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post #1 of 47 Old 01-05-2014, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
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Couple of questions

Hi lads, just prepping my 04 for a trip to Morocco and have 2 queries.

First, is there any way to check if the Doo hickey mod has been done by previous owner, bike was US import, other than a strip down?

Second, oil drain plug was knackered so I inserted a M12 1.5 time sert in there but was wondering if there is any suitable access to view sump internally with a camera. Have a 9mm diam camera that will pass through the drain but cannot bend to see bottom of sump for any fragments. Did grease drill bit etc and don't think there are any bits in there but wouldn't mind checking before getting bits of Al clogging oil paths etc.

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post #2 of 47 Old 01-05-2014, 06:54 AM
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Don't know how you might check for a doohickey upgrade without a teardown, myself.

As to chips from drilling, most rely on flushing the sump, although after the insert is installed, a small "dam" may exist at the drain hole, preventing full evacuation. I'd expect some protection from the wire screen and the oil filter and chance it, but . . . your bike!

Disclaimer: I do not want to be responsible for putting you in the situation Bob Hope and Bing Crosby experienced in, "The Road To Morocco" (i.e., deadlined motor vehicle in the middle of the desert).


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You can make a pretty conclusive determination of whether or not the doohickey has been done without too much tear down.

You'll need to remove the left side engine cover and peer under the rotor so that you can see a wee bit of the doohickey. This picture shows what you'll be looking at:


What you are looking for is the difference in surface finish between the stock part and the aftermarket part. The stock part has a cast finish while the aftermarket has a ground finish.

Further, while you've got the case off, you can loosen the adjustment bolt and watch to see if the spring is still exerting tension on the balancer adjustment.

By leaning the bike to the right, all this can be done without losing oil; the whole deal can be done in a half hour.

Damocles has me wanting to watch all the 'Road' movies again; fine stuff, that Hope and Crosby duo...

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Got me thinking of this.

At the risk of posting something political I'll share this link and not embed.


Ooops. WTH? Seems when I want to embed it won't and when I don't it will.

Gray-haired riders don’t get that way from pure luck.

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Oh, and welcome foofoo7777, klr4evr will be along shortly with a proper welcome!!!

Hmmmm, since you don't have your location listed in your profile I'll guess the UK using descriptive terms like lads, knackered, bits, and Al

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Got me thinking of this.

At the risk of posting something political I'll share this link and not embed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWpU8sX10_4

Ooops. WTH? Seems when I want to embed it won't and when I don't it will.
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Cheers lads for the welcome. Based in Cork, Ireland but from Yorkshire originally.

Damocles, you are right about the 'dam' affect/effect. The insert I stuck in was a tad longer than original threaded sump. Meant to flush engine before I put insert actually in but in my love of the time sert kits I completely forgot. Doh.
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Got me thinking of this.

At the risk of posting something political I'll share this link and not embed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWpU8sX10_4

Ooops. WTH? Seems when I want to embed it won't and when I don't it will.
Ha! That was great.... They always are when they ring true!
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Thanks Tom for your detailed explanation, good stuff. May be able to kill 2 birds with 1 stone....if I leave oil in sump and tilt to right then oil and any shavings will/may come out...just need to order a left case gasket I suppose?

Bike came from US with some usual mods, up sized front disc (rotor), centre stand, happy trail panniers, progressive front springs (not installed). I can imagine that US owner may have done Doo having spent all the other money. Had an 87 A1 UK klr that had stainless exhaust, k&n filter etc that I borrowed the parts off, getting bike pretty sorted now.

Thanks for the info lads,

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If you send the camera in from the left side you can see the plug and if there are any shavings that way. You could grease up a bent wire and wiggle that in and around using the drain plug hole, the shavings will stick to the grease and exit with stiff wire, coat hanger comes to mind.
Tear the left side case off and see what spring you have on the DOO......and better yet how much tension it has. IMHO, if you go in that far I would buy the torsion spring to install if it isn't already there...if it is....simply sell it on the web to recoup some of your costs.

What part of Yorkshire....I'm from Uttoxeter, Staffs. Beautifull countryside.....but way too populated now a days also!

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