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post #1 of 9 Old 01-26-2013, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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I got a $150 gift certificate from my wife at Christmas for Happy Trails in Boise. I was thinking about how to use it on my 2008 KLR 650 that now has just over 20K on it.

Spend it on a doohicky mod? Carb re-jet? Put it toward a new exhaust?

I won't be taking the bike up there until it warms up a bit but just want some ideas to kick around.
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-26-2013, 12:42 AM
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At 20K miles, I'd definitely pick up a torsion spring doohickey kit and get it in there. Ride off road? Pick up a metal skid plate/engine guard if you don't already have one. I have the HT offering. Only drawback to it is that you have to either grind a cutout on the left side or take the thing off every time you need to adjust said doohickey. If you want to grind a cutout, whatever it's made out of is soft and an electric drill with a small grinding wheel on it will do the trick.



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post #3 of 9 Old 01-26-2013, 08:37 AM
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Happytrails is having a doohicky tech day in February, in Boise:

http://www.happy-trail.com/HT-Annual...-Feb-2013.aspx

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10th Annual Happy Trails Doohickey Tech Day
SKU HTP-DOO-FEB2013

What: 10th Annual Happy Trails Doohickey Clinic
When: February 9, 2013, 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Happy Trails Event Center, 11777 W Executive Drive, Boise, ID 83713

Pre-Registration required

This is our annual Doohickey Clinic which began in 2003. Since that time we've helped hundreds of KLR owners secure the reliability of this otherwise terrific motorcycle. The format is simple. Owners bring their bikes to the clinic. We sell the parts needed and provide (free) the tools, training, coaching and guidance for each owner to carry out their own repair. The net result is a savings of $130-$150.

Pre-register:

You must pre-register for us to be ready for you. Indicate your attendance below and then checkout. There is no charge to attend the clinic. On the day of the clinic you will pay only for parts needed for your Doohickey Upgrade.

Our Annual Open House and Slow Cooker Cook-Off is on the same day...

..my question.. is there an easy way to tell if any of the previous owners of my bike did this already (short of tearing the engine apart)?
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Happytrails is having a doohicky tech day in February, in Boise:

..my question.. is there an easy way to tell if any of the previous owners of my bike did this already (short of tearing the engine apart)?
Well, this might be falling right into your lap: a chance to pick up a doohickey kit and help getting it installed at the same time. There's no way to tell if it's been done without taking it apart for a look-see. Might kind of suck to get in there and find out it's already been done, but at least you'd know for sure.



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..my question.. is there an easy way to tell if any of the previous owners of my bike did this already (short of tearing the engine apart)?
That's why Eagle Mike provides a sticker but seems most don't use it. I put mine on the side cover so any future owner will know the Doo is done, unless it comes off then ........

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The bike has not been doohickied.

But is it true that the doohicky mod was more important for the 1st generation bikes than it is for the 2nd generation? I don't mind doing it at all if there is any chance of my engine doing a hand grenade on me.

My '06 KLR was doohickied before I bought it. But certainly will do the '08 if it is worth doing.
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The bike has not been doohickied.

But is it true that the doohicky mod was more important for the 1st generation bikes than it is for the 2nd generation? I don't mind doing it at all if there is any chance of my engine doing a hand grenade on me.

My '06 KLR was doohickied before I bought it. But certainly will do the '08 if it is worth doing.
The durability of the Gen2 balancer shaft lever is a subject of debate, but most seem to agree that the stock coil spring is still suspect and the weakest link. I went with the EM torsion spring, myself. For the record, I did also install the EM lever. I didn't see any point in doing the work and sticking with a coil spring setup, even if the EM coil springs are superior to the stock one. It would seem the torsion spring is the way to go and I've never heard anything to make me think otherwise.



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That's why Eagle Mike provides a sticker but seems most don't use it. I put mine on the side cover so any future owner will know the Doo is done, unless it comes off then ........
Mine came off.




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That's why Eagle Mike provides a sticker but seems most don't use it. I put mine on the side cover so any future owner will know the Doo is done, unless it comes off then ........
I dropped mine on the floor and the dog took off with it and chewed it up before I ever got a chance to put it on. My old balancer lever is on my key chain. It's starting to get pretty rusty.



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