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New KLR owner whose only done a couple of trips but loves the KLR - its sheer simplicity and the community that comes with owning one.

First question is how many of you have done the doohickey? Bloke I bought my bike off advised he didn't bother. I'd like to hear if anyone has the tools locally to do the job (not that I have enough confidence to do it myself) and if anyone interested in a tech day in Sydney somewhere.

Cheers Alex
 

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Dunno about a tech day in Sydney. What about the Gold Coast? I'm going to be doing mine in a few weeks when some backordered parts arrive.

VB what is yours? Mines original '87 model. I've had it since '90. Now done 133000kms.

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G'day Griffo

WOW 133,000kms - so what parts have you had to change in the engine?

Let us know how it all goes with the doo - I'll probably take mine to the shop

I've got 2004 with 32,000kms
 

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G'day Griffo

WOW 133,000kms - so what parts have you had to change in the engine?
So far nothing. I haven't even replaced a cam chain. I have purchased most things I need to do, ie cam chain, balancer chain, all the chain guides (6 or 7 of them) and I'm going to do the "doo" in a couple of weeks. I got my EagleMike version from Fred in the 'states last week and I'm just waiting for one more chain guide thats on backorder from KHI in Japan. It's started to use a bit of oil but I can't afford to do the piston & rings or the valves this time. I do have the valve guide seals so may replace those. I mainly want to replace the chains as the cam chain is way past the limit stretch wise so I'm sure the balancer chain will be as well.

wish me luck and I'll let you know how I go.

griffo :cool:
 

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gidday, are you gunna be at the sydney bike show next weekend?
Hi ninja14

I am going on Friday afternoon - getting there around 2.00pm

If you can make it then, feel free to call me on 0412 949 273

Cheers Alex
 

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That's impressive Griffo

133,000kms and no doo :razz:

Keep us posted on how the rest all goes

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hey VB, I'm going to be there on sunday from 11am. I don't own a KLR650 - yet! but I'm really interested in buying a second hand 2004 model next year.

Griffo I too am interested to see how your doohickey replacement goes. keep us posted
 

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Done it!!

Well I finally did it. The ?DOO? that is.

My ?87A1 has done approx 133,000kms and last week I finally got around to installing some parts I bought over 10yrs and 60,000kms ago, namely the Cam Chain, Balancer Chain and most of the guides.( two of them can only be done after removal of the head and I didn?t have the time) I also took the opportunity to install one of Eaglemikes Balancer Tensioner levers(Doohickey). Once I had the 2 engine covers off I could see the DOO was still intact but the spring was just about out of tension. The coils were ?just? apart. I installed the new doo and the long spring that comes with the kit. I had actually purchased a genuine Kawasaki one in with all the other stuff but there was no way that was going in after reading all about them on the forums.

I can?t believe the difference it has made to the engine, it used to rattle quite a bit and the power down low wasn?t great. Now it pulls much better from a standstill and also when accelerating away from low speed. The engine is noticeably quieter and smoother. Both chains had stretched past the wear limits as per the manual. The cam chain so much so that the cam timing was out almost a full tooth at tdc. I just can?t believe the difference it has made. The engine probably really needs to have the piston/rings and valves done as well. Sometime in later this year I?ll get a leak down test done to check what else I really should do but for now I?m really happy.

I still have two of the guides, the valve seals, gudgeon pin and other small parts but I?ll install those when I pull it down totally for the major work.

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The doohickey is the cam chain tensioner?? New to KLRs, just on the verge of buying one (when I sell the late wife's car I will have the money and I think as soon as I am cashed up, I will not be able to resist this interesting bike.
 
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