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Old 08-27-2012, 11:02 PM   #1
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Just picked up a 1984 KLR 600 - any advise, tips tricks, hints, suggestions welcome here. It is not currently running, but most of the parts are there, I think I can get it going with a few things. I'll try to keep this updated as I go along.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:06 PM   #2
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2007 Black, Ricor front/rear, EM fork brace, heated grips,
HT skid plate, Tusk foot pegs, SV650 front brake caliper, and 15,000 miles
1984 klr600; sold https://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=105780
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:24 AM   #3
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When I had my KLR600 I loved the beast.

Comparing it to a 650, the bike actually handles better and is snappier on the throttle.

Although, make sure you get yourself a nice set of boots, because you're going to need it when trying to start that thing.

With the right sprockets, the KLR600 will cruise as highway speeds, but it really shines as a farm bike (That is, going on rough, muddy trails or offroad)
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:40 PM   #4
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OOoo it's even got a kickstarter! My battery died a couple weeks ago and wished mine had one at the time :/
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:33 PM   #5
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OOoo it's even got a kickstarter! My battery died a couple weeks ago and wished mine had one at the time :/
It ONLY has a kicker start, no magic button on this machine. I haven't had a chance to do anything with it yet, I'm going to try to find time to work on getting a title tomorrow.
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2007 Black, Ricor front/rear, EM fork brace, heated grips,
HT skid plate, Tusk foot pegs, SV650 front brake caliper, and 15,000 miles
1984 klr600; sold https://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=105780
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:52 AM   #6
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Nice to see another 600 being rebuilt.
Here is a few pic's of what I did with mine......
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:22 AM   #7
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Very nice!
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2007 Black, Ricor front/rear, EM fork brace, heated grips,
HT skid plate, Tusk foot pegs, SV650 front brake caliper, and 15,000 miles
1984 klr600; sold https://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=105780
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:20 PM   #8
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Great looking bike Bump. Really nice.

NVGTI - Great project, it'll be nice watching it come together.
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:57 PM   #9
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Thanks! I'm now fairly certain I can obtain a legal title, however it will cost me some coin, and I won't do much until I get it. I also found an area of concern, it appears the frame has been broken and crappily repaired, something I will look closer at as time is available.
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2007 Black, Ricor front/rear, EM fork brace, heated grips,
HT skid plate, Tusk foot pegs, SV650 front brake caliper, and 15,000 miles
1984 klr600; sold https://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=105780
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:45 PM   #10
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Well I think you are well advised to ensure you can "own" it before spending much on it, I do believe that a poorly repaired frame can be fixed by someone reputable. Otherwise does the KL and KLR frames differ that much that you couldn't use a KLR frame for it?
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Nice find. Here's a slightly updated 600....

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:17 PM   #12
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I've seen that pic before, nice Chuck! Want to trade?

That one is a 1986? I can see some differences between yours and mine, besides the obvious. Yours has electric start, mine does not. Yours has different chain adjusters,and swing arm. Rear rack stock, or aftermarket? Mine has none at this point.
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2008 Red KLR 650, T bob, CD Moab shock, Ricors up front, EM fork brace, KLR Dash, Seat Concepts, 35,000 miles
2007 Black, Ricor front/rear, EM fork brace, heated grips,
HT skid plate, Tusk foot pegs, SV650 front brake caliper, and 15,000 miles
1984 klr600; sold https://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=105780
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Another beautiful 600.. You guys need to start a 600 photo thread! I actually like the looks of the 600 and 1 Gen 650 to my new '11.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:09 AM   #14
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I will add photos as I go, but will be quite a long progress. Won't be as pretty as Chucks, nor as clean.
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2008 Red KLR 650, T bob, CD Moab shock, Ricors up front, EM fork brace, KLR Dash, Seat Concepts, 35,000 miles
2007 Black, Ricor front/rear, EM fork brace, heated grips,
HT skid plate, Tusk foot pegs, SV650 front brake caliper, and 15,000 miles
1984 klr600; sold https://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=105780
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:12 PM   #15
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I will add photos as I go, but will be quite a long progress. Won't be as pretty as Chucks, nor as clean.
Cool, be waiting to see them!
There's a 600 on CL in Portland,Or been there for quite some time and with what it needs to get her going, I think there a bit to "proud" of it!?
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:12 PM   #16
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This one? https://corvallis.craigslist.org/mcy/3161026016.html

