Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Port Orchard, WA
Thanks so much for the link references. That superdoo one is excellent. I've heard and read about the doo-hickey issue since I've heard, read about and seen KLRs. In the superdoo, reference, the author brings up the general discussions on whether or not it is a real issue and a necessary or good to have modification. One look at that slack and useless tension spring can make one a believer. With that said, before Cliff, long time owner of Cliff's Powersports in Bremerton and a volume Kawasaki dealer, passed away I once asked him if he thought the upgrade was necessary. His response was that he could not recall ever seeing a KLR damaged by that failure but he understood the issue and many customers either had him do the upgrade or did it themselves.
When I consider Kawasaki's negligence in building a bike with this weakness, I am reminded of Harley Davidson's Twin Cam, cam chain tensioners that was a ticking time bomb in the early TC models. Harley eventually fixed the problem by replacing the spring tensioners with hydraulic but the damage had been done. Having had a number of Harleys over the years, I knew of several owners who had their engines grenade at under 20,000 miles. When I sold my 2001 Super Glide to my cousin, I warned him repeatedly that he needed to take address the cam chain tensioner issue. I went on a bit. The point is that Kawasaki is not the only manufacturer guilty of this type of negligence.
BACK TO KLRs. If I cannot get to the original owner of my 08, I'll open it up in the fall when I change the oil.
Show a man a road, and he'll want to travel down it-James Michener