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post #1 of 22 Old 03-11-2010, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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Doohickey upgrade (when?)

I have just purchased a 2006 KLR (650). with 6700 km's on it.
The bike is in excellent condition & appears not to have been abused in any way. My question is at what point should the doohickey be done? ASAP or can it wait for a while? I was hoping to ride it for the season & do the job over the winter. Any opinions would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 22 Old 03-11-2010, 07:22 AM
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As soon as you are able to do so.

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It depends on how much of a gambler you are. I ain't much of one so I did my doo on my 08 like 4-5 months in. Would have done it sooner if I could have.




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The sooner the better. It's not that warm in Canada yet. Get 'er done now. Only takes a couple of hours. The end result is worry free riding. If you didn't know about the Doo you wouldn't think about it but now that you do, until you change it, you'll always wonder if this ride will be the time.

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If you didn't know about the Doo you wouldn't think about it but now that you do, until you change it, you'll always wonder if this ride will be the time.
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post #6 of 22 Old 03-11-2010, 07:27 PM
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Absolutely get it done, my 03 had 12,000 km on it and it was running great, took it in for the dohicky and sure enough the spring was broken. Its almost a sure thing it will fail so do it asap.
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OK. 5 reply's & all say do it now.
That settles it. It shall be done.
Thanks for the input.......
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post #8 of 22 Old 03-11-2010, 08:37 PM
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Here's a sixth. Do it now. Mine wasn't broken but the spring was out of adjustment at 10,000 miles or thereabouts.
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post #9 of 22 Old 03-24-2010, 03:59 AM Thread Starter
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Glad I did it now. The spring was broken.
I could not find the small broken loop however.
Although the rotor bolt does not appear to be "torque to yield" I decided to order a new one to be on the safe side. The difference between the old doohickey & the new eagle mike one is like night & day. Also decided to go with the torsion spring as opposed to the original style. Thanks again,,,,,
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No hurry. You can wait till after lunch. LOL

I was surprised that mine had no tension on the '09 "upgraded" unit.
Cheesy soft casting and the spring's too big. Nice improvement. Yikes.
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