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post #21 of 80 Old 10-13-2010, 02:50 PM
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This fuel tank venting cleans up a lot of problems for me as well mid rang surg at highway speeds.... Wish I did that before the other mods everything you do is to over come a lean condition... Get the fuel to the carb first and work from there....But like everyone else I thought Kawaski had that one covered....Just more fun of a KLR the tinker toy you can ride, still wouldn't trade it for a Harley
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post #22 of 80 Old 01-09-2011, 06:22 PM
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Draft, The "new"doo isn't supposed to have issues, but isn't perfected yet
from what I've gathered so far. I'm leaving mine as-is since mine's an '09 bought
this past April. It'll get upgraded before 20,000 miles but for a few seasons no
worries. There's been posts on this site about them mainly working fine but have weak
tension on the stock spring. No one has suffered a catastrophic failure as of yet.

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I've read lots of people replacing the Doo in almost new '09's ('08+) and they had no spring left. It's worth replacing asap with an EM Doo and Torsion Spring.
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post #23 of 80 Old 05-01-2011, 04:04 AM
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Talking What broke now

I've been reading on another site about subframes breaking, anyone have a problem, if so where do they break and is there a mod to up grade...Does this happen with hardcore off roading or with over loading the bike like do sometimes?? No problem so far on my 09 just though I would take care of it when I do the doo.. pictures would great...Thanks
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post #24 of 80 Old 05-01-2011, 08:36 PM
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Eagle Mike makes a sub frame upgrade. It's the only one to use, not any of the copies.
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post #25 of 80 Old 05-01-2011, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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The subframe upgrade consists of a bigger bolt for the main frame connection, under the seat.. You drill out the holes to allow for a larger, harder bolt..
You also replace the lower bolts with stronger bolts..

I've read of a few people breaking these.. I replaced mine at about 10K miles, since I often ride with weighted down saddlebags on less than perfect roads..

It's a cheap upgrade, and if you were to break the subframe bolts, it could be dangerous..
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Paper, correct me if I'm wrong, but the Gen2 bolts are heftier, yeah? Not dissing or promoting the mod, just curious if I'm right.




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Paper, correct me if I'm wrong, but the Gen2 bolts are heftier, yeah? Not dissing or promoting the mod, just curious if I'm right.

Beats me.. Is that one of the upgrades they did when they went to the Gen 2 bikes??? I seriously don't know..
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I'm pretty sure it was....




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I'm pretty sure it was....
While they may have improved it in the '08+ (I don't know for sure), the Eagle Mike upgrade is still better because it's a total drill through with a better bolt as well, not just two smaller bolts. It's just like Kawi improved the doohickey with the '08+ but the EM version is still better plus the OEM spring often has little or poor tension even after a short period of time. The EM torsion spring is superior as is the EM Doohickey. Kawi just won't learn and actually fix things totally, not just half-heartedly.
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Eagle Mike makes a sub frame upgrade. It's the only one to use, not any of the copies.
Better advice would be to be diligent on maintenance. The frame will fail before a stock 10.9 bolt, PROPERLY TORQUED, will shear. For piece of mind, Allen headed, stainless steel 12.9 bolts, washers and nuts can be had at most ACE hardware stores for less than the shipping on any magic sub frame bolt kit.

This sub frame bolt failure / solution was an issue on the Gen I bikes. I do check the torque on my sub frame bolts. Having found more than one bolt much looser than spec'd more than once, I upgraded to 12.9 bolts. Blue locktite will solve a lot of this, but achieving critical proper torque while using locktite is questionable. This was on a Gen I bike. I am not aware of any confirmed, properly torqued sub frame bolt failures on the Gen II bikes.
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