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Other KLR's - 250, 600, Tengai, C Models, KLX... Discussion of all the OTHER KLR models.

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post #11 of 29 Old 01-14-2019, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Got the bike home and did some initial tinkering. Itís really dirty and needs cleaned up. First thing is I changed the oil and filter. The bike had a rubber drain plug in the bottom. That canít be right can it? I thought I was looking at the wrong thing at first. I could not for the life of me find the drain plug bolt on the bottom. Just this big rubber bushing thing so I assumed that had to be it. I pulled really hard and eventually it popped out and engine oil came out. After draining the oil, I put the rubber plug back in, but Iím assuming I need to find an actual plug bolt and crush washer?

I also put a brand new battery on it, but that didnít help the electrical issue. I still canít find where the negative wire connects to the frame for a ground.

As for oil, I used Amsoil 0w-40 Formula 4-Stroke because I run that in all my ATVs and UTV.
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post #12 of 29 Old 01-14-2019, 09:47 AM
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unfortunately the presence of a rubber drain plug almost always means the DPO stripped the drain plug threads. Get a drain plug and washer and check it out; do NOT overtighten to stop a leak and check for cracks. I use 15 ft lbs on my bikes but not sure if the 250 is the same or not....


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post #13 of 29 Old 01-14-2019, 11:02 AM
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Agree with Dave; more than likely drain plug threads stripped.

Even a stock replacement drain plug and washer might not seal the crankcase; an OVERSIZE oil drain plug might. Other options run from inserts to boring and tapping, to welding. Then, again; the rubber plug might do the job, if alternatives remain unattractive. Usually, rubber plugs used for the purpose are EXPANDABLE; a lever and cam arrangement expands the plug when inserted in the oil drain hole.

An M12 oversize plug and washer might provide a permanent fix; don't overtighten THAT one!
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post #14 of 29 Old 01-14-2019, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Well the rubber plug wasnít leaking. It was dry in the bottom. Iíve got it in my shop now, so Iíll see if it leaks any oil there over the next few days. If not, Iíll probably just leave it alone.
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post #15 of 29 Old 01-14-2019, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Also, my bike took about 2 and 1/3 quarts of oil. Is that normal? I got the level to be about halfway in the sight glass window, maybe a hair more.
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post #16 of 29 Old 01-14-2019, 01:24 PM
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Usually, rubber plugs used for the purpose are EXPANDABLE; a lever and cam arrangement expands the plug when inserted in the oil drain hole.

I've seen the cam style but the ones I used to sell had a little nut on a stud to tighten.....not sure If I'd trust the cam style one to stay put.


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post #17 of 29 Old 01-14-2019, 07:54 PM
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Also, my bike took about 2 and 1/3 quarts of oil. Is that normal? I got the level to be about halfway in the sight glass window, maybe a hair more.
250 or 650?
Either one, are you standing the bike Straight UP on a level floor after starting the engine to fill the oil filter and then turning it Off? Waiting about 1-2 minutes to allow the oil to settle and aeration of oil to dissipate?
I think a 250 take a little less than 2 quarts. A 650 takes about 2.5 quarts.

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post #18 of 29 Old 01-14-2019, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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1989 KLR 250 for Wife

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Manual says 2.1 liters (which is more than 2 quarts) with a filter change. Sight glass is checked with the bike standing straight up.


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It is better to be 'perfect', to slightly more than necessary, than to be under-filled! Ride On. The engine will not care about 2-4 ounces.
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post #20 of 29 Old 01-14-2019, 10:14 PM
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You are going to pay a little more and they are hard to find but I think the Honda CRF 230L is a great bike to learn on especially for ladies that aren't very tall. Electric start, low seat height, works pretty good on the trail and pretty good on the road. Put a Seat Concepts seat on and it makes a world of difference.

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