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Old 02-07-2021, 02:55 PM   #616
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getting the most recent KLR stripped down ...





$1k worth of parts/machining back from Engine Dynamics.

so, some interesting info back from Mike. the head that came off my 2017 BARF Baja KLR, which I’d done the top-end just before that ride, had oversized valves which he said are bent!

crazy thing was I maybe got close to 10k miles out of it before I had to take it out of service again due to excessive oil consumption.

that the head had over-sized valves was news to me. I’d purchased the bike used, and had put on a head that I had lying around the garage that had been to EDCo in 2014. guess I’d put big valves in back then and had forgotten about it.

figure the valve-clearance cut outs in the top of the 2017 piston must have been barely inadequate, and the piston was just kissing the valves enough to bend them, but not so much as to be catastrophic. weird.

guessing the oil consumption was through the seals of the bent valves ...?

in any event, we couldn’t source new oversized valves from Schnitz anymore, so part of the $1k was to have EDCo machine replacement oversized valves from blanks. (I’d sent the head that had come off the 2017 bike off to EDCo last month, and that’s what will go on the bike in the pic, above.)

so, the plan is to spend Feb/March in the garage getting the 2017 Baja bike and the 2019-2020 Baja bike (in the pic) running and reasonably oil-tight again, in time for April StonyBARF.

golly, I hate working on bikes ...
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Old 02-07-2021, 06:28 PM   #617
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Good luck with the assembly.

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guess Iíd put big valves in back then and had forgotten about it.


That seems to be happening more to me lately, I'll do something, forget about it and then be surprised when I discover that it done. Of course it goes the other way too, where I think I've done something and I haven't, that's usually met with a disappointed sigh.
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Old 02-08-2021, 10:15 AM   #618
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Good luck with the assembly.




That seems to be happening more to me lately, I'll do something, forget about it and then be surprised when I discover that it done. Of course it goes the other way too, where I think I've done something and I haven't, that's usually met with a disappointed sigh.


the joys of late middle-age, for me anyway.

like the ďassemblyĒ view, sort of takes me out of my procrastination death spiral.

Schnittyís stroller is awesome. a neighbor when we had the place in Berkeley left it on the porch for him.
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Old 02-09-2021, 03:57 PM   #619
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golly, I hate working on bikes ...
I find I hate getting started but then don't mind the process and get to enjoy a moment of "I did that" when it's all complete. That said, I dread starting work on the DRZ a lot less than I do the Ducati, less to be mystified by and mistakes are cheaper on an old thumper.
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I find I hate getting started but then don't mind the process and get to enjoy a moment of "I did that" when it's all complete. That said, I dread starting work on the DRZ a lot less than I do the Ducati, less to be mystified by and mistakes are cheaper on an old thumper.
when I start feeling sorry for myself, Iíll just imagine itís a Ducati I could have to be working on! thatíll make me feel better, quick ...

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moar progress today, slow and unsteady.



will try to pull the old barrel and old piston, tomorrow, and see if I can start putting on some of the fresh parts ...

one step closer to StonyBARF, the Weaverville Hoho Midsummer Magic Rally and the Cedarville End of Pavement Rally ...
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Old 02-28-2021, 07:38 AM   #623
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Cool idea, Zak! Dig the photos of Tassajara!

So in keeping with the theme, I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you all that my bike is the best one because, um...it's red. And it's pretty! And it has a name that's hard to spell...that always add to the mystique, of course
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my heart hurts to see the barrel.
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Old 02-28-2021, 05:50 PM   #625
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my heart hurts to see the barrel.


yes, that barrel has to go ... yet moar progress and quality time with the pup in the garage today:



struggle with pulling the cylinder for over an hour ...



but with some penetrating oil, lots of tapping, rotating the engine to move the piston up and down, and patience, it finally popped free ...



old piston, exposed ...



and ... there we go. done taking things apart.



the old parts ... the cylinder I owe to Kalle and will go to him, the old head will go on the shelf with my other spares, and then off to Engine Dynamics at some point someday ...

the old piston will go on the shelf in my little apartment in Lower Haight along with my collection of other old KLR and ‘73 Tiger pistons.

starting to put on the refurbished parts turned out to be too
ambitious today for me and the old dog. ugh.
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Old 03-01-2021, 08:42 AM   #626
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Great pics John, good to see you can now change the ratchet to the "on" position!

BTW your little pooch is so darn cute it's hard to believe. How does it look so chill yet ready to tackle any adventure (if given the right carrier). Love me some little dogs...
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yes, he's been a cool pup ... was absolutely horrified when my wife said she was adopting a dog from Muttville, imagining something that would yap the rest of my life. turns out Schnitty basically does not bark. He'll break my heart someday ...

here to post this about the best ADV bike, evar:


youtu.be/eIj_tEPzycs

get myself motivated to get back into the garage this weekend ... vague plans to try to get to DV in March. need a running bike for that plan.
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