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post #1 of 10 Old 10-24-2007, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hello All,
I am new to posting on this community but have been entertained and educated by the threads since I got my 07 black and silver in April. A question I have is the doo hickey. I was told by the dealer that the doohickey was a problem on the older KLR models but has been since corrected by Kawa over the past couple of years. He told me not to buy the doo hickey stuff as it is a moot point. Also he says the manuf of the product maintains that the problem still exists, but only for his gain. Anyone else heard this?

Another question, anyone recommend a custom exhaust beyond Jardine? (sold out on KLR650.com and I prefer recommendations on things beyond just what they sell).
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-24-2007, 05:29 PM
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Just do a google on KLR doohickey and then take a look at all the broken springs and levers and decide for yourself if it is all hooey. I purchase my 07 in April also and changed my doohickey, no mine was not broken, but now I do not have that nagging worry in the back of my mind. I can tell you from seeing the factory lever and the upgrade that there is a huge difference in quality. The factory levers tend to have some play and the springs are weak. My buddies 05 spring was broken at 4000 miles and to be honest it had been broken quite awhile before that, the break was not fresh. Mine and everyone elses opinion here is to change them even on the new 08's because even tho the lever has been updated on the 08's they are still using the same weak springs. It's a two hour job well worth doing. Also Mike has come up with a torsion spring that replaces the standard spiral spring, and I think the design will all but eliminate any issues of spring breaks. You can see the new type of spring at arrowheadmotorsports.com.

Here is the link for the procedure altho you may have already seen it by now.

http://klr6500.tripod.com/doohickey.htm

This link is by Eagle Mike the gentleman that came up with the doohickey replacement:
http://leftcoastklrs.com/balancer_lever_upgrade.htm

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post #3 of 10 Old 10-24-2007, 05:55 PM
 
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When I cheched mine at 3000 miles,my spring was broken.Who knows how long it was broken,and where the other part of the spring is.
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-24-2007, 06:00 PM
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We never did find the end of my buddies, more than likely it is in the bottom of the oil pan, or caught in the oil screen. We're hoping it was flushed out during an oil change from the PO. We are going to clean both of our oil screens this winter. That also seems to be something that needs to be done to clear the screen of the pieces of gasket sealant that is used during assembly.

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post #5 of 10 Old 10-24-2007, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks DXKLR, I have been researching since I started my thread and it seems the believers in the doo hickey issue have well thought out reasons for replacement, while the dealers appear to just blankly deny it. Out of curioustiy, since we have the same year, did you notice any improvements in any vibrating, etc, or was it just something you wanted to fix right away before encountering any issues?
by the way, I wasn't trying to imply that the manufacturer (EagleMike) was scamming anyone, just to see what the forum thought about my dealer's statement. It appears EagleMike is a large provider of insight to the KLR community.
Also, anyone know about the Whitebrother's XCR exhaust?
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-24-2007, 07:40 PM
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It was something I wanted to fix and not worry about, I really couldn't tell much difference in my bike as far as vibration, buy my buddies bike had some reduced vibs with his change. I wasn't inferring that you thought Mike was scamming anyone, I was just simply referrencing him for the item. Most dealers will tell you it is a non issue, cause then if they did Kawasaki would have to admit there was an issue and have to recall the bikes to fix them and that just isn't going to happen. my two cents!!

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post #7 of 10 Old 10-24-2007, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Right on, yeah I was qualifying my first post, and I was not inferring that you were infering that I was.... we could go on and on,
Anyway, I am going to check out a tech day and go ahead and replace the doo (among other things), I like peace of mind myself.
I appreciate your input and good riding!
btw a brand new BMW M5 smoked me the other day, but I didn't know we were racing. He probaly should not be too impressed with himself anyway, maybe if I had a Gixxer, but then again he would not have been in front
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-25-2007, 06:13 AM
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I think the only way you'd notice a difference between the stock and aftermarket Doo is if your stock one, or the spring, is broken and your chain is stretched.

The replacement Doo isn't a performance item, but a replacement part that is MUCH stronger than the factory part, which has failed time and time again.

My buddy and I replaced ours, and both were fine. I then helped a few other people at a DooHickey replacement "gathering" (excuse to camp and drink beer) and 3 out of the 4 bikes had issues. 2 broken factory springs and 1 broken Doo.. Of the broken stuff, 1 was a 2006 and 1 was a 2007, so the dealer's BS about later bikes is complete bull.

The 2008 Doo is a different design, but from what I've been told, the spring's the same, and it's the reason for over half of the failures.

As mentioned, it's a $40 peace of mind issue.. Do it and you don't have to worry about it.

Also, you'll not find a guy who supports his product more than Eagle Mike. His phone number is in the kit and he answers ALL questions and will walk you through any issue.. Fantastic person!!!
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-26-2007, 09:20 PM
 
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Just tore mine down today, doohickey in good shape, spring broke at crankcase mount, making doohickey worthless anyway. I don't care if it is made of gold now, change it, if the springs can go why would they change the rest. Japanese probably buying springs from Chinese.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-26-2007, 10:04 PM
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From what Eagle Mike has said, and what I know of spring making, the issue is the bend at the end of the spring wrap. It's too sharp and is the first thing to break..

Glad you found your spring broken before it had a chance to screw up your bike and your day!!

Well done!!!
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