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post #1 of 5 Old 08-03-2014, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone, new here and to klr's. Been searching on all the Klr forums for answer, maybe some can direct to a thread with this info, or just tell what to do. Just bought an 07 Klr 650 with 13,000 mile on it. I keep reading about the doohickey and that it needs to be replaced. Is there anyway to tell it's been replaced without taking it apart? The PO didn't know anything because he got the bike in a trade. I don't want to buy one if I don't need to. Thanks
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-04-2014, 12:48 AM
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Take a look at this thread; you might find post #3 to be what you're looking for.

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-04-2014, 05:22 AM
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First, full disclosure: I have an Eagle Mike aftermarket doohickey and torsion spring installed on my 2007. Since the Generation 1 (2007 models and earlier) OEM components have known cases of catastrophic collateral damage on failure, I consider the "upgrade" sound maintenance.

Yet . . . your bike (2007 model) is from the 21st inclusive year of production (1987-2007); what PERCENTAGE of this production has aftermarket doohickeys? What percentage of this production (without upgraded components) experienced catastrophic failures?

My point: The PROBABILITY you'll be stranded in the middle of the Gobi desert with a grenaded doohickey may not occur numerically high. The urgency to insure you have a righteous doohckey installed may not be great.

Still, upgrading the doohickey remains sound maintenance for a Generation 1 (2007 or earlier) KLR650, even though KLR650s roamed the earth before Al Gore invented the Internet.

Not to minimize the fact: Even ONE preventable catastrophic doohickey failure would be one too many.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-04-2014, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
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Perfect that's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-04-2014, 11:08 AM
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You're welcome - let us know what you find.

I wish I had pictures of the front of an aftermarket doohickey to compare to a stock one. It's easy to tell the difference if you know what you're looking for, but pictures would help.

If you're familiar with machining processes, the after market part has a Blanchard-ground appearance, like this:


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