1993 KLR 650 --- anything big design flaws for this '93 vintage?
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    1993 KLR 650 --- anything big design flaws for this '93 vintage?

    i know the big klr's are pretty sturdy, but are there any well known defects with the 1993 model year i ought to know about??? going to look at one tomorrow at 7pm EST to supplement my tw so i'll have a decent highway bike. i really dig that blue/white/green color scheme!

    thanks for your time!
    2012 TW200, 1993 KLR650, 1992 GSX750F

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    I've owned 5 of them since '85 and my last one was sold with 83K or so on the clock. I still see it around town occasionally. My current KLR has 45K, has never missed a beat and has needed absolutely nothing in terms of replacement parts..

    That said, a poorly cared for KLR can be a liability. If you haven't already heard of it, the "doohickey" could be viewed as a design flaw in every KLR made from day 1 til today.. If it has a lot of miles on it or if the P.O. failed to stay on top of the cam chain adjustments the chain and cam sprockets degrade rapidly, wearing the teeth off the cams. For the most part the differences between a '93 and an '07 motor (last year of the "old" style KLR) were minor, consisting primarily of differences in clutch cages, etc.

    If the P.O. "did the doo" early in the bike's lifem or was diligent about checking the stock "doo" and was conscientious about valve adjustments and oil changes in my experience they can be a solid 100,000 mile bike. If it has low miles and you're willing to assume said care and feeding you'll potentially acheive the same. Neglected, not so much.

    Other than that almost any well-maintained KLR will still be standing long after the cucarachas have taken over.

    The valves are bucket and shim which is sort of a PITA, but given decent attention to oil changes they seldom need shims. Mine has needed exactly 2 in 45,000 miles, but don't become jaded and fail to check them. I check mine at least twice a year, regardless of mileage.



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    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

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    +1 on the doohickey change. Other than that, the swing arm bearings have no grease fittings like the TW so they tend to wear.
    Just keep up on oil changes & it will last a LONG time.

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    thanks for the info!! I've read a lot about the doohickey in the past few hours. seems odd that they would make such a bullet proof engine yet make a bum doohickey? I'm going into the deal assuming it will have to be changed out.
    2012 TW200, 1993 KLR650, 1992 GSX750F

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    Take it from me. If you have to replace the Doo-Hickey it's not that hard. Eagle Mike sells them along with very good instructions.

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    I agree. Not that hard at all. There are alternatives to the tools sold for removing the flywheel but I have those and would be happy to lend them to you for the cost of shipping.

    How many miles are on the bike?



    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

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    yes miles... well po had to change the speedometer to get it inspected.has no proof of what it said when he took it off. he SAYS there were 10k on it then, and the new speedo shows 2222 miles, which he put on over 2 years. so let's hope that's not far off bc I bought the darn thing, I'll put up a pic soon, driving it home tonight. I need new handlebars and some plastic for starters. well worn parts are fine with me. is there a special klr site online i ought to know about, or should I just use eBay and poke around the usual parts websites? thanks for your help. tw so far has been my only ride ever. the 650 engine is pretty fun!!
    2012 TW200, 1993 KLR650, 1992 GSX750F

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    thanks for offering the tools too! I am going to do the doo soon & will keep that in mind
    2012 TW200, 1993 KLR650, 1992 GSX750F

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    No problem. I bought the tools many years ago because I'll always have a KLR around, but I think I payed as much or more for them as Eaglemike now charges for his latest versions, which look pretty slick. Mine is the earlier steel "dogleg" holder tool.

    This came up recently when Don Benito bought a KLR. It may turn out that after shipping both ways you'll have spent a fair amount which could have toward the cost of buying your own, but either way the offer stands.

    I've done them without the proper tools but you risk boogering stuff up. Xracer may have a more practical method for doing without.



    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

    Powdercoated '87 frame, extended swingarm, YZ fork legs, ATV tire, 14/55, XT350 tank, spliced quick-release seat, disc brake conversion, beeg headlight, beeger rack, Lizrdcooler, Lizrdventz and bunch of other stuff all covered in invisible ink.

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    93 klr 650 acquired. love it. thanks again for the info! pics later tomorrow.
    2012 TW200, 1993 KLR650, 1992 GSX750F

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