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post #1 of 23 Old 10-29-2006, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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BALANCER LEVER PHOTO

Thought I would post this for those interested in the procedure. Most have probably already been in there. Found this while browsing through some older shots. This shot shows the original lever being removed at 30K miles. The spring was still intact. Lucky because there were no broken parts to fish out. :h0159

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post #2 of 23 Old 10-29-2006, 08:10 PM
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I did my doo today @7365mi. Nothing broken & no parts to fish out.
I feel alot better now though. :mrgreen:
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post #3 of 23 Old 10-29-2006, 08:33 PM
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great for you guys ! I wished I'd been that lucky, took me over an hour to fish the parts out of the oil sump. Both the spring and doo were broken on mine, and I only have 14k on mine.

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post #4 of 23 Old 10-30-2006, 07:22 AM
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great for you guys ! I wished I'd been that lucky.
+1.

At a little less than 14K, I had to fish a piece of mine out of the sump. Spring was OK, though. :roll:



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post #5 of 23 Old 10-30-2006, 10:20 AM
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ya know, from seeing all the broken doo's, it appears that they all break pretty much in the same place right next to the end of the welds. I noticed on mine when looking at it under a magnifying glass, that the metal looksm very cyrtalized, meaning it was hardened way to much, making it very brittle. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand they need to do something about the issue {Kaw} I think we need to take pictures and send them all to Kaw and ask them what they plan on doing. This is just BS that they won't make it right. I just wonder how many engines have been destroyed by a broken do, anyone have a statistic on that ?

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post #6 of 23 Old 10-30-2006, 04:08 PM
 
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Eaglemike and I both agreed on this very same observation during tech weekend... KAWA could at least stress relieve it.. or heat treat it.. heck even shot peening it would help,,,,

but then they would have to admit there was a problem on a bike whose model life is about to go bye bye,,, isnt going to happen,, but this has been said a million times :evil:
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post #7 of 23 Old 11-09-2006, 10:51 AM
 
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Get the Doo out!!

I think that it sucks to have an engine messed up by a doo, but what IS cool about having this bad doo in yer bike is wanting to get it out of there asap!! (before it explodes!!) then lerning what exactly is going in there behind the side covers as you take the bike apart, you ALSO become more confident in you wrenching abilities, some guy's lifes even change as it instantly gives them more self esteem knowing that they faced their fears and dove in and attacked the damn doo to come out victorious!! It also has been documented that people who HAVE done their OWN Doo have gotten better jobs, made more friends, learned to fly airplanes, bought lots of real estate and married supermodels, they can now run out of the garage holding their head up high and fists in the air extaticly screaming "I conquered The Doo" a phrase only understood by fellow KLRists so don't do this chant in the driveway or your neighbors might look at you with a raised eyebrow and say "Good for you!! keep your DOO on your own lawn" besides.... its good practice!! I just wonder if we could get Kawi. to reimburse all of us for the upgraded doos :!:
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post #8 of 23 Old 11-09-2006, 11:15 AM
 
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Mine looked good at about 7500 miles when i upgraded to the Eagle lever:

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post #9 of 23 Old 11-09-2006, 11:41 AM
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Hey Dude,
Did it adjust after the picture?
When ever I do one I always try to do the adjustment while the cover is off.
Most times it wont adjust because it's krimped to the inner case. Yea, it looks good, but as soon as you push with your finger
it jumps and does actually "adjust". But, the spring has sprung all it's going to. thus ending the adjustments for life.
And most times I was able to push the lever even farther, making a "Proper" adjustment.
Then the spring is actually loose and waiting to fall off.
anyway. Even though the lever is'nt broke and the spring is still in one piece too ( Which, dont get me wrong... is GREAT! )
it probley is not or ever again, going to "WORK" like it should. and is still going to be a ticking timebomb. :sad:

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sorry I can't....... I'm fishing today
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post #10 of 23 Old 11-09-2006, 01:50 PM
 
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I can't remember if it moved after i loosened the bolt, but the OEM lever didn't have any crimps or indentations. i just took it off and installed the Eagle spring and lever. I'm assuming i shouldn't have to worry about the lever crimping or sticking now, should I? The engine did seem to run a little quieter with the new parts though, but that could a result of my "selective" hearing...
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