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post #1 of 15 Old 01-04-2011, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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I just had the Doo done on my 09 with only 3500 miles and the spring was just hanging off the lever. It wasn't connected to the post at all. It wasn't broken, just not connected. Whew! Kinda weird that such a new bike would have a problem like this.

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post #2 of 15 Old 01-05-2011, 02:30 AM
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Sadly, does not surprise me. Now you should be good to go!




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post #3 of 15 Old 01-05-2011, 03:28 AM
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Mine was loose but connected at 1244 miles.

Very happy with the Eagle Mike unit thus far at 5k.....

Still I don't even trust the whole concept. Gear-Driven
would be nice from the factory engine.

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This is my son, with whom I am well pleased." ----God
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post #4 of 15 Old 01-05-2011, 09:22 AM
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Just replaced the spring on my Eagle Mike Doo with the torsion spring, hopefully I don't have to worry about this problem any more........
Time will tell. My bike is a 1998 model with 40,000 miles on it.

Running strong and seems to be more quiet with the torsion spring. I also did the sub frame bolt kit, installed a EM fork brace and changed the oil using Rotella. These were my christmas presents to the KLR.

Ready for the season to start. I did manage a 100 mile ride last Friday - it was a balmy 50 degree's here.

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post #5 of 15 Old 01-05-2011, 02:53 PM
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I've been reading this forum for several months now (I bought an '07 KLR with 1000 miles on it in October) and from reading all the posts about the doohickey, I figured I'd have to take care of it sooner or later.

The strange things is, I've asked 2 or 3 local shops about the importance of it and they don't seem to see it. One of them even made a comment about all the folks on the internet forums making a big deal out of it when it's not. I still plan on doing it just for peace of mind, regardless of how critical it is.... so ... thanks for the constant reminders!
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post #6 of 15 Old 01-05-2011, 03:58 PM
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I've been reading this forum for several months now (I bought an '07 KLR with 1000 miles on it in October) and from reading all the posts about the doohickey, I figured I'd have to take care of it sooner or later.

The strange things is, I've asked 2 or 3 local shops about the importance of it and they don't seem to see it. One of them even made a comment about all the folks on the internet forums making a big deal out of it when it's not. I still plan on doing it just for peace of mind, regardless of how critical it is.... so ... thanks for the constant reminders!

Yea it was largely unknown before the internet. Probably even now the majority of KLRs are running the stock doo that has never been adjusted. The owners manual doesn't mention it.

I remember reading that Eagle Mike estimated that there's a 20% failure rate of the stock system.

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post #7 of 15 Old 01-05-2011, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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A friend bought an 09 with 3400 miles on it about 2 days before I got mine and his had a broken spring in there. Thats 2 09's with similiar mileage and doohickey spring issues that I know of. I guess the doohickey itself was upgraded on the 08+ models but they used the same weak spring.

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post #8 of 15 Old 01-05-2011, 05:24 PM
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If you look at a few pictures of the after-math of the chain letting go or running slack. I'd consider the upgrade EM Doo and spring - money well spent.

I don't want that in the back of my mind - ever time and every where that I ride.

just my 2cents worth.
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post #9 of 15 Old 01-09-2011, 08:51 AM
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the doo

I have a 09 650 that i just bought in october should I do the doo or put some miles on it first.Forgot to mention that it was a leftover so it has no miles on it to speak of,only 29 so far waiting for spring to ride.
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post #10 of 15 Old 01-09-2011, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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I'd put it on the priority list. I've seen two 09's with less than 3500 miles on them and they both had broken doohickey springs.

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