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post #1 of 26 Old 02-20-2010, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Balancer Adjustment....

Did it today. I put it off too long. Bike is running like a champ again. Do yourself a favor and don't put it off as long as I did. (No damage done, but the bike sure runs better/quieter).




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post #2 of 26 Old 02-20-2010, 08:53 PM
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So, if I'm understanding various posts, the Doohickey is more or less fixed in the '08+ KLR but the tension spring still needs replacing? I've got a brand new '09 just waiting to get out on the road (when the snow's gone, but more importantly when the ice is off the road). just trying to get a handle on the most important fixes to do. I haven't ridden off road in about 35 years and even then it wasn't my main riding location on my little Trail 90.

I did see one guy on a Dual on the roads today as I was doing errands. Too far away to tell what model he was on, but it looked smaller than a KLR650. I did get the KLR started and running today but I really want to get it out and start the break in period.
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The doo is a lot better, but there was not spring tension in mine. I went ahead and put the EM doo in while I was in there. It is an improved piece in the gen2 bikes, but not as good as EM's. And the spring was crap.




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i just bought an 09 too. spent more than i should've on it, apparently (my own fault for being so damned impulsive and not looking around for a better deal on an 09!) consequently i spent all my cash i had saved up and don't have any extra right now to do any of these mods. i am hoping that since the bike is under warantee for a year to not do anything like the doohickey until after the year is up. the stock set up should last a year, right???


does that seem reasonable or am i looking for trouble? any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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I would think that since you have a new bike, your warranty should give you some peace of mind. Having said that, the cost to do the "doo" isn't that much really (less than $100) and with some help from others at a tech day if you need it would be a breeze. I have the doo tools that I'd gladly send to help you out.
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If you have it in your mind to change out the Balancer Lever... why not do it sooner then later?... would you want your bike to have a problem, then take it to a shop and not have it for weeks. then they just change the part... without looking for all the pieces?
I wouldnt want anything to go wrong. and have that in my motor for the rest of the time I owned it..warrenty or not... if it could be prevented.

And yes... there are some bikes that have never been adjusted... with a bazillion miles on them.... But, they look like it too.

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Locjaw its about time you stopped procrastinating well worth it hu LOL.
Yes the doo on the second gen. is heaver than before but still a forged peace
that fits sloppy on the doo shaft springs are still to long maybe good for one adjustment. Eagle doo is a machined peace far superior. i done mine at the same time as a friend done his both 08 s every thing was like twins sloppy fit loose springs no regrets eagle doo and torsion spring bulletproof.

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i just bought an 09 too. spent more than i should've on it, apparently (my own fault for being so damned impulsive and not looking around for a better deal on an 09!) consequently i spent all my cash i had saved up and don't have any extra right now to do any of these mods. i am hoping that since the bike is under warantee for a year to not do anything like the doohickey until after the year is up. the stock set up should last a year, right???


does that seem reasonable or am i looking for trouble? any advice would be greatly appreciated!

thanks.

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I spent more on my 08 than I should have, too. If I were you, I would hold off on doing anything to the bike mod or farkle wise...but I would put in an Eagle Mike doo. The setup they have is crap. You don't want to ride it that way for a year. A lot of the other shit we get obsessed with is take or leave, but the doo is well worth the cost and labor and learning.




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i just bought an 09 too. spent more than i should've on it, apparently (my own fault for being so damned impulsive and not looking around for a better deal on an 09!) consequently i spent all my cash i had saved up and don't have any extra right now to do any of these mods. i am hoping that since the bike is under warantee for a year to not do anything like the doohickey until after the year is up. the stock set up should last a year, right???


does that seem reasonable or am i looking for trouble? any advice would be greatly appreciated!

thanks.

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Don't worry about it. I have 11,000 on my 08 and no problems. I know guys that have 30,000 and no problems. I haven't heard of any problems with the newer generation. A lot of people change their doo as soon as they get a bike, but that doesn't mean they have a problem. They just have more money and time than me.

One problem people have is they over tighten the adjustment bolt, which can damage the doo and spring. Those I know that use a torque wrench haven't had a problem, even on the older models. I'll probably check mine at about 15,000 just to see how it and the spring look. That us cheaper than replacing it without seeing if it is bad.
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Don't worry about it. I have 11,000 on my 08 and no problems. I know guys that have 30,000 and no problems. I haven't heard of any problems with the newer generation. A lot of people change their doo as soon as they get a bike, but that doesn't mean they have a problem. They just have more money and time than me.

One problem people have is they over tighten the adjustment bolt, which can damage the doo and spring. Those I know that use a torque wrench haven't had a problem, even on the older models. I'll probably check mine at about 15,000 just to see how it and the spring look. That us cheaper than replacing it without seeing if it is bad.
that's refreshing to hear. it just seems crazy to me to shell out the bucks for a brand new bike only to have to tear into it right away to prevent something really bad from happening to it. i can almost guarantee that if i start pulling things apart something really, really bad will happen to it!

where did the term doohickey come from any way? sounds like it behaves more like a time bomb that may or may not have been activated! i always came from the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" way of thinking. so i'll just hope that my time bomb sits idle, at least until i get brave enough to do some exploratory surgery! maybe they don't activate that doo-bomb on the red ones???
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