My 30,000 mile KLR650 stock Doo-Hickey

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Al Goodwin, May 7, 2009.

  1. Al Goodwin

    Al Goodwin Long timer

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    Replaced it just 2 days ago...Surprise, it was still in one piece.

    Although the spring was broken, rendering the adjustment system usless:huh

    Anyhow...A few pics.

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    The new Doo

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    Oil screen cleaning....there's the end of my spring.

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    It was a good day, actually about 4 hours total start to finish. Glad I finally bit the bullet and done this. I'd been dreading it, but it went well.

    Later:freaky
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  2. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Adjust every 30,000 miles...I like it. :lol3


    Looks like you took up a ton of slack with the new spring. :thumb
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  3. Al Goodwin

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    Well,...maybe I should have looked at it around 25K.:lol3
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  4. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Now that you've got it done, try to remember to adjust it frequently! I kind of forgot it was there for a few months and probably went 1500 miles or so without adjusting it. It might be placebo, but I did feel that the motor smoothed out after a good Doo adjustment.
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  5. Al Goodwin

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    My plans are to give it a bump every oil change, 3000 miles.:freaky
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  6. Superhawk

    Superhawk Been here awhile

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    Good to see the screen did its job !
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  7. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    What's important here is that Kawasaki is aware of the problem, admits it, and is doing something about it.





























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  8. Al Goodwin

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    They did make major improvements on this part for the '08 and newer bikes. Big difference in the pieces, the '08 and newer ones are machines from one piece, not welded like the '07 and older.:freaky

    http://klrworld.com/forums/index.php/topic,5094.0.html
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  9. (none)

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    Ok, i give up, what's it do? I don't know much about KLRs... Looks like a timing chain adjuster?
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  10. ChrisC

    ChrisC Amal sex?

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    No, it's a doohickey... :norton
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  11. carburated

    carburated Been here awhile

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    yer lucky, I never did find the missing bits of my broken spring and doohickey. dunno where they are, hopefully they fell out the drain hole on an oil change by now. :dunno Any reason you didn't you go with the torsion spring? :ear
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  12. Al Goodwin

    Al Goodwin Long timer

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    My brothers '07 was much like yours, his spring was completely missing:huh , and the lever was broken.

    He has found bits and pieces on several oil changes, no problems yet....but it may just be a matter of time.:eek1
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  13. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Balancer chain adjustment lever.
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  14. Al Goodwin

    Al Goodwin Long timer

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    No reason not to.

    It's just that this is what came with the kit when my brother went and picked it up.:freaky

    Oh well....may put it in when this one wears out.
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  15. teeedubya

    teeedubya Been here awhile

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    Al,

    Were you making the doo adjustments regularly prior to replacing it?

    I haven't changed mine yet nor have I made any adjustments out of fear of breaking the doo.
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  16. Al Goodwin

    Al Goodwin Long timer

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    I had not adjusted it at all.:huh

    If you've not been adjusting it...DON'T. On another board a guy took his apart, with only 4000 miles on it, and his spring was broken just like mine. Had he tried to let it adjust, he'd been screwed...and probably repairing more parts than just the Doo if he'd tried to run it after the attempted adjustment.

    Pull the cover and look at your spring, if it's still intact, loosen adjustment screw 1/2 turn and see what happens.

    Good luck.:freaky
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  17. Al Goodwin

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    I'd forgotten how smooth(:huh ) a KLR can run. I put a new chain and sprockets on 2 weeks ago, a lot smoother.....noe this repair and adjustment..

    It's like riding another bike.:freaky

    I put a fork-brace on last night, I'll talk about that in another thread.:D
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  18. rob feature

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    Mine was exactly the same...spring broke, but all was caught in the screen. And upon initial inspection, the hickey was all one piece.

    I even made a keyring out of it

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    Then at some point, for some reason, I stressed it from both ends. And oil came out of the middle...that's when I saw the crack...

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  19. holycaveman

    holycaveman Long timer

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    Fellows I will always advise to remove the cover and adjust it by hand every 10,000 miles(at most)

    Yea, it may not be fun, but too many customers bikes I have seen with doohickeys that won't adjust.

    Doesn't matter what doo you have installed. They all can bind up and fail to adjust, even with a good tight spring.
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  20. Al Goodwin

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    Good advice...I'll do it.:freaky
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