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post #1 of 22 Old 05-04-2012, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone. New guy here. I picked up my 2012 yesterday and went out for a lunch ride today. I'm impressed with how stable it is on the freeway and it has more power than I expected. This is a lot of bike for the money.

I tried to keep the RPMs below 4,000 but I got close to 5,000 a couple of times. I've been accelerating/decelerating a bunch and was pretty good about making sure the RPMs were not constant.

I've been reading about the endless mods everyone does to their bikes. Does anyone have a concise list for a 2012? I read somewhere that the doohickey is not necessary after 2008? And the 22 cent mod? What would a guy put on his short list for modding a 2012?
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post #2 of 22 Old 05-04-2012, 06:07 PM
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I have a 2008 and I'm sorry my friend but the Doohickey will still have to be done. It has been improved but is not perfect. I had 15000km on my bike and did the Doo a few weeks back and there was barely any tension on it at all. So yes the Doo is still a must do but ya don't have to worry about it right away. I did the 22 cent mod aswell and that my friend was the best mod by far for bang for your buck. It's very easy to do and has a great difference in the throttle response. There is a endless amount of mods to do to that bike. I'm in Alberta Canada and a pair if Oxford heated grips are great aswell. Another great mod to do but will run you around 6-800 bucks it crash guards if you plan on going off road. If you can swing it, get them soon. If you dump your bike with out em and happen to bust a rad cover it's close to 200 and hopefully ya don't hit the rad, that's another 700. The back guards are less expensive but great for hooking up luggage on. The plastic skid plate won't last so long either so that another upgrade included in the price. Lots of varieties of crash guards front and rear aswell as Engin gaurds and skid plates.

Well that's just a start . There are tons on mods for it and this site is fantastic to learn all about them. Plus good old you tube helps alot to.

Enjoy the bike!


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I have a 2008 and I'm sorry my friend but the Doohickey will still have to be done. It has been improved but is not perfect. I had 15000km on my bike and did the Doo a few weeks back and there was barely any tension on it at all. So yes the Doo is still a must do but ya don't have to worry about it right away. I did the 22 cent mod aswell and that my friend was the best mod by far for bang for your buck. It's very easy to do and has a great difference in the throttle response. There is a endless amount of mods to do to that bike. I'm in Alberta Canada and a pair if Oxford heated grips are great aswell. Another great mod to do but will run you around 6-800 bucks it crash guards if you plan on going off road. If you can swing it, get them soon. If you dump your bike with out em and happen to bust a rad cover it's close to 200 and hopefully ya don't hit the rad, that's another 700. The back guards are less expensive but great for hooking up luggage on. The plastic skid plate won't last so long either so that another upgrade included in the price. Lots of varieties of crash guards front and rear aswell as Engin gaurds and skid plates.

Well that's just a start . There are tons on mods for it and this site is fantastic to learn all about them. Plus good old you tube helps alot to.

Enjoy the bike!


Cheers, Nick
Thanks for the reply. I'll plan on doing the doohickey then. I youtubed the 22cent mod and found info on drilling out a needle and another where they inserted a pcv valve in a breather tube. Which one is it? Sorry I'm asking such basic questions but with all the conflicting info on the interweb, it's nice to hear from actual riders. Thanks for the help.
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I have a 2008 and I'm sorry my friend but the Doohickey will still have to be done. It has been improved but is not perfect. I had 15000km on my bike and did the Doo a few weeks back and there was barely any tension on it at all. So yes the Doo is still a must do but ya don't have to worry about it right away. I did the 22 cent mod aswell and that my friend was the best mod by far for bang for your buck. It's very easy to do and has a great difference in the throttle response. There is a endless amount of mods to do to that bike. I'm in Alberta Canada and a pair if Oxford heated grips are great aswell. Another great mod to do but will run you around 6-800 bucks it crash guards if you plan on going off road. If you can swing it, get them soon. If you dump your bike with out em and happen to bust a rad cover it's close to 200 and hopefully ya don't hit the rad, that's another 700. The back guards are less expensive but great for hooking up luggage on. The plastic skid plate won't last so long either so that another upgrade included in the price. Lots of varieties of crash guards front and rear aswell as Engin gaurds and skid plates.

Well that's just a start . There are tons on mods for it and this site is fantastic to learn all about them. Plus good old you tube helps alot to.

Enjoy the bike!


Cheers, Nick
Nick, I'm just 220 miles ahead of the OP on my 2012. How about some definitions on your recommendations on the Doo and the .22 mod. And why they need to be done. Sorry if this is repetitive, but us newbys need some help with the verbiage! Thanks.

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I ain't sure the doohickey needs replacement on 2008 and later KLR650's.

While I realize the notion that the revised idler shaft lever is a durable and reliable part is controversial, threatening belief systems, suggesting heresy and perhaps blasphemy, here's my rationale:

I know of no latter-day doohickey failure in five years of production (2008-2012). Apparently, this "ticking time bomb" ticks for a long time, and--very slowly!

Spring tension? A separate issue from the doohickey (my distinction).

Granted, the OEM doohickey's shaft fit isn't as tight as the aftermarket model's, but . . . what's the consequence? Any catastrophic failures traceable to the shaft fit?

Your bike; replace the doohickey if the Internet admonitions appear compelling to you, but . . . I know of no catastrophic doohickey-related failures since the 2008 models (although one "cracked" late-model doohickey is said to exist).

Again, spring tension bears watching, but . . . maybe, just maybe, with five years of maintenance history without failures, the revised doohickey appears reliable and durable.
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post #6 of 22 Old 05-04-2012, 08:58 PM
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I've been reading about the endless mods everyone does to their bikes. Does anyone have a concise list for a 2012? I read somewhere that the doohickey is not necessary after 2008? And the 22 cent mod? What would a guy put on his short list for modding a 2012?
You need to see this:
http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=12596
Good luck and, most imortant, have fun.
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Well all you do for the 22 cent mod is get a 7/64 drill bit and drill out the hole beside the centre hole of the jet. It's known as the slide hole. Then stick 1 or 2 #4 washers on the jet and put it back together. The 1 or 2 washer thing depends on the thickness if the washer. If you use 2 washers it should be under 0.050 think for both. I used just 1 washer as my washer measured 0.30 so if I used 2 it would be to thick. Then after ya go drill out the cap on anther jet and tighten it soft then back it out 2.5 turns. That's the basics of it. Ya don't have to take the carb off. There is some very detailed you tube videos on this.

As for the PCV valve mod I did that aswell and from what I hear it's not worth doing. The reason behind it was the 2008 KLR burns oil so this was supposed to help. I just did it and waiting to see the results. It's only been done a few weeks ago. It's like 8 bucks to do this mod. With a 2012 I don't think I would bother with it. Your bike shouldn't have that problem. Use you tube and watch a few different videos on the 22 cent mod. It's easy and well worth it.


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As for the Doo I wouldn't worry to much about it yet. As it starts getting bad you can hear the motor getting louder from the chain. Mine was do. It is quiet again. But your bike is new still so I would t worry about it anytime soon. Ya don't have to do anything at all to the bike really. They are great out of the box. But if you are itching to do a mod do the .22 cent mod. It's way worth it. Really wakes the bike up


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2011 here, did the doo at 3100 miles. My spring was too long. Didn't have any issues until I adjusted it. Ride for awhile, the spring sucks but it shouldn't self destruct on you like some other sites may try to make you believe. Welcome to the forum, you picked a great bike, it's a lot a fun


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here is a good link for the 22 cent mod
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