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    Hi all:



    Bummer that my first post here is with a problem, but I just bought a 2004 with 2850 miles. Did a test ride and saw no problems. After about a 10 mile ride, I just noticed a what appears to be a base gasket leak on the left front. Bike is pristine otherwise. Any idea what this is going to cost me? I think pulling the motor is a little more than I am willing to do myself. So much for my good deal. I am in Sacramento.



    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nermal43 View Post
    Hi all:



    Bummer that my first post here is with a problem, but I just bought a 2004 with 2850 miles. Did a test ride and saw no problems. After about a 10 mile ride, I just noticed a what appears to be a base gasket leak on the left front. Bike is pristine otherwise. Any idea what this is going to cost me? I think pulling the motor is a little more than I am willing to do myself. So much for my good deal. I am in Sacramento.



    Ken


    No need to pull the motor. It's less than $50 in parts, and you can find the information on this forum to handle it. I did mine in about 2 hours. We're all here if you need any help, and there might even be a fellow T-Dubber in Sacramento.

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    Excellent news! I will take a look and beg for help if it is too much for me. I used to be on the KLR650 site, and this place seems to have the same sense of community. Thank you for the answer.



    Ken

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    Lots of us have KLRs and TWs.




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    I just bought a used 2006 TW200 and discovered a engine leak as well and it's the base gasket. Lucky the bike is still under warranty with GP Bikes. They are replacing the base gasket and a few other gaskets. Doesn't sound like a big issue to me, but not sure I'd wanna do it myself.

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    I got a quote earlier today from a Sac dealer for $200 plus parts. So, between $250 and $280. Another $20 for a valve adjustment. So much for feeling decent for getting the bike for $1800. I am on the fence on doing it myself. Time is the biggest problem.



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    Get a TW manual and get your hands dirty. If not I guess get use to getting screwed over cause $20 for a valve adjustment is a joke. Its so simple.

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    TWs are dandy DIY bikes. I've known many people over the years who stopped riding because of the high maintenance costs at the dealers. DIY keeps it cheap. A typical tune, lube, and clean the air filter takes about half an hour. Cost is about $25 in parts and oil. Dealers charge what?




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    Please tell me yammie only sells the 2010 or newer base gaskets.. If you tell them you have an 06 I sure hope they wouldn't order an 06... OMM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omm View Post
    Please tell me yammie only sells the 2010 or newer base gaskets.. If you tell them you have an 06 I sure hope they wouldn't order an 06... OMM.
    They would. they don't know any better until Mommaha changes their comuter programming.



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