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post #1 of 84 Old 02-13-2013, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Anybody not do the doo?

Sorry about the newbie question. I read and heard both, change it and then I heard don't worry about it on the new models. Anybody not change it and no issues?
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A LOT of people buy KLRs and have no idea what you're even talking about. That said, I did mine.




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got a 2009 with 1500 miles--haven't done it yet--gonna wait!
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Hey it's your bike and your decission....but ....there is enough information out there to support the correct answer.....but I'll say it again.

The newer DOO won't break but the spring they use is too long and will after a few adjustments become useless. It will not have any tension left and will fall off it's post sooner than later. If it does this the DOO has the ability to flop in any direction it wants as soon as you innocently release it to try and adjust the tension. This will result in the chain becoming even looser than it was before. IF it becomes so loose that it's capable of coming off the sprockets.....there will be devistating concequences.
As cheap as the new DOO is with a torsion spring from EM it is rediculous that people don't swap it out. It's a simple job to do if you can hold a wrench or have any skills using them. If not it shouldn't cost you more than an hour at any shop to have it done.

Think of the possible problem if it does go really bad.

Just saying.....????

Also the stock new DOO will not work correctly with the torsion spring as the groove isn't in the same location to the EM DOO. You can use an EM straight spring on the stock system and it will work......but why would you??? You are all the way into the job and the price of an EM DOO is peanuts to skimp out on it now....????

Sorry for the long post.....hope it helps.

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Also the stock new DOO will not work correctly with the torsion spring as the groove isn't in the same location to the EM DOO. You can use an EM straight spring on the stock system and it will work.
I didn't realize that. Will have to back up on what I suggested to a local guy.

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post #6 of 84 Old 02-13-2013, 09:54 AM
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Let's see

Do the doo, and know I will have no trouble.
Do not do the doo, and know there is a good chance I will have trouble.

Seems like an easy choice to make.
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I didn't realize that. Will have to back up on what I suggested to a local guy.
The two are clocked differently on the DOO shaft, if you know what I mean. The shaft shape is at a different location on a clock face in relation to the happy face of the DOO where the adjustment bolt rides in.
I'm sure this was done to suit the springs EM was capable of first using.

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I'm doing mine right now, bike has 1500 miles on it and the spring was loose. Had some difficulty with the torsion spring and had to give the doo a tap on the shaft to clear my starter gear but all is good now.
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got a 2009 with 1500 miles--haven't done it yet--gonna wait!
Let me explain why I made this statement. I'm new to the KLR world, so I'm still fairly ignorant about this "doo" thing. I work on all the different bikes I have in my stable (check my sig) so I'm no stranger to wrenching. Having said all that, here's a couple of my questions:

1. I thought the newer style KLR's (like my 2009) had solved the "doo" problem and it wasn't an issue. True or False?

2. According to the owners manual, the "balancer chain tension" doesn't need adjustment until 7500 miles. Mine only has 1500 miles. So should I worry? (I haven't even checked it yet!!!)

3. How hard is the replacement job? (any procedures on here?)

4. Where's the best place to get the parts?

So-for me-that's the long and short of it. Any and all advise is welcome. Thanks to all for your comments and help!
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Let me explain why I made this statement. I'm new to the KLR world, so I'm still fairly ignorant about this "doo" thing. I work on all the different bikes I have in my stable (check my sig) so I'm no stranger to wrenching. Having said all that, here's a couple of my questions:

1. I thought the newer style KLR's (like my 2009) had solved the "doo" problem and it wasn't an issue. True or False?

2. According to the owners manual, the "balancer chain tension" doesn't need adjustment until 7500 miles. Mine only has 1500 miles. So should I worry? (I haven't even checked it yet!!!)

3. How hard is the replacement job? (any procedures on here?)

4. Where's the best place to get the parts?

So-for me-that's the long and short of it. Any and all advise is welcome. Thanks to all for your comments and help!

False....and yes adjust your DOO anytime you want.....Eagle Mike is the place to buy DOO and torsion spring. Search how to's anywhere....

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