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post #1 of 5 Old 08-11-2014, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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HELLO ALL!! Just retired from the fire department and moved my family to Florida.
Just bought a stock 07. Lots of reading on here, 2 main concerns I need help with:
This "doohickie" repair, is it real, is it needed, how soon is it needed?
The .22 mod, I'm new to Kawasaki so I have very limited wrench time. Is it real, is it worth it and is this something for a beginner to tackle?
Thanks in advance brothers (any sisters?)
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-11-2014, 08:24 PM
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Congratulations on the bike and retirement and welcome to the forum. I'll let the others help you with the technical stuff. I just read and learn.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-11-2014, 08:54 PM
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Congrats on the new ride! You live in a state where you should be able to easily ride year-round...unlike some of us in the northern areas where we have four seasons, one of which is generally really cold with a lot of white stuff on the ground, making our KLRs hibernate.

Enjoy the retirement! Grab a beverage, sit back, and enjoy a nice, low-key and laid back KLR site without the drama!

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-12-2014, 12:01 AM
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Howdy and welcome.

Just did the .22 myself last night on my '05 and it did help with the responsiveness. I have an after market exhaust and drilled a hole in the airbox so get some pretty good air flow.

There is a good youtube video in 2 parts on how to do it.
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http://youtu.be/Sb3WJjmVK4Y

My doo was done when I got the bike, but it is an essential fix. Plenty youtube on that as well.

Good to see another F/F on a bike.

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-12-2014, 12:03 AM
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Welcome to the forum.

The Doohickey is worth doing + the bowl vent T mod.

Unless you have service records, I recommend making a list and working over the bike end to end, grease, torque wrench, Loctite. If you indicate the type of riding you intend and the conditions, we will be able to offer better suggestions.

As a minimum: service (clean & grease) rear suspension & linkage; change brake fluid; replace wheel bearings; clean & pack the speedo drive hub on the front wheel; wipe off and grease the axles; grease the rear engine through bolt and suspension bolts while you are doing the bearings; servicing the steering head bearings is another but if they are tight, I drill and tap for a grease nipple into the steering head tube; valve clearance check and may as well advance the exhaust cam while in there.



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HELLO ALL!! Just retired from the fire department and moved my family to Florida.
Just bought a stock 07. Lots of reading on here, 2 main concerns I need help with:
This "doohickie" repair, is it real, is it needed, how soon is it needed?
The .22 mod, I'm new to Kawasaki so I have very limited wrench time. Is it real, is it worth it and is this something for a beginner to tackle?
Thanks in advance brothers (any sisters?)
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