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post #1 of 5 Old 11-13-2010, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Break in, valve adjustment, etc. on my '09

Hey guys, just got finished doing my 600 mile valve adjustment and here are the results.

Original specs:
L exhaust - .007 in. R exhaust - .008 in.
L intake - .003 in. R intake - .004 in.

As you see, the intake valves were pretty tight. The exhaust valves were in specification, but I went ahead and adjusted everything towards the loose end anyway.

New specs:
L exhaust - .008 in. R exhaust - .009 in.
L intake - .006 in. R intake - .007 in.

Also installed the Kisan PathBlazer headlight modulator today and its a pretty cool mod. Definitely gets people's attention!

I have a question concerning break in. How many miles do I need to have before I take it for an extended run (90 miles one way) at highway speeds?

Lastly, love my blue KLR AND this forum. I've definitely learned a lot and have enjoyed reading posts from all you other KLR'ers! Without the info I have discovered here, I never would have attempted to do the valve adjustment on my own. Oh, one more thing, getting my valve cover off took maybe 30 seconds and went back on just as easily. After reading others experiences, this was one part of the job with which I was really concerned, but fortunately was a snap. Lucky me. Thanks, guys.
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Hey guys, just got finished doing my 600 mile valve adjustment and here are the results...

I have a question concerning break in. How many miles do I need to have before I take it for an extended run (90 miles one way) at highway speeds?
The rings seat pretty quickly probably within the first hundred miles or so. Couple of oil changes to flush out the motor and you're good to go!

I went through the bike and applied loctite to all the bolts I could also, using a torque wrench on the "important" bolts i.e., motor mounts, swingarm bolt and linkage, fork pinch bolts, etc.

Just remembered that i took the swingarm and linkage apart (when new) and greased up everything. It didn't have alot of grease. Never did do the steering head bearings.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Cor 2:9
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Thanks, Spec. I drained the original oil before I cranked it the first time, installed a magnetic plug and refilled with Rotella T. I changed the oil and filter at 30, 100, and 500 miles and plan to change again at 1000 miles and then every 1000-2000 miles from then on. I just wanted to make sure I had enough miles and break in on it before holding it at a steady high speed (65 m.p.h.) for any extended period. Just didn't want to do anything that might lead to any oil burning problems down the road. I'm a cheap guy myself and I tend to own vehicles for a long time and I want this thing to last me. Thanks, again.
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Sounds like you're on it. Unfortunately, oil burning might be beyond your control.




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Thanks, Spec. I drained the original oil before I cranked it the first time, installed a magnetic plug and refilled with Rotella T. I changed the oil and filter at 30, 100, and 500 miles and plan to change again at 1000 miles and then every 1000-2000 miles from then on. I just wanted to make sure I had enough miles and break in on it before holding it at a steady high speed (65 m.p.h.) for any extended period. Just didn't want to do anything that might lead to any oil burning problems down the road. I'm a cheap guy myself and I tend to own vehicles for a long time and I want this thing to last me. Thanks, again.

Concerning the oil burning you might want to look into the ThermoBob. I would put one on a new bike.

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