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post #1 of 22 Old 01-17-2007, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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2007 Dohicky

Does anyone have any experience with the 2007 KLR 650 dohicky? Should it be changed before going on a long trip? How many miles can it go before it needs attention? Has it been upgraded over the prior year models :?:
Any help will be appreciated. Thanks, RCTraveler :smile:
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post #2 of 22 Old 01-17-2007, 09:57 PM
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How long is a long trip to you? It is nothing to stress yourself about just change it your earliest convenience. There are plenty of tech days here in California if you want help with it or just need the tools. If your planning a trip of several thousand miles or going to remote locations I wwould consider changing it before hand.
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post #3 of 22 Old 01-17-2007, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for responding. I am planning about a 6000 mile trip to Alaska next summer. I will probably have to change the dohicky before I go I guess. I had hoped that the 2007's would have been upgraded so I wouldn't have to worry about it. Thanks again.
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post #4 of 22 Old 01-17-2007, 10:20 PM
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The 2007's are the same old part. It really isn't difficult to change but does require 2 special tools. I am on the central coast so if you live nearby I would be happy to help you change it. There is also a tech day in Petaluma this weekend and another next month in San Diego.
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post #5 of 22 Old 01-17-2007, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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I appreciate the information and the offer but I won't need to do it until the Spring because it's relatively new right now. I was just concerned about having problems in the middle of the trip to Alaska. I think I can do it myself before I leave but I will give you a shout if I run into trouble. Thanks again.
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post #6 of 22 Old 01-18-2007, 10:07 AM
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but I won't need to do it until the Spring because it's relatively new right now.
Not to scare you or anything... :mrgreen: , But there alot of info on this if you read enough of what others have seen in their own machines.
Some "new" bike have had broken springs @ 800 miles, and if they were to try and adjust the lever with it like that it might loosen the balancer chain even more.
Some have never even looked at the rubber lever bolt cover on the side of the case and ridden 30,000 miles with out a hitch.
Those are the extreme... Most fall in the middle.

"Relatively New" - "it's brand new" - "It's covered under warrenty" means nothing with the stock lever and spring.

You know there's a problem with it, Change it at your earliest convience.
You'll be rewarded for it.

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sorry I can't....... I'm fishing today
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post #7 of 22 Old 01-22-2007, 05:13 PM
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My 2005 KLR has 4125 miles on it. When we opened the side case on Saturday the spring was broken. We never found the smaller part. I just hope it got flushed out in the oil change. I have installed a magnetic drain plug just for that reason. I put in a new doo and I was very pleased with how it quieted the bike down.

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post #8 of 22 Old 02-09-2007, 03:03 PM
 
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Picking up my new KLR in a week or so. The dealer says the DOOHICKY replacement is not necissary on the 07/08 bikes. I offered to pay them to do it before I pick it up. Dealer says the people making the DOOHICKY FIX KIT are just keeping the rumor going so they can sell parts. The dealer seems to be good people, and I plan on buying more bikes from him in the future. What is the bottom line on this issue for the 07 motors. Thanks in advance, flowback
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post #9 of 22 Old 02-09-2007, 03:29 PM
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Take a look at this link and decide for yourself. The bottom line is the part in the 07's are the same as previous years. The 08's are not out just yet but I'll bet it remains the same as well. http://klrworld.com/forums/index.php/topic,962.0.html
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post #10 of 22 Old 02-09-2007, 03:45 PM
 
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Thanks slo, I just registered on the world. when they get me checked in I'll scope it out. :shock:
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