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post #1 of 18 Old 07-06-2015, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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doohickey problem? on a 2015?

I'm wondering if I need to address the doohickey issue on my brand new 2015 klr650. I am hoping it's not an issue with the 2015 models.
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-06-2015, 02:23 PM
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Grenading of doohickeys, sometimes with horrendous collateral damage, appear essentially a thing-of-the-past, since the doohickey was upgraded with the 2008 model release.

Spring tension issues, however, have surfaced since then.

In my opinion, the Eagle Mike "torsion" spring design is far superior to the OEM design-and-materials scheme.

You may want to run your warranty before you modify; not that upgrading with an aftermarket doohickey voids a warranty; rather . . . the warranty umbrella takes some pressure off you for performing any immediate doohickey modification.

My opinion only; conflicting ones likely, and welcome!
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Thanks a lot that was a fast response! I wonder if there's really much I need to do for my 2015; maybe just some gaurds here and there and a skid plate...everyone please tell me what you'd do with your 2015 klr650! !!!
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Definitely the skid plate. I just got my '09 a couple of months ago, and the first trip into the woods, my stock plastic plate got cracked by a log. I've been checking out the different plates, and am leaning toward the Happy Trails one.

I'd like to eventually get the crash bars, and a taller windshield ... and will probably get more aggressive tires after I wear out the dual sport tires that are on it.
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post #5 of 18 Old 07-07-2015, 06:45 AM
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Keep the oil changed. Keep it full of antifreeze, and Just ride the crap out of it.
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post #6 of 18 Old 07-07-2015, 03:35 PM
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I'm wondering if I need to address the doohickey issue on my brand new 2015 klr650. I am hoping it's not an issue with the 2015 models.
I own a 2015 KLR and at 2100 miles replaced the OEM doohickey and spring with an Eagle Mike doohickey and torsion spring. My stock spring still had tension and the the factory KLR doohickey from '08 on is pretty stout. You can ride your new bike and probably not be worried about replacing the doohickey until 6000-7000 miles.

I currently have 2800 miles on the bike and at 3000 miles will be replacing the oil/filter, the rear tire, and greasing all of the rear suspension/shock/swing arm pivot points while the wheel is out. The front steering stems bearings will be greased when the front tire is replaced.

Check the oil level every time you ride or gas up....I have not added any oil to this KLR like KLRs owned in the past.
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Ride it!!!!!

I did a ton of stuff to my '09, but nothing was hurry up necessary.
Did the doohickey, opened the intake and exhaust a bit which also meant
richening the mix for the higher airflow.

These are great bikes and the best selling m/c on the planet for a reason.
Although more bikes will come and go, they always do, the KLR is my main
ride and lifetime scooter, period.

Have fun, and welcome to our sometimes humble forum,
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I have about 13k on my 08 and haven't done the doo or adjusted it. I still have the stock skid plate but I don't do any extreme riding with the KLR.
I would lube the big swingarm bolt soon. I read about it here and finally decided to tap it out halfway and lube the shaft on one side and the hole on the other side. It was a bear to remove the first time because it was rusted in.
A year later I decided to check it out again and it slid right out. So I lubed it again.
Check your fluid levels and your bolts to make sure the MC shop put everything together right.

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I run Trax side cases and they cost a bunch but my 2011 bike wouldn't be the same without them. It is a genuine sport utility bike and the best bagger I ever had and the shape looks great on the bike. My off roading is limited to turning around in the back yard so if your on pavement a lot I can recommend a gearing be done too.
Good luck with it.
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I run Trax side cases and they cost a bunch but my 2011 bike wouldn't be the same without them. It is a genuine sport utility bike and the best bagger I ever had and the shape looks great on the bike. My off roading is limited to turning around in the back yard so if your on pavement a lot I can recommend a gearing be done too.
Good luck with it.
What do you mean by "gearing" be done too?

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