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post #1 of 51 Old 07-17-2013, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Adjust the Doohickey ??

Curiosity.......I've been dragging my feet on the doohickey replacement for a couple of reasons - one, that I'm considering selling or trading my '11 KLR and two, why not adjust it on a 2nd gen ??

I typed "klr650 doohickey adjust" into google and right near the top of returns was a YouTube video showing how to adjust it with a torque wrench. Pull the rubber plug, snug it down to 18 lb/inch and put the plug back in. 10 minutes.

On 2nd gens, catastrophic failures are pretty much unheard of, so why spend the money and time if adjustment is possible and practical ??

Thanks...........Lar.
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Hi Lar!
When I did my '11 this spring with 10k Ks on the odometer, the spring was just barely pulling on the lever. At the least, you need to see if you have any spring tension left. If not then the adjustment procedure is accomplishing nothing.
That is if you are not selling it soon.
I did the whole hog, Torsion springs, tools, gaskets, Doohickies on both my bikes but I plan on keeping them for many Kilometers!
If you plan on getting rid of yours, it isn't worth the time.
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I've heard about as much as I can stand about doohickeys. There is more info on Doohickeys on the net than anything else. If you feel confident that you don't need to do it then save yourself $40 and don't do it. Your bike after all. By the time Doohickey questions are posted the poster has already made up his mind about what he is going to do. Just looking for confirmation or someone to talk him out of it I think.

Catastrophic failures on Gen 2's being non-existent. I'm in a small geographical area population wise and I know of at least one and it happened to a local guy in Mexico.

Okay sorry about my rant. I'm tired of

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Easy Brother! Its all good. We all need a little coaching from time to time. Even when we know what the right thing is.
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I've heard about as much as I can stand about doohickeys. There is more info on Doohickeys on the net than anything else. If you feel confident that you don't need to do it then save yourself $40 and don't do it. Your bike after all. By the time Doohickey questions are posted the poster has already made up his mind about what he is going to do. Just looking for confirmation or someone to talk him out of it I think.

Catastrophic failures on Gen 2's being non-existent. I'm in a small geographical area population wise and I know of at least one and it happened to a local guy in Mexico.

Okay sorry about my rant. I'm tired of

and I've had a bad day.
I totally agree with you. While biglar may not be a troll, per se, his post was definitely troll-like and if he is the senior member his title purports to be, he knew good and well what response that genius comment would bring.

I'd say just ignore those types of posts...or vent away of you must.

What should bring a smile to your face are those KLRs for sale for $1500 with catastrophic Doo failures. In retrospect, $40 would have been a bargain.
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I totally agree with you. While biglar may not be a troll, per se, his post was definitely troll-like and if he is the senior member his title purports to be, he knew good and well what response that genius comment would bring.

I'd say just ignore those types of posts...or vent away of you must.

What should bring a smile to your face are those KLRs for sale for $1500 with catastrophic Doo failures. In retrospect, $40 would have been a bargain.
If you can direct me to where you have seen these bikes for sale, I wouldn't mind getting a parts bike Dan. Especially if you can direct me to a Gen 2 with a catastrophic doo failure.
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If you can direct me to where you have seen these bikes for sale, I wouldn't mind getting a parts bike Dan. Especially if you can direct me to a Gen 2 with a catastrophic doo failure.
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Jeff, I guess you haven't been following this. My mistake, it's only $1400.

The name of the thread is "Doohickey Blues" and you can find it here: http://www.klr650.net/forums/

The $1500 KLR withe the busted Doo is here: Just saw an ad on CL for a cheap KLR: " ran great until the doohickey broke." Quite the internet myth.

http://duluth.craigslist.org/mcy/3903941592.html

I checked with the seller: This bike had about 25,000 miles before the Doo failure.

I don't know how to put this but I'm kind of a big deal.
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Mine had slightly more tension on it but was at 10000k/6200m. There would not have been enough tension to adjust the lever. Not wanting any surprises or a two week wait to ship parts in I bought the doo as well as the torsion spring tools and gaskets.
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I cant remember who posted it but they said doing the doohickey is "a rite of passage". I had to smile at that one. It gets a lot of press because if it does let loose it causes catastrophic damage and if at speed can kill you. I relate it to the timing belt on the new cars, WTF happened to chains? If you don't replace your timing belt at that miraculous mileage of 60K it will break next week, destroying your top end. It is the result that makes these scenarios so scary.
It is not a big job, nor an expensive one and it can give you peace of mind and you get to "bond" with your bike.

Just doo it.
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