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post #1 of 31 Old 12-20-2016, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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2017 KLR 650 issues

Good morning. I purchased the digital camo KLR 650 2017 last weekend. I've already put 1,300 miles on it and did the first oil change midway through the break in. I keep reading about this doohicky and I would like to know if it's still an issue with the 2017 as I am taking this bike on several long trips and wouldn't like to have any failures. Also I have the 4 year Kawasaki warranty. If the doohicky breaks is it covered under this warranty and is it worth keeping the warranty?
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First stop to grab some oil in Arkansas before heading back to Texas
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Your dealer can answer your questions regarding warranty coverage of a failed doohickey, and of the potentially catastrophic collateral damage from the failure.

Truth be told, your doohickey (idler shaft lever) itself isn't likely to fail; more likely, absence of spring tension. Ask if that shortcoming/malfunction is covered.

WHY isn't the 2017 model of the infamous doohickey likely to fail? Part upgraded in 2008. Don't know of a single, verifiable doohickey component failure since then (though they may exist; even the Space Shuttle failed).

The Eagle Mike "torsion" spring comprises a superior design, compared to the stock spring scheme; doubt the aftermarket part would be provided on a warranty claim.
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Your dealer can answer your questions regarding warranty coverage of a failed doohickey, and of the potentially catastrophic collateral damage from the failure.

Truth be told, your doohickey (idler shaft lever) itself isn't likely to fail; more likely, absence of spring tension. Ask if that shortcoming/malfunction is covered.

WHY isn't the 2017 model of the infamous doohickey likely to fail? Part upgraded in 2008. Don't know of a single, verifiable doohickey component failure since then (though they may exist; even the Space Shuttle failed).

The Eagle Mike "torsion" spring comprises a superior design, compared to the stock spring scheme; doubt the aftermarket part would be provided on a warranty claim.
Thanks for the heads up. I had seen a few YouTube videos of people changing them on newer looking KLRs so I wasn't sure if I should worry.
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I'm sure you're going to get many different opinions on what you should do with the doohickey.

I upgraded the doohickey on my 2013 after my trip to Alaska. The bike had ~15,000 miles on it. The doohickey itself was fine. However, the spring had no tension at all. Whether that made any actual difference, I can't say as I don't have the technical knowledge to know. I chose the torsion spring path from Eagle Mike.

The main reason I'm writing is to say I took a pretty long trip, ~10,000 miles, and put on a few thousand other miles, before I opened up the case and looked at the doohickey. Bike ran fine and has suffered no ill effects from waiting. For me personally, I didn't worry about the doohickey before I took some longer trips. YMMV.
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I'm sure you're going to get many different opinions on what you should do with the doohickey.

I upgraded the doohickey on my 2013 after my trip to Alaska. The bike had ~15,000 miles on it. The doohickey itself was fine. However, the spring had no tension at all. Whether that made any actual difference, I can't say as I don't have the technical knowledge to know. I chose the torsion spring path from Eagle Mike.

The main reason I'm writing is to say I took a pretty long trip, ~10,000 miles, and put on a few thousand other miles, before I opened up the case and looked at the doohickey. Bike ran fine and has suffered no ill effects from waiting. For me personally, I didn't worry about the doohickey before I took some longer trips. YMMV.
Yea I'm going to order the eagle Mike doohicky and put that on for peace of mind. It looks kind of difficult to install from the two videos I watched and some custom tools were made. What was your experience like?
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My 2009 model did 30,000km before the Doo was changed (by the previous owner, a friend of mine). When it was opened up the original Doo wasn't broken and the spring still had some tension in it. Replaced with an Eagle Mike upgrade kit just to be sure.
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One of those questions, that isn't even supposed to be answered (a, "rhetorical" question):

Of the entire worldwide production of KLR650s over more than a quarter century, what percentage of these machines have aftermarket doohickeys?

The converse of the question:

What percentage of KLR650 riders, since the dawn of time, somehow muddle through with OEM (stock) doohickeys and balancer chain tensioning mechanisms?

DISCLAIMER: Upgrading doohickeys remains sound maintenance, IMHO.
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One of those questions, that isn't even supposed to be answered (a, "rhetorical" question):

Of the entire worldwide production of KLR650s over more than a quarter century, what percentage of these machines have aftermarket doohickeys?

The converse of the question:

What percentage of KLR650 riders, since the dawn of time, somehow muddle through with OEM (stock) doohickeys and balancer chain tensioning mechanisms?

DISCLAIMER: Upgrading doohickeys remains sound maintenance, IMHO.
Devils advocate... How many bikes received damage form a failed doohickey!
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Devils advocate... How many bikes received damage form a failed doohickey!
Nothing devilish about the question at all! The probability of failure remains a basis for upgrading the doohickey.

Still, how many KLR650s, percentage-wise, have aftermarket upgraded doohickeys?

(The population of interest INCLUDES KLR650s whose owners do not have access or rarely visit the Internet concerning their machines.)
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