Hey Shadow. I hope this doesn't sound condescending in any way. It is not meant that way. Up until I got my 08 KLR, I took my bikes to the shop if they needed work other than REAL basic maintenance. I went to a tech day and was "guided" through the process of dooing my doo. Scared. Since then, I have done a lot of work (with a lot of help) on my bike. I have always considered myself mechanically jinxed, but I was only inexperienced. I would consider finding a tech day or someone near(ish) you who knows how to do it...there's someone, trust me. Do it yourself with their guidance. The KLR is a fun machine to work on. And pretty simple when you get down to it. I was once very afraid. Dooing my doo scared me shitless (ask MarkB4 if you don't believe me). But I'm really glad I did it. I'm about to do my valves too, and scared shitless. But someone will help me. And it will get done right.
A shop will charge you two or three hundred I would guess. I would use an independent shop or put an ad on craigslist if you choose to ignore the self righteous rant above. If the "Kawasaki Mechanics" are the same everywhere, I wouldn't let them repair my footstool.
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2008 KLR 650
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