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  1. MatadorMkV

    Do it yourself Valve Job?

    Yeah...I guess just because I can get a new head with new guides for $240...and I'd probably pay that (or more) to have someone else put new valves in an old head.
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    Do it yourself Valve Job?

    I appreciate it, but I really just want to maintain the bike. I'm really not looking to modify, port it, or do anything radical. The bike makes more than enough power as is. Just simply looking for answers to my questions. Thanks, Russ
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    Do it yourself Valve Job?

    Hey guys, I just adjusted the valves on my daughter's three year old 2008 (a left over) CRF150R for the second time. As with the last time, the exhaust valves were fine but there was zero clearance on the intakes. My questions are... 1. If I purchase a NEW OEM head and new OEM valves, springs, etc., would they have to be fitted in any way (ground, machined, lapped), or can I just put all of the new stuff together and be good to go? 2. Also, would the new head come with the guides already installed? Reason I ask is because Honda only lists oversize guides for separate purchase...so this leads me to believe that maybe a new head will come with guides installed. Thanks, Russ
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    KLX140L gear noise

    Just doing some very basic poking around (kind of time consuming) will show that, if you compare the transmission parts from say a 2009 and 2011, you're going to find A LOT of part numbers changed. This (I feel) is a fairly good indication that Kawasaki realized a problem. You can't do this on the Thumpertalk site because they only list up to 2009. Try like kawasakipartshouse.com or some other site. Also...remember that I called Kawasaki tech support. That is who gave my dealer the authorization code to do the repair. When you call your dealer, I'll bet they'll say... "We have never had a problem with any of the KLX140's we've sold."...LOL.
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    KLX140L gear noise

    Looking at my invoice now... No cost for anything AND the bike was OUT of warranty. R&R Engine...1 Hour R&R Input and Output Gears...4.6 Hours Resolution: Replaced gears on input and output shafts in transmission as per Kawasaki Tech Line. We had the work done in July of 2009 and never had a problem since.
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    KLX140L gear noise

    Don't know if you read my post earlier in this thread...so here it it again...I still have the receipt from the work that was done. It's been a while now, but we had ours fixed about 2 months OUT of warranty. Kawasaki is WELL aware of this problem. My memory is a little foggy on the particulars, but it's a transmission problem for sure. I want to say that they used a bushing where they should have used a bearing. They told me that the noise would NOT have caused a problem if we would have kept riding the bike...I didn't buy that! It was VERY loud and YES, it DOES kind of sound like an engine seizing up...you're right. If it helps, we took ours to Xtreme Kawasaki near Wheeling WV. I think it's actually considered Bellaire, Ohio. We called Kawasaki first, and they issued a work order and authorized the repair. It's a bit of a job because the cases have to be split. I hope this helps. Russ
  7. Just curious... What about the throttle tubes that have the three interchangeable cable pulls? I forget what they are called...had one on a '07 YZ250 2-stroke to make it a bit more friendly in tight sections. Just don't know if (in addition to FWW) these things would be effective on YZ450. I just sold my '09 WR250F and bought a new left-over '09 YZ450F. I put a bit of money and work into the WR to make it a "little" more YZ like...now I'm doing a bit to the YZ to make it a little more WR like...LOL! So far, just got the 9 oz. GYTR FWW...skid plate and probably Cycras next. Thanks Guys, Russ
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    Aluminum Discoloration Question Please

    Well, I called around and anodizing shops wanted no less than $150 to strip off the old and apply new anodizing. There is also a good chance that I'd have to replace bearings as well in the process...I guess the stuff used to strip destroys everything that is NOT aluminum. Sooo, I found a NEW take-off from a 2007 for $100 and bought it! From what I can tell by searching part numbers, it looks like 2007 and 2008 YZ/WR are the same. Thanks for the replies. Everybody wash your bike as soon as you can!...lol Russ
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    Aluminum Discoloration Question Please

    Who knows...the race was in western Pennsylvania. The guy knows about the spots...I wonder if putting swingarm decals on it would make it look better and perhaps protect it a little. I just don't want to put decals on it if they're only going to TRAP dirt and moisture.
  10. Hey Guys, Wondering if anyone can help me here. I have a 2008 WR250F. About two years ago I did a AWRCS ride and one section had us going through some white junk that LOOKED to me like maybe lime or something...can't really think about it much when you're racing...at least I can't...LOL. Anyway, I didn't wash the bike until the next day, and when I did, a good bit of the aluminum on the bike was spotted. Kind of looks like the bike has a disease. It's mainly noticeable on the swingarm. When I try to clean it or polish it, the "diseased" areas are a bright mirror-like finish...I mean...if the whole swingarm looked like that, it would be kind of cool. I'll be selling the bike to a friend and just want it to look as good as possible. Do you know if there is anything I can do? Is the aluminum on these bikes anodized and maybe the lime ate into the coating? Anybody else ever have something like this happen? Thanks, Russ
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    PA Dual Sport Conversion

    Also remember that...if you DO have to take it to an Enhanced station, just a Baja Design kit isn't going to be enough. You'll need a few other things as well. Where are you in PA?
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    PA Dual Sport Conversion

    I think that if you only have an MCO, you'll probably have to jump through all the same hoops...just my thought. The MSO/MCO has to be converted into a regular street title...well...a reconstructed one anyway. Does the MCO state "for off road use only?" If so, then you have to go to an Advanced Vehicle Inspection Station...NOT a regular inspection station. You have to bring ALL of the paperwork you have including receipts. You MAY even have to prove that tax was paid on the bike...or pay the tax...possibly (I got out of this one time out of 7). So, I could be off base here, but if I understood your question, this would be a good start. You can't just turn an off-road registration into a street registration. Nice choice by the way...my last conversion was a 2007 XR650R. Take care, Russ
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    KLX140L gear noise

    Oh my gosh...this is NO gear noise!! Trust me...I've owned 45 bikes in 38 years...I know gear noise. It is a LOUD screeching noise that you and everybody else can hear all around the track. It is an awful sound. Oh, and I tried different brands of oil (including Rotella) and it made no difference at all. I'm tellin' you...it's a well documented problem that Kawasaki is aware of...end of discussion.
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    KLX140L gear noise

    I should say that, other than this problem...the bike just rocks for what it is. We have a Two Brothers pipe on it and it's fantastic. The bike belongs to my wife. We were actually going to get a second one for my 12 year old daughter...and I was HOPING that they fixed the problem for the 2010's. We ended up getting her a CRF150R instead...so I don't know if the tranny has been changed on the 2010's or not. Russ
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    KLX140L gear noise

    It's been a while now, but we had ours fixed about 2 months OUT of warranty. Kawasaki is WELL aware of this problem. My memory is a little foggy on the particulars, but it's a transmission problem for sure. I want to say that they used a bushing where they should have used a bearing. They told me that the noise would NOT have caused a problem if we would have kept riding the bike...I didn't buy that! It was VERY loud and YES, it DOES kind of sound like an engine seizing up...you're right. If it helps, we took ours to Xtreme Kawasaki near Wheeling WV. I think it's actually considered Bellaire, Ohio. We called Kawasaki first, and they issued a work order and authorized the repair. It's a bit of a job because the cases have to be split. I hope this helps. Russ
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