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Old 02-25-2013, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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Adjusting the "Doo Hickey"

When I adjust the Doo Hickey. Should the engine be cold, warm or hot.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:25 AM
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When I adjust the Doo Hickey. Should the engine be cold, warm or hot.
I shouldn't think it matters, Raiderse!

Adjusting balancer chain tension involves loosening idler shaft lever hold-down bolt, permitting spring tension (if any) to torque the eccentric idler shaft (consequently removing chain slack); then, re-tightening the hold-down bolt to retain the chain tension gained. No significant thermal component in the procedure, as far as I can see.

(My opinion only; corrections and clarifications welcomed! )
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Kawasaki recommends adjustment at every oil change. So for me the engine starts off warm and when it gets to Doo adjust time it has cooled done. Like Damocles said it shouldn't matter.

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Kawasaki recommends adjustment at every oil change. So for me the engine starts off warm and when it gets to Doo adjust time it has cooled done. Like Damocles said it shouldn't matter.
I have a 2011 and my owner's manual maintenance chart indicates 7500 mi.
my bike has 1400 miles on it . If it is every oil change i better adjust it.
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I've thought about it but never touched it. How do we go about adjusting it? Thanks

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I have a 2011 and my owner's manual maintenance chart indicates 7500 mi.
my bike has 1400 miles on it . If it is every oil change i better adjust it.
Your bike, but . . . isn't 7500 miles the recommended oil change interval in the Owner's Manual?

Unless there's as Jerry Lee Lewis might say, "A Whole Lot Of Shakin' Goin' On," I doubt an adjustment is necessary at 1400 miles, but . . . that's only my opinion!

Performed properly (don't OVERTIGHTEN the hold-down bolt), won't hurt anything, I reckon.
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Your bike, but . . . isn't 7500 miles the recommended oil change interval in the Owner's Manual?

Unless there's as Jerry Lee Lewis might say, "A Whole Lot Of Shakin' Goin' On," I doubt an adjustment is necessary at 1400 miles, but . . . that's only my opinion!

Performed properly (don't OVERTIGHTEN the hold-down bolt), won't hurt anything, I reckon.
Ok, Got it. I never looked at the oil change interval in the owners manual. I changed my oil twice already and will change around 1500 mi . Im wild about oil changes...lol so i should wait. what i do hear is the left side around the balancer chain makes like a chugging noise when the engine is warmed up.
might be normal for the KLR650 its my first one.
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I've thought about it but never touched it. How do we go about adjusting it? Thanks
from what I have read about it you just remove the rubber plug left side under round section of engine case in front of your shift lever. then you use an 8 mm socket and loosen the lock bolt about 1/2 to 1 turn then re-torque to 69in ibs.
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