Old 06-15-2017, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Change Question

Not sure if its me being that new paranoid owner or not??
But after my 1st KLR oil change I put in 2L started up the bike, turned off and added .5L (Total oil 2.5L)

I the started the bike again and watched the sight glass.
The sight glass completely emptied while running and could not see any oil in the sight glass ?? Turned off the bike and let the oil settle out and now the level is past the sight glass and not sure what my true level is ??

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-15-2017, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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So... Just went out and started up the KLR to let run and to watch the sight glass....
Before Starting the bike Oil level was above the sight glass
(no picture),
while running (see 1st picture),
and after running ( 2nd picture)

Is it normal for the sight glass too go near to completely empty while running?
and is it normal see a such a difference from shut down to shut down levels ?? Above the sight glass, now just below the upper mark??



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post #3 of 11 Old 06-15-2017, 08:05 PM
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Yes. All is well with your bike's Stock & Standard lubrication system.

The oil pump has to pump the oil UP into the Oil Filter and the hollow Transmission and Cam Shafts. It will mostly/sometimes completely drain back Down. (Dependant on bottom rod pin position.)

But the lubrication system can be improved,
http://www.klrforum.com/448425-post6.html

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post #4 of 11 Old 06-15-2017, 08:06 PM
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Fear not.

Oil in sight glass disappears while engine is running.

One must wait, with engine off, for oil to drain from galleries and passages before taking an accurate oil level reading (while bike is held LEVEL, of course).
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-15-2017, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks gentleman!!
I think I am just paranoid and unsure about a few things with this being a new to me bike and my 1st KLR.
I have never owned a bike with a sight glass before..

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post #6 of 11 Old 06-15-2017, 09:10 PM
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You never check oil level with an engine running whether it's a dipstick or sight glass for checking.
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-16-2017, 12:19 PM
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What they said. Forget measuring your oil; keep it at the VERY TOP of the sight glass when the engine is off and the bike is upright (not on the sidestand!) and all will be well.


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I'm sure 2.5 liters comes out to 2.1 quarts so I won't ask about that, but what does your oil look like after 100 miles? Mine always looks dirty and murky after 100 miles and the dealer said that is normal

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It doesn't take long for the oil to look dirty; mostly because you never get ALL the old oil out of the engine

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It doesn't take long for the oil to look dirty; mostly because you never get ALL the old oil out of the engine

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It just had me worried cause I have a TRX 700 where the oil looks crystal clear from when it goes in to when it comes out

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