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post #1 of 29 Old 05-23-2016, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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When to adjust the Doohicky

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Turned over 1100 mi this weekend on the new bike. Adjusted the chain, clutch cable and changed the oil and filter. Got to wondering, when should I make adjustments on the doohickey? I saw something that said 7500 mi, but just want a little more info. Thanks...
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Every oil change.

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Gang,
Turned over 1100 mi this weekend on the new bike. Adjusted the chain, clutch cable and changed the oil and filter. Got to wondering, when should I make adjustments on the doohickey? I saw something that said 7500 mi, but just want a little more info. Thanks...
And the sooner you change the doohickey, the better.

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I know there are lots of discussion on the Doo Hickey, I am a new KLR owner here so be gentle, when you change the doo hickey do I need to purchase the torsion spring kit also?

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC has an Eagle Mfg. Doohickey - Balancer Idle Lever & Spring Upgrade that comes with two springs.

Which one to use?

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I know there are lots of discussion on the Doo Hickey, I am a new KLR owner here so be gentle, when you change the doo hickey do I need to purchase the torsion spring kit also?

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC has an Eagle Mfg. Doohickey - Balancer Idle Lever & Spring Upgrade that comes with two springs.

Which one to use?

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You have to get the Balancer Idle Lever & Spring Upgrade AND the Torsion Spring. The two coil springs are not used. My guess is no one ever updated the pictures. It is confusing. I went down the same road during my inception. Look a the Studebaker doo as a quality option too.

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The torsion spring is optional but recommended. The coil springs will work but eventually you may have to change them as they will stretch. The torsion spring doesn't have that problem. When I did mine the torsion spring was not yet an option. I used the longer of the two springs to start. I have a torsion spring on hand but have been too lazy to take it apart just to install it. So far the coil spring still seems to be doing it's job.

Personally I don't recommend to buy the Studebaker Doo as it is basically a knock off product using Eagle Mikes engineering. Buy the Eagle Mike unit and support a guy that supports us.

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Not contradicting you at all, klr4evr; however, the origin/genesis of the aftermarket doohickey remains rather complex; even controversial.

VATrader did some research on the subject; posted on this website, IIRC.

Regardless, I quite agree the Eagle Mike torsion spring appears superior to the coil springs; OEM or aftermarket.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Eagle Mike doohickey and torsion spring installed on my Generation 1 KLR650.
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I not getting into a pissing match about which doo to use; frankly I don't care which one anyone uses. The Studebaker 6AS is just as good or probably better than the rest.

Nuff said for me.

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I shopped Eagle Mike, Studebaker, and Rocky Mountain.
Best deal and easiest deal is Eagle Mike's kit that provides all the special tools and parts for a one low price.

Best option I think.
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