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New User....tire help and Doohickey info

Hey fellas. New User here, as well as a new KLR owner (2005-new to me). Bought the bike over the weekend, and while I was contemplating the purchase, I searched the net looking for info on the bike. Found a lot of folks talkin about the doohickey upgrade. My schedule and my lack of tools does not allow me to attempt this procedure on my own, and I went to a Kawasaki dealer today, and the service guy said he never heard of it. I tried explaining what it was, but he looked at me like I was nuts. What should I do? Also, I want to preemptively get new tires, and am wondering what ya'll recommend. I been readin the posts, but haven't found what I need to know. i ride mainly on the street, and I want a tire with EXCELLENT wet/dry traction. I will be doing a little bit of off-roading, but not alot and nothing too intense. Help me!
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[QUOTE=rickyp3278;34302]Hey fellas. New User here, as well as a new KLR owner (2005-new to me). Bought the bike over the weekend, and while I was contemplating the purchase, I searched the net looking for info on the bike. Found a lot of folks talkin about the doohickey upgrade. My schedule and my lack of tools does not allow me to attempt this procedure on my own, and I went to a Kawasaki dealer today, and the service guy said he never heard of it. I tried explaining what it was, but he looked at me like I was nuts. What should I do? Also, I want to preemptively get new tires, and am wondering what ya'll recommend. I been readin the posts, but haven't found what I need to know. i ride mainly on the street, and I want a tire with EXCELLENT wet/dry traction. I will be doing a little bit of off-roading, but not alot and nothing too intense. Help me![/QUOTE]
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Hi ! I also have been an admirer of the KLR 650. I found one in 2006. A 2002 with only 1700 miles and in my favorite color "army green" as I like to call it. I now have close to 5000 miles and have had a lot of fun on it. I also have a large sport touring bike a BMW R1150RT. It's a great road bike. But the KLR is the one I ride more often around home.

I like you had read much about the "doo-hickey". Also like you I have not attempted to do this upgrade myself. I also went to the local Kawasaki dealer at he said he never has had to replace one. And never heard of one breaking? But I do believe all the reports and plan to do this upgrade sometime. Just for peice of mind.

About tires. My bike came fitted with what seemed like new Dunlops. Trailmax radial 607's. I did a little researce on these. They are billed as a 90% street and 10% dirt {I believe}. And that's about the Balance of the kind of riding I do. Pavement and some gravel roads. So far for me they have worked out fine. Still have a lot of tread left. Ther are smoothe riding on the street. And for the kind of gravel and dirt roads I do get on now and then they have worked out fine. I will more than likely replace these with the same tire again. Hope this helps some. Later!
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For tires check here:

http://www.standoutnet.com/extras/mi.../klr650/tires/

When it comes to tires everyone has a different opinion. There is too much involved to just say this is what you should buy. Your riding style, where you ride etc. Investigate and then decide what you want to try. There are a lot of choices.


For the doohickey forget the dealers. They are basically playing dumb on this issue. Best thing to do is identify your location and maybe someone in your area can offer assistance.

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New User...Tire help and Doohickey question

Well, I live just a few minutes north of Atlanta, GA. Anyone know a shop in the area that knows anything about the doohickey upgrade?
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-20-2008, 06:48 AM
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Hey fellas. New User here, as well as a new KLR owner (2005-new to me). Bought the bike over the weekend, and while I was contemplating the purchase, I searched the net looking for info on the bike. Found a lot of folks talkin about the doohickey upgrade. My schedule and my lack of tools does not allow me to attempt this procedure on my own, and I went to a Kawasaki dealer today, and the service guy said he never heard of it. I tried explaining what it was, but he looked at me like I was nuts. What should I do? Also, I want to preemptively get new tires, and am wondering what ya'll recommend. I been readin the posts, but haven't found what I need to know. i ride mainly on the street, and I want a tire with EXCELLENT wet/dry traction. I will be doing a little bit of off-roading, but not alot and nothing too intense. Help me!
I just put Michilin Anakee's on last weekend as well as the Progressive Front Spring and the MSM 7.4 Rear Spring. The bike is AMAZING.

I am dooing my doohicky this weekend (2005 also just under 6k). I am also cleaning the oil screen under the water pump, both have been identified as potential issues in the 2005 ish models.

Last issue will be the valve guides, I will deal with that later. You can check if you are having valve guide issues by taking off the header and looking in the exhaust port to check for excessive carbon buildup.

Learn to work your bike, it will give you piece of mind that it was done correctly. I don't let anyone work on ANY thing I own other then the momma van since KIA is a proprietary special tool kinda thing, and you can't even get a freakin manual for a 2002 Sedona (that I am aware of at least).

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post #6 of 7 Old 05-20-2008, 07:34 AM
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One thing I found useful is this link, http://www.kawasaki.com/DefaultFrame...OSEVEHICLE.ASP.
You can type in your VIN number and you should bring up any outstanding recall issues. You can also order a shop manual for the bike which I found to be one of the best tools for working on it myself. I also just put the Anakee's on my '07 due to mostly road riding and love them. I did the doo this past weekend and found everything good but I feel better with the upgrade inplace. Another thing you may want to look into is the subframe upgrade bolt kit. Do a search on this or anyother KLR forum and you can read some real hairy stories about it.

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Welcome aboard Ricky...

The doohickey isn't really all that difficult a thing to do by oneself. Here is a link of what is involved: http://www.klr650.marknet.us/Doohickey.pdf

If you don't do the doohickey in the near future, I suggest 'NOT' trying to adjust it, just in case it IS broken. At least this way you will have some tension on the chain. There should be some KLR owners in your area, or just up in the southern part of TN that might plan a TECH day where you could get the doohickey done.

As for tires, you sound like you do the same type of riding I do, and I have really had high regard for the Avon Gripsters. Outstanding grip on ashpalt, dry or wet, and do really well on gravel and dirt roads. Forget anything else terrain wise with them.

Here is a link for Eagle Mike's web site with his phone number. He is the gentleman that designed and came up with the doohickey replacement. He has stated several times that if you have problems doing the Doo, you can call him and he will walk you thru the procedure step by step, or will verify that you have done it correctly. Mike is a great guy.
http://www.eagle-m-e.com/

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