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post #1 of 24 Old 03-27-2018, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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2006 preparing for the Doohickey

I have no idea if I need a doohickey on my newly acquired 2006 with 8XXX miles, but have read and seen enough to go ahead and do it for peace of mind. So the confusion I found is in the two different kind of springs. One YouTube video the guy said he didn't want the around-the-shaft torsion spring because it would allow some nearby part to rattle. So is it better to use the sturdier conventional coil loop spring from Eagle Mike, or drill and mod the part for the around-the-shaft torsion style tension spring. Thoughts before getting into it. Thanks.
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The torsion spring is superior and should last the lifetime of the bike; the regular spring will need to be replaced with different lengths over time. Also, due to the design, the torsion spring has zero movement except during adjustment whereas the regular spring can move by the amount of play in the doohickey lever on the shaft (a particular problem with the stock doo lever).

I'm not sure what the reference to rattling is but I'd definitely stick with the torsion spring.

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I feel your information is reversed. View this video & read the thread.

http://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650-...ng-spring.html

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I just did the doo on my ‘16 and didn’t notice any looseness in anything once the adjuster bolt is tight. The EM Doo is a far superior fit to the center shaft it goes on than the stock Doo.
Far as I know, it’s the same case on Gen 1 KLR. Someone will no doubt correct me if not.

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More videos. Watch all four videos (five if you drop the washer in the hole), then do the work.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...LQ4YUkV6CCFOUl

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I just did the doo on my ‘16 and didn’t notice any looseness in anything once the adjuster bolt is tight. The EM Doo is a far superior fit to the center shaft it goes on than the stock Doo.
Far as I know, it’s the same case on Gen 1 KLR. Someone will no doubt correct me if not.
No correction offered! However . . . I think the question was whether the "torsion" spring invited "some nearby part to rattle," vs. the straight coil spring.

Which spring did you use?

FULL DISCLOSURE: No "nearby parts rattling" noticed on my Generation 1 with aftermarket doohickey and torsion spring.

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No correction offered! However . . . I think the question was whether the "torsion" spring invited "some nearby part to rattle," vs. the straight coil spring.

Which spring did you use?

FULL DISCLOSURE: No "nearby parts rattling" noticed on my Generation 1 with aftermarket doohickey and torsion spring.
The torsion spring that came with the EM kit.

If you read his question again, my response was that I didn’t notice any looseness related to the torsion spring, which is part of his concern per some internet posting he saw.
To add, I do not noticing any “rattling” with the new parts and never did with the ill fitting stock Doohickey.
Maybe the OP could provide a reference to what he saw/read?

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I also saw the need to drill the part to attach the torsion spring, then in another video that is not necessary. Is the EM doohicky the one that does NOT require drilling a hole in the part? A number of you referenced Gen 2 in my question, but this is a Gen 1, so is there a difference in the fix?
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You really must tell us where you are hearing this horse puckey. Cites would be nice.

Just watch the videos.
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I have a Gen1 and I installed the Doo with EM's Torsion Spring. Yes, it does require drilling a very small hole to locate the spring. Not difficult to do, although some folks can very very picky. Exercise a modicum of care and all will be good.

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