Yea, seems as though I got one of them OIL BURNING KLR's. If the ED rebuild and EM 685 kit come in at a reasonable cost compared to a second-hand head, I will likely try and go that route to save myself the constant fear of engine failure I'd likely have every ride from here on out. But will definitely be checking oil religiously from now on!- there is oil burning and there is oil burning; Paul's mods can help the usual (moderate) high rpm burn that most/all KLR's have but can't fix a bad bore/rings - which is the usual cause for severe oil burning. Fix is a 685 or other BB kit.
- while I will defer to Tom and Paul on the intricacies of the KLR oiling system, I will point out that thousands of KLR engines/heads have been destroyed by low oil levels.......and many/most of them had a LOT more than 1/2 quart in them. I'd suggest keeping the oil level at the VERY top of the sight glass and considering half way down LOW. check before every ride and at every fuel stop. Regardless of how cheap oil may be, there is no way I could live with oil consumption anywhere near the 1 quart/1000 mi level that is considered "normal" by Kawi; that kind of consumption (or worse) means something isn't right and I don't like things that aren't right! ;-)
- Personally, I'd do the Engine Dynamics head rebuild and EM's 685 kit. ......I'm still a little mystified about this "seizing" issue and there is a concern that you still have some problem after doing the 685 and head....
Are you saying you'd have concern of oil burning even with the rebuilt head and 685 kit? Or that running the bike on 1/4 qt of oil may have done more damage beyond the scared/seized cams? Because while I have the engine already in the process of being torn down, I definitely want to check any other possible problems that might have come from the oil starvation.