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post #1 of 15 Old 06-30-2008, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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What is the "Doo Hickey"???

What is the doo hickey? What's it for? Why is it such a problem?

I just bought a new 2008 Saturday (June 28, 2008). Should I be worried? Should I change it? If so, is it difficult (I am certainly no mechanic).
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-30-2008, 09:54 PM
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http://leftcoastklrs.com/balancer_lever_upgrade.htm

http://klr6500.tripod.com/doohickey.htm

The two links above should answer the majority of your questions.

08's have been known to have broken doo springs and the doo itself, even tho Kawasaki did improve the doo it is still prudent to upgrade if your going to be into it that far anyway. It is not extremely difficult if you know the basics of wrenching and follow the above procedures step by step. The proper tools are of utmost importance too. There is currently a flywheel remover and flywheel wrench for auction on EBay. These are must haves.

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post #3 of 15 Old 07-02-2008, 08:50 AM
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Have nearly 4000 miles on my 08, havent had problems with any strange sounds or running rough , I bought the doo kit about a week after gettin the bike so when the time came I would have what I needed to do the job, better safe then sorry.

I used to be twice as fast and half as good, now I am twice as good and half as fast, gettin older not such a bad thing...
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I am having strange noises from my bike(started around 300 to 400 miles on bike) and have been told that it could very well be that the spring on my Doohickey is broke. I tried the adjustment procedure but to no such luck. I am ordering the kit. Does anyone have a sugestion as to were I get one. I have read that arrowhead has been taken off eagle mikes list? So I guess happy trails might have one. Thanks, Dave.

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Angry Doo hickey kit

Where did you get the kit?

This whole thing is kinda strange to me, and a little disappointing. It's strange that this "doo hickey" thing has been such a problem for such a long time. It's disappointing that Kawasaki hasn't done anything about it.

I saw a "how to" web site for changing it out, but, being the mechanically unfit guy I am, it looks complicated and scary. I just bought this bike last Saturday, and the last thing I want to do is try to change something out and screw up my bike.

I can just see myself taking my new bike apart, putting it back together, leaning back in my chair with pride that I had done something like this all by myself, only to find out 10 miles out in the middle of nowhere that I forgot to put some stupid, irrelevant-looking piece of plastic back in, and my engine is now ruined!

Aaaaaaahhhhh!
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yeah everybody I talk to feels the same way about Kawasaki not "really" fixing the problem of the doohickey. The procedure isn't super tough but is a little challenging I'm told. I am going to be replacing mine here soon as well. The good news is there are plenty of Klr riders out there that can help with your upgrade( even though one should not have to delv into ones brand new bike to replace a part that has been a problem for 20 years) but such is life and the peace of mind of replacing it will make me feel good anyways. And I know I will have a rock solid ride that will last forever. Good luck and best wishes friend. Dave
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doo hickey

Yeah, you're right about the KLR community thing. It's one of the reasons why I bought the bike. Not only is the community fairly large, but everybody I have run across has been very helpful!
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Here is the link for Eagle Mike's web page with phone number and email. Contact him personally and see what he recommends about who to purchase the doo from.

http://eagle-m-e.com/

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doo hickey

Thanks. I got his email off the website you sent me to see what he's got for the 2008s.

BTW, I saw you got a Garmin Quest GPS for your bike. I was thinking of getting a GPS for mine, but didn't know which one was best. Are you satisfied with yours? Also, what about theft? Are they easy to steal off the bike? Do you take yours off when you go inside a restaurant, store, etc.?
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I gave my GPS a good work out late this afternoon. We put a new Avon Distnazia on my buddies 05 and took off for an afternoon of tire scrubbing curves here in Central Kentucky. I am very satisfied with the Quest. I have no desire to be heading out across the United States, so it' memory limit works just fine with the High Detailed maps of my surrounding area and where we ride most. KY, TN, NC, WV, VA. I like being able to make my own routes here on the computer and then transferring them to the unit. They could be easy to steal, but I just remove mine from the mount, and put it in my pocket. I bought Screen protectors so I am not concerned about scratching the screen. It is waterproof, and the battery seems to run forever.

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