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|05-14-2011 10:00 AM|
Thanks for the excellent images of the items you replaced. Every picture tells a story, and yours is one that bears repeating.
You just covered a big step towards turning your bike from "reliable", to "extremely reliable".
|05-14-2011 09:48 AM|
Well I finished up the doohickey replacement and now have an Eagle Mikes installed... Cleaning gasket material was my only issue, took a while.
Condition of OEM:
Spring was connected and intack...easily removed...was it really keeping the shaft tight? Hard to say.
The doo itself looked like it had not been adusted much but can't say for sure. Bike only has 4500 and is just new to me.
I can see where the washer on the adjustement bolt made contact on the face...AND on the opposite side (bottom pic) I can see wear marks near the thinest part of the slots (not real shinny in pic but are)...this would help identify a possible cause for breakage.
|05-09-2011 03:34 PM|
Originally Posted by Damocles View Post
|05-09-2011 03:07 PM|
Originally Posted by outdoorgb View Post
|05-09-2011 02:19 PM|
New guy on the board...couple of questions.
First, just got my 06 KLR on Saturday...4500 miles. I'll post pics when I can.
I ordered the Eagle Mike kit this morning...what a great guy to talk with.
I have oil, filter, kit on the way, and a good shop.
What else to I need? Several sites list to "coat" or "oil" all components upon reassembly. What do you guys use? I appreciate the info.
|08-04-2010 05:35 PM|
Seems to be good advice from those guys and there's some good background info as well.
They recommend waiting until the warranty expires on a 08 or later bike which might not be a bad idea. The inspection port idea is interesting but probably wouldn't work if you switch to the torsion spring?
I'm happy I did the full doo-hickey even though I'm still inside the warranty period and low kms.
|08-04-2010 05:16 PM|
I am considering the installation of one of their inspection ports, to better monitor what is going on down there in the balancer region.
Balancer Spring Inspection Port Kit
Applications: Kawasaki KLR650 '87 - 2010
This is an interesting outfit. They offer some tech articles I find informative. They also offer shock service and spring replacement for those looking to improve their suspension. Very helpful on the phone, knowledgeable, willing to help you make the right choices. I think their main focus is setting up rally type bikes, and long distance multi-surface long distance traveler's bikes.
|08-04-2010 05:13 PM|
The 08 and later idler shaft lever (doohickey) is quite good quality but not as good as the Eagle Mike version and upgrading to the torsion spring is worth doing anyways.
|08-04-2010 05:02 PM|
|08-04-2010 04:53 PM|
Originally Posted by Lockjaw View Post
But you don't know that until you take it apart and you might as well do the upgrade as you've pretty well done all the work by then.
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