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Old 09-16-2006, 03:18 PM   #1
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Amt of shop labor for doo replacement on KLR650

I was at Sears today buying all of the tools needed for the doohickey replacement when I realized the shop labor might be cheaper than the tools. So I called the local Kawasaki dealer and asked how much labor is. He quoted $40 to replace the doo. I told him that had to be wrong and he double checked for me. Came back on the line and said $40 again. Now these folks aren't the brightest Crayola in the box from past experiences with them but can $40 be right? I have average mechanical abilities and doing it myself does not scare me but for only $40 how can I lose?
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Old 09-16-2006, 03:25 PM   #2
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$40 would be about 45 minutes of work? That could be right. Most likely, the dealership doesn't know what the "doo" is and just wants to get you in the door. There's no way in hell you'll get out of there with a $40 service charge....no way
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Old 09-16-2006, 03:27 PM   #3
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You're right but I explained what the doo is to them. That was why he double checked. Of course he never heard of the doo going bad either!
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Old 09-16-2006, 03:56 PM   #4
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He probably looked up labor to R&R the outer cover, not realizing to do the full job the inner cover has to come off to get at the spring.
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Old 09-16-2006, 04:48 PM   #5
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My friend is an independent wrench who works on a lot of KLR's including the two he owns.

I know he can change one in less than thirty minutes with an oil change.
he has a lift and all the tools and has done 50 or more of them.
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Old 09-16-2006, 05:35 PM   #6
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There are a ton of folks who own the tools, and most are happy to lend them out, me included. $7.00 for shipping, then pass them on to the next cheap cunt.

I know this is a sin, but try klr650.net, for someone in your area!!
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Old 09-16-2006, 05:37 PM   #7
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And fill out your profile n00b.
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Old 09-16-2006, 06:06 PM   #8
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[quote=Team Redneck]......$7.00 for shipping...../quote]

That seems high to me....
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Old 09-16-2006, 06:19 PM   #9
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It took me 45 min to do mine with an oil change. I purchased an 07 balancer adjustment spring to see what the difference was, the part number is different for 07, the spring looks the same as the one I took out of my 05, maybe a material change, or just a P/N change to try to make us think they're doing something about the issue.
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Old 09-16-2006, 06:56 PM   #10
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I tried to have my dealer comp it under warranty and they checked and came back with 0.79 hours of labor to do it.
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Old 09-17-2006, 12:27 AM   #11
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30-45 min. is about what it takes me. It might take you an hour if you have never done it before. Some guys can do it in close to 20 minutes. 40 bucks seems a reasonable labor charge.
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Old 09-17-2006, 10:50 AM   #12
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...but you'll always have the satisfaction of doing it yourself..(if you're made that way!) All the work on my 05 DRZ was performed by me so I know it was done right. That's part of having a bike....knowing it from the inside out. And the tools will alwys be yours...
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Old 09-17-2006, 11:28 AM   #13
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I would do it myself if I was you...its good to know how to work on your own bike...but that was the rule in my house growing up (my dad was a mechanic)
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Old 09-17-2006, 12:47 PM   #14
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I just did mine yesterday. First one took 2 hours cos we were drinking and talking most of the time.
After 3 it took well under an hour.
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Old 09-17-2006, 07:49 PM   #15
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ThumpsterDRZ...but you'll always have the satisfaction of doing it yourself..(if you're made that way!) All the work on my 05 DRZ was performed by me so I know it was done right. That's part of having a bike....knowing it from the inside out. And the tools will alwys be yours...

I figured that I'd do it myself. Doesn't hurt to have a breaker bar and torque wrench which is what I bought for this job. I just thought $40 was too cheap. Besides I worked on adding farkles to the bike today. Added a Happy Trails radiator guards and highway pegs. Also added the gel 714 grips along with Meier bark busters and wind deflectors. This week is the doo replacement topped off by a new skid plate. Thanks for your replies.
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