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post #1 of 14 Old 05-21-2020, 05:45 AM Thread Starter
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Doo Hickey tool loan and Hampton Roads area riders?

Good morning from Eastern Virginia. I purchased a 2008 KLR a couple of years back (garage queen with under 500 miles on the clock when I got her). I'm getting ready to dig into her now that I've got some miles on the motor and want to do the Doo whil I've got her undressed. Is anyone willing to loan or sell their tools? I can pay for shipping or throw a check to reimburse the sender when I return the tools...whatever works.

Also, off topic, if there is anyone in the Hampton Roads area, I'm looking for people to ride with that know the area. I'd like to build some off road skills (I'm new adventure motorcycling although I've been riding for decades) but I don't have any idea where I can ride around here. Figure finding a riding buddy who knows the area is better than dealing with cops for trespassing.

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-21-2020, 09:07 AM
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If you dont find anyone closer that can let you use theirs, I will ship you what i use and you can just ship it back when done.

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post #3 of 14 Old 05-21-2020, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks SRE. I decided to just bite the bullet and get the tools. After I'm done I'll just add them to the list of tools I'll never use again or list them for sale at a reasonable price. Looking at the cost of the tools, it was only a couple dollars more than round trip priority shipping to buy the tools. Didn't make sense to ship them. Such is the life of a motorcycle owner I guess. Did the same thing with a synchronizer for the Concours throttle bodies. Installed vacuum lines while I did the valve job and then purchased a synchronizer and 90 deg screwdriver from Carbtune in England. Wouldn't you know it though...I connect the synchronizer, warm up the bike, and all the throttle bodies are balanced... Oh well.
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post #4 of 14 Old 05-21-2020, 10:17 AM
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Just askin':

Whatever happened to the doohickey tools in the custom-made box sent forth to the four winds by KLR riders in relay?

The thing, "got around," as the Beach Boys once sang; haven't heard about the doohickey tool transfer mentioned in quite some time.

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The last I saw, it got to some place that it was headed. Then there was no news.

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post #6 of 14 Old 05-21-2020, 04:05 PM
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"Garage Queen" and KLR...Beer out my nose!
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post #7 of 14 Old 05-21-2020, 04:36 PM
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"Garage Queen" and KLR...Beer out my nose!
You have the doohickey tools?

“You better put down that gun. You got two ways to go, put it down or use it. Even if you tie me, you’re gonna be dead.” "John Russell" (Paul Newman), Hombre
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post #8 of 14 Old 05-21-2020, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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"Garage Queen" and KLR...Beer out my nose!
Not sure what else to call it... She was a 2008 with 490ish miles on the clock in 2017 when she came to be mine. PO said that he purchased it with the intention of riding trails but never found the time and he was too afraid to drive a motorcycle on the road... Whatever. He had put on Happy Trails crash bars and highway pegs (not sure why you'd need highway pegs for trail riding), upgraded skid plate (also probably Happy Trails), and a K&N filter. I'm assuming that he never did the doohickey although I'll be very disappointed if I open her up and find it already done. Definitely did not have the Thermo Bob done so I'll knock that out while I have the plastics off. I've already jetted the carb, replaced the stock exhaust with a Lexx, and added Tusk pannier racks on which I mount either a set of the Tusk panniers or a pair of HF Pelican cases. The HF cases have Tusk mounting hardware so I can just go back an forth depending on my mood. The plastic side fairings are pretty badly scratched from his inept attempt to remove stickers. I'm going to strip them down, fix the scratches (high build primer?) and then repaint gloss black with a topcoat of 2K clear. Thinking about making the silver some other color as well and removing the stupid red graphics on the side of the tank. I mentioned in another post that I'm thinking of going gloss tan like the late model tundras (Quicksand is what they call it) and then paint the crash bars tan to match. Custom black and tan KLR! At the end of the day it's a KLR so it's not like I'm ruining the value.
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post #9 of 14 Old 05-22-2020, 10:02 AM
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I use an electric engraver to write "EM Doo & T Spring DONE" on the beveled area above the doo locking bolt, when done.

You might consider going back to the oiled foam air filter & frame, rather than the K&N. The steel end cap actually reduces air flow & the small overall size tends to clog quicker than oiled foam. Some say the K&N also passes slightly larger fine particulates than properly oiled foam.

Are you aware of the 'Deep Hole' in the lower starter reduction gear bushing in the outer cover? EM supplies the proper spacer when Doo is ordered for 08-09 models.

And Welcome to the Forum.

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post #10 of 14 Old 05-22-2020, 04:36 PM
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You have the doohickey tools?

I do have Doohickey tools, the one I purchased.
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