Well, sheís done, went pretty smooth. I did take my time, thanks ArcticKLR. My only problem was installing the torsion spring. Instructions say donít use needle nose pliers, but I could see no other way. I did soften the jaws with a couple of layers of shop rag. It seems the main reason not to use pliers is to not mar the spring, I didnít mar the spring.
My question for anyone who may know or have an opinion is why not use both types of springs, it doesnít seem to me like they would conflict with each other, only help?
The stock lever did look like a nice forged part to me. Yes it didnít fit as nice as the Eagle lever, but Iím not convinced thatís necessary, as there has not been a documented failure. The spring was another thing, 3434 miles on the clock and it was done.
I can definitely hear the difference in the motor, seems some of the tractor noises are gone, not all.
My bike is an 08 and it did have the deep hole in the side cover. In my opinion if you have an 08 or early 09 you should address this ASAP. Eagle included a bushing for this fix with the kit, sweet.
I must say, even though Iíve never done one before, this was very familiar territory. Thanks to all who have written and posted videos about the Doo.