I'd offer him $500 unless it runs, the maybe, maybe $750.
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2008 Red KLR 650, T bob, CD Moab shock, Ricors up front, EM fork brace, KLR Dash, Seat Concepts, 35,000 miles
2007 Black, Ricor front/rear, EM fork brace, heated grips,
HT skid plate, Tusk foot pegs, SV650 front brake caliper, and 15,000 miles
1984 klr600; sold https://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=105780
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:39 PM   #17
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boy am I happy to find this thread! Proud owner of an '86 that's well on its way, and an 84 that's been sadly patched up over the years. 7k on the 86, 4k on the 84.
On the 86 here's what I've got so far:
New set of used tires:thumbs up:
New blue chain
New used seat
New used front brakes (mix and match. Newer handle, older hose. Going to put braided in though)
New EM doo with torsion spring
New Speedo cable
Xeon blue headlight

As for the 84...
No spark
Missing one radiator
No coolant res. I assumed there just wasn't one in 84, but based on these pics here and the rest of the bike shortcuts that have been taken, maybe its supposed to have one after all.
No magic button (yay. See my other thread about removed starter keepers popping loose in engine)
"custom" spray paint job
No ignition unit
No spark - maybebecause of ignition issue.

Is any of this even interesting to you guys? Or am I the only one with KL grease lining my fingerprints?

Either way, cheers to the 600s!
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I haven't done much, still working on the title, but I'm closing in on that.
I also have been working on getting some of the missing/broken parts, I at least want to get this thing running and ride it once before I decide on further action. So to start:
Needed: Petcock - has an aftermarket tank, normal KLR petcock won't work, it's on the wrong side for one. (got one) Also fuel related is this fuel tank, although it appears that it is made for this bike, doesn't quite fit.
Choke (enrichener) plastic nut broken, got one of those.
Radiator fan: I need to post a pic of what is on the bike now, but I now have a replacement.
Also missing: left and right side plastics, battery and what ever holds that in place, air filter was dry rotted, and is way different from the 650's. left side turn signal/hi/lo switch was frozen, but now working, however it it broken so no mirror mount and the choke lever is broken.
Still need a title, but I have all the required paperwork needed to obtain one, so will go to DMV this week.
I need a side stand. I believe the previous rider weighed over 300 pounds as the preload on the shock is cranked way down, and part of the side stand has been broken off. These seem to be as rare as hens teeth.
T Throttle was very difficult to move, although the carb butterfly moves freely. (fixed) Now it works pretty well.
Clutch - same as throttle, again, some adjustment, and lots of lube, now better, but I will replace the cable later.
Although the rear tire appears new, I will replace once I get further along, the front tire holds air, that's about all it's good for. Will be replaced.
Engine is not frozen, and freely turns over. I pulled the plug, and it does have spark, so in theory it should run when it gets fuel.
As I get more time, I'll post a few more pics and try to get this thing to at least breath fire. I need to clean/inspect the carb first, find an air filter, and maybe check the valves before I do much else.


"Is any of this even interesting to you guys? Or am I the only one with KL grease lining my fingerprints? "

hell yeah this is interesting at least to me!
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2007 Black, Ricor front/rear, EM fork brace, heated grips,
HT skid plate, Tusk foot pegs, SV650 front brake caliper, and 15,000 miles
1984 klr600; sold https://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=105780
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:23 PM   #19
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Courtesy of one of the other guys on here, this is a great looking and nice quality replacement for the left hand controls. They also make a separate mirror bracket.

https://www.dualsportplus.ca/klr650/b...ht_switch.html

I have a good working control unit I pulled off my '94 because of the mirror mount being broken. I really like the one above however.

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Old 09-12-2012, 05:32 PM   #20
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Hey good news! The ignition module fit the klr250 fits the 600!
I bought one for my 600b, but also used it to test a no spark issue on the 600a and it fired right up! First time in two years!

Time to make a list of things to fix. Since I've got the tools now, might as well do the doo!

Keep fixin!
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