While there are similarities, "Jurgen" is working on a Generation 2 in the video above; Robert (rcm_other) has a Generation 1.
As I perceive the video, Jurgen had a SPRING TENSION issue, not a DOOHICKEY (idler shaft lever) problem. Merely replacing the tension spring with one having proper elasticity should have cured Jurgen's problem.
Upgrade of Generation 1 doohickeys appears sound maintenance to me, since the factory part's strength and durability have proven marginal. Further, component failure of the doohickey can cause catastrophic collateral damage to the engine, as previously experienced by Robert.
If practicable, Robert, upgrading your doohickey (ideally, with torsion spring) seems a good idea to me. If not . . . most KLRs operating on the planet today muddle through with stock doohickeys, I'd imagine.
So, the decision to launch with a factory doohickey remains probabilistic; the odds of a malfunction or not remain what they are.
So, do you feel LUCKY? Your call!
Last edited by Damocles; 05-15-2013 at 10:32 PM.