Just bought 2007 used klr 650. Reading about this dohickey proplem. What is it? How do I fix it? Where do I get the parts?Can I do it myself? Bike has 3200 miles.
Thanks in advance
Yes, you can complete this upgrade. There is wealth of information on line regarding the identification of the balancer shaft lever [doohickey], and it's replacement. A good place to start reading:
If ya looky over here, part 131168 is the balancer shaft lever [doohickey]
part 92144 is a coil spring that is prone to fail. There are two options for replacement: an upgraded coil spring or a torsion spring. Current approval leans toward the torsion spring.
Here is tutorial on the doohickey replacement:
And a video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26oSOrvv_e8
There are three things that will start riots, range wars, mass banning, requests for technical information from the Unibomber and for normally well balanced people to become Internet stalkers. Those topics, in this order, are: Oil threads, tire threads and vendor threads.
There is much mis-information regarding the country of manufacture of the balancer shaft lever [doohickey] marketed by Studebaker / mashonline / KLR650.com. It has been implied that this balancer shaft lever is made in China, from sub grade material and displays poor craftsmanship. Investigated, it is found that the balancer shaft lever [doohickey] marketed by these businesses is machined in New York state, [A Yankee state, but still considered to be in the USA, for those with patriotic concerns] from adequately tested material. Just to uncloud the water, so to speak. There have been no documented cases of failure regarding these non-Chinese balancer shaft levers marketed by these businesses. All offer outstanding customer service with knowledgeable tech support. [Tech support is NOT available at 3:00 AM on holidays. For those inconvenienced by this atrocity, there is Dial a Prayer.]
Here are a few vendors that supply the balancer shaft lever [doohickey]
Good service history with them
Good service and tech support
There are many "tech days" held around to install doohickeys and other upgrade / maintenance, share tools and ideas. Check regional forums for upcoming events.