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I do EVERYTHING! 26 59.09%
I do a lot of stuff, but know my limits. 14 31.82%
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post #1 of 29 Old 01-24-2010, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question Service on your KLR

Who does it?? Do you do your own? Have a mechanical buddy? Let your dealer get dirty hands?

Just wondering what everyone does when it comes to wrenching, be it oil changes, tire changes, valve adjustment, farkle install??
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post #2 of 29 Old 01-24-2010, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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By the way, I do almost everything, but I admit I paid for my last valve adjustment. Oddly enough, I'll do a valve adjustment on my BMW in less than 20 minutes, but am chicken to touch the KLR..
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post #3 of 29 Old 01-24-2010, 12:27 PM
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Ahh come on paper! It's not hard at all.
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I've done everything so far except put a new rear tire on. (Often...OFTEN with a little help from my friends, although my confidence is growing.)

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Originally Posted by SLO-KLR View Post
Ahh come on paper! It's not hard at all.
I know.. I even have a video on the entire process. The reason I didn't do it last time was that I was having FI mapping done on my V Strom and the mechanic that was doing it needed some welding done on a race quad exhaust, so we traded service for service..
I just rode down to his place and TIG'd the exhaust at the same time he adjusted valves..

We both appreciated the work the other guy did, so it was a win/win situation.
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I do all my own wrenching, and I do all my own stunts.
BUT......Anyone qualified that's teaching me walking me thru a process can wrench away.

I don't leave my bike at a stealership for a 10 dollar an hour tech to do a job half
right hurrying to stay in his/ her alotted time quota labor time that the factory
thinks a job can be done in.

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post #7 of 29 Old 01-24-2010, 05:45 PM
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I do it all.. and sometimes I've done others bikes as well.

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come awn... it's not'll be fun..

sorry I can't....... I'm fishing today
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post #8 of 29 Old 01-24-2010, 05:49 PM
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I usually do my own work, Im hoping to get involved in a few Tech days to learn all I can about the KLR.
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post #10 of 29 Old 01-24-2010, 09:27 PM
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I did the Thermo-Bob, doohickey and 1st valve lash inspection myself. Two valves were more than 50% toward the tight side at just 600 miles. (1st inspection at 15k? Oh, heck no!) So, I went online, found some clear instructions and brought them all closer to the middle/slightly loose end. The doohickey upgrade took longer but was not really that hard. All accessories like crash bars, Scottoiler, LED lighting,etc... are fun afternoon projects at home. Like Paper, I've got a 08' GL1800 a.k.a. Half an Acura. It requires less upkeep than my car. The KLR keeps my wrenching skills in tune. =)
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