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post #1 of 7 Old 08-29-2014, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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My '98: Now with pic

Just got a Blue&White '98 KLR, my first motorcycle.

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-29-2014, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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PO dropped it on the right side, so the coolant reservirr was gone, and bracket was all bent up. Got a new reservoir, cover and bracket installed today. Looks like the PO tried to put on LED turn signals, but didnt finish.
Installed a LED flasher and got the rear and front right all set, have some short or ground issue I get to look for on the Front Left. Are there any comon fault points for the front left turn signal wiring?
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-01-2014, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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And the previous owner stripped the oil drain threads. His solution was some expanding rubber compression plug. looks king of like a boat drain plug.

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post #4 of 7 Old 09-01-2014, 08:22 AM
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Does that leak. I would be worried about hitting something with threaded part that hangs down below the skid plate and pulling it out of the hole from the force.

This is a common problem and has been addressed here a few different ways. Do a forum search and you should find some solutions.

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-01-2014, 08:33 AM
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Don't know how good the search feature might be; I'd try an oversized drain plug at first.

M12 X 1.5.

Kinda rare at Pep Boys, Advance Auto, etc.; can be ordered here:

1087/1087M oughta work. If not, other options are available.
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-01-2014, 10:33 AM
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"Egad! A boat plug! A record setting event for a 'dreaded previous owner", Tom said sinkingly.

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post #7 of 7 Old 03-29-2016, 08:48 PM
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Nice bike! I love Gen 1s.
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