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1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods For maintaining, repair or modifications of Generation 1 KLR's. 2007 and earlier.

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04-03-2014 03:15 PM
NWGArider Yeah I've never been on that side either but when I step outside every direction I look there's a mountain

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04-03-2014 08:03 AM
Delta Dog I have never been over that way but i'd bet it is just as mountainous and pretty as the BR/Ellijay area. I find great joy in running the mountain roads that don't show up on my GPS. It is amazing how far back in the woods that some people live!!
04-01-2014 11:36 PM
NWGArider I live in Summerville. It's 30 minutes from Rome 45 from Chattanooga

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04-01-2014 01:40 PM
Delta Dog Yeah........been looking online!! Oreillys has the tee for 99 cents and Lowes for $2. However Lowes has the cheap clear PVC tubing for 14 cents per foot vs 59 cents per foot for oreillys cheap vacuum hose!! Such decisions!!

Where are you from NWGARider? I am looking for a cabin/house in the Blueridge / Ellijay area! Love it up there!!!!!
04-01-2014 01:36 PM
NWGArider My hardware store had one

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04-01-2014 12:44 PM
Delta Dog Can you get that 1/4" Tee at a local auto parts chain store or home improvement store or.............???
03-31-2014 07:23 PM
NWGArider Going to the parts store tomorrow for it

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03-31-2014 07:02 PM
Originally Posted by NWGArider View Post
Yeah I mud plugged it again today but luckily I knew how to fix it. I should probably just stay outta the woods until I get it fixed lol
As a minimum, I'd suggest: attempt no significant water crossings, until you perform the Tee mod.

The carb vent hose on a stock Generation 1 has its opening approximately 10" above the riding surface. As posted above, this hose must be CLEAR for engine operation; otherwise, fuel cannot flow from the carburetor jets to the engine.

(BTW, the carburetor vent hose on a stock Generation 2 KLR650 is located about 30" above the riding surface.)

The "Tee mod," providing an alternate path for atmospheric pressure air to the carburetor float bowl, is the solution to flame-outs during water crossings with a Generation 1 KLR650.

Oh, you haven't performed this mod? Then, field expedient: Yank the carburetor vent hose off at the carburetor. At least, your float bowl will be able to breathe, and your engine will run, in water depths up to the carburetor height level.

Better solution: Buy a tee fitting and a length of hose; pdwestman has provided you with an elegant path for the auxiliary elevated hose run.
03-31-2014 05:58 PM
NWGArider Yeah I mud plugged it again today but luckily I knew how to fix it. I should probably just stay outta the woods until I get it fixed lol

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03-31-2014 02:31 PM
pdwestman NWGArider and others,
Just my opinion, but I feel it 'Is Better' to mount the 'T' or the 'Y' as close to the vent nipple on the top LH side of the carb as possible.

Then route the Added vent hose Forward, along the frame to the 'Bracket' which holds the LH Rubber Puck gas tank Mount. It tucks nicely into the 'Forward' triangular hole in the bracket, makes a nice vertical curve and keeps even a garden hose bath under the fuel tank from getting into the 'New' vent.

One can also make a longitudal 'split' about a 1"-1 1/2" long in the Lower Tip of the Down hose to reduce mud plugging.

Wish I had a digital camera and knew how to use all the computer functions better!
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