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post #1 of 11 Old 01-05-2008, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Well here is my new to me ride

As purchased with all the extras. Bike needs very little TLC and runs strong. I'll take care of the plastics with some heat and polish and post pics after for comparisons.

With good eyes you can see it came with tools and 2 sets of doohicky's but the previous owner was told by his dealer they were not needed and the problem was blown out of proportion so he never installed it. What say ye all and what other mod's are considered MUST do's?

It has a K&N air filter and progressive forks now. I can see the front brake needing some help also.

Blotching on spare motor is from battery acid taking off the anodizing after the wreck.

Sorry but can't upload pics for some reason...

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-05-2008, 10:50 PM
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Go here: http://www.klr650.marknet.us/pdfdownloads.html for mods normally done.

As for doohickey, the dealers are in the dark and dumb. Do that first and foremost, others in here will agree on that.

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post #3 of 11 Old 01-06-2008, 09:24 AM
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As for doohickey, the dealers are in the dark and dumb. Do that first and foremost, others in here will agree on that.
Most research and polls show that around 30% of either the lever or the spring breaking on KLR650's, why wouldn't someone change them out to a proven system?

I've personnally seen several broken parts, but the first one that I saw in person was all I needed to make me change mine.

As luck would have it, both of my parts were fine, but I now have peace of mind because I have a much better system in my motorcycle and I don't need it in the back of my mind while riding.

Sounds like you got a great deal with a lot of extras!!

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post #4 of 11 Old 01-06-2008, 09:29 AM
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I've been involved in three doo changes. One bike was fine, one had a broken spring, and one had a cracked doo ready to fall into two pieces.

That's a 66% failure rate in my experience.

Sure it's a small sample size, but enough for me.
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-06-2008, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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I'm going to try the swap today and let you know what I find. My buddy has the same bike and has never heard of the potential problem so depending on what I find I bet he does his also. Or more accurate... I'll help him do his. LOL

Will the side cover gasket need replacing normally?
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post #6 of 11 Old 01-06-2008, 12:44 PM
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If ya have one you won't need, they usually come off w/o a problem. If you don't have a new one that's usually when the old one gets damaged coming off.
Here's on ongoing survey for the doohickey. 264 responses to date. http://klrworld.com/forums/index.php?topic=962.100

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post #7 of 11 Old 01-06-2008, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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For practice I took apart the spare motor that had 2K miles on it when wrecked and found the doohicky to be cracked but still holding together. Already fixed it and checked the motor out closely. Its a solid spare and I'm considering selling it. Is that frowned on here by such a new member, should I craigs list it instead?
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-06-2008, 06:09 PM
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You can list it here in the Marketplace and classifieds:
http://www.klrforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=51

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post #9 of 11 Old 01-06-2008, 09:16 PM
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Just as DX mentioned, you're more than welcome to post it here, but if it were me, I'd stick it on Craigslist too!!

(and also on ADVRider.com)
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-07-2008, 02:38 AM
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so are you all saying i should have my doo done now ?

my bike is only 1100 k's
will the dealer do it if asked ?
im not the wrenching type
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