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post #1 of 4 Old 05-23-2009, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Maintenence Question.

I have a 2007 KLR650 with 2600 miles. I'm changing the oil and filter soon and switching to Mobil1 10W-40 full synthetic. My question is about the OIL SCREEN. How often should this screen be checked and when?

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-23-2009, 06:28 AM
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The screen needs to be checked once, and as soon as you have time to check it.. It's usually covered with some RTV from when the engine's put together, and in rare cases, blocked with RTV worms.

Once checked, usually you're good to go and it doesn't need to be checked again.

It's not a life and death issue, but it's a good thing to clean that one time.
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-24-2009, 01:19 AM
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paper knows what he's talkin about. It is NOT something that needs to be done at every oil is WAYYYY to much work (disconnecting the water pump, etc). When you decide to flush your cooling system, do it then. If you did your doo, and the spring was broke, you might want to check it and see if the broken piece of the spring is in there. I did my doo last september, and have yet to check the oil screen, even though my spring was broken. I'm dying to do it, but am way too lazy, and haven't heard anyone say that is was necessary to do. I wouldn't sweat it, especially at 2600 miles.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-24-2009, 12:17 PM
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I changed my doo at 15,000 miles. The main piece was still in place, but the arc was busted in two pieces and the spring tip was broke was off. We found all 3 pieces in the oil screen, but there really wasn't any other gunk in it.

When you do check the screen, make sure you have a new clutch side gasket on hand just in case. A friend who worked on mine said he saw several, including his, with the same part of the gasket blown out. About 1 inch or so piece at the top of the cover and toward the front of the engine. Well, mine was blown out and I didn't have a gasket and the local Kawi dealer doesn't stock them (TYPICAL!!!). However, there was another hole in the wall bike shop they recommended, that neither of us knew about, who can computer cut any gasket with just a part number. Beyond our stunned amazement, this place already had a KLR 650 clutch gasket in stock. GO FIGURE!!!
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