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Old 05-07-2009, 09:03 AM   #1
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My 30,000 mile KLR650 stock Doo-Hickey

Replaced it just 2 days ago...Surprise, it was still in one piece.

Although the spring was broken, rendering the adjustment system usless

Anyhow...A few pics.













The new Doo



Oil screen cleaning....there's the end of my spring.






It was a good day, actually about 4 hours total start to finish. Glad I finally bit the bullet and done this. I'd been dreading it, but it went well.

Later
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:21 AM   #2
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Adjust every 30,000 miles...I like it.


Looks like you took up a ton of slack with the new spring.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:02 AM   #3
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Adjust every 30,000 miles...I like it.


Looks like you took up a ton of slack with the new spring.
Well,...maybe I should have looked at it around 25K.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:21 AM   #4
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Now that you've got it done, try to remember to adjust it frequently! I kind of forgot it was there for a few months and probably went 1500 miles or so without adjusting it. It might be placebo, but I did feel that the motor smoothed out after a good Doo adjustment.
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:12 PM   #5
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Now that you've got it done, try to remember to adjust it frequently! I kind of forgot it was there for a few months and probably went 1500 miles or so without adjusting it. It might be placebo, but I did feel that the motor smoothed out after a good Doo adjustment.
My plans are to give it a bump every oil change, 3000 miles.
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Old 05-07-2009, 02:41 PM   #6
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Good to see the screen did its job !
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Old 05-07-2009, 04:12 PM   #7
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What's important here is that Kawasaki is aware of the problem, admits it, and is doing something about it.





























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Old 05-07-2009, 04:29 PM   #8
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What's important here is that Kawasaki is aware of the problem, admits it, and is doing something about it.





























They did make major improvements on this part for the '08 and newer bikes. Big difference in the pieces, the '08 and newer ones are machines from one piece, not welded like the '07 and older.

http://klrworld.com/forums/index.php/topic,5094.0.html
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Ok, i give up, what's it do? I don't know much about KLRs... Looks like a timing chain adjuster?
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:09 PM   #10
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Ok, i give up, what's it do? I don't know much about KLRs... Looks like a timing chain adjuster?
No, it's a doohickey...
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:51 PM   #11
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yer lucky, I never did find the missing bits of my broken spring and doohickey. dunno where they are, hopefully they fell out the drain hole on an oil change by now. Any reason you didn't you go with the torsion spring?
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Old 05-08-2009, 05:36 AM   #12
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yer lucky, I never did find the missing bits of my broken spring and doohickey. dunno where they are, hopefully they fell out the drain hole on an oil change by now. Any reason you didn't you go with the torsion spring?
My brothers '07 was much like yours, his spring was completely missing , and the lever was broken.

He has found bits and pieces on several oil changes, no problems yet....but it may just be a matter of time.
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Ok, i give up, what's it do? I don't know much about KLRs... Looks like a timing chain adjuster?

Balancer chain adjustment lever.
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:36 PM   #14
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Any reason you didn't you go with the torsion spring?
No reason not to.

It's just that this is what came with the kit when my brother went and picked it up.

Oh well....may put it in when this one wears out.
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Old 05-08-2009, 01:42 PM   #15
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Al,

Were you making the doo adjustments regularly prior to replacing it?

I haven't changed mine yet nor have I made any adjustments out of fear of breaking the doo.
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