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post #1 of 3 Old 07-13-2009, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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another doo hickey question

After reading lots of the doo hickey comments and downloading the instructions on how to change it, I dont think I want to attempt it (time to do it and real bad luck fixing stuff).
Has anyone hired it done and what was the cost?
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-13-2009, 07:31 PM
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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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post #3 of 3 Old 07-13-2009, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Lockjaw, no insult taken, its not so much fear of trying its the 16 trips to the kawaski dealer for the broken bolts, gaskets, and missing parts that will start to get on my nerves. mabey Ill wait till the warrenty is off and see if theres any tech day near southwest michigan. Thanks
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