Should I change doohickey with high milage klr?
By - tulovabe
17k is high mileage?
Have you performed the tensioner balancer adjustment? It has a torque spec as called out in the service manual. I'd start with doing that and all the other required service, which isn't much at 17K.
Haven’t done anything but an oil change and chain/ sprocket replacement. But I’ll look into doing that adjustment, thanks.
You'll need an inch pound torque wrench. It's the only damn thing I've ever needed that tool for.
The spark plugs probably need to be replaced if they haven't been already. Check the cables. I replaced my clutch cable before 20,000. It was stretched and I couldn't adjust it all out.
Yayy I’ll get to dust off my baby torque wrench! Do you have any idea what the spec is for that adjuster nut is? Also clutch cable is new so that’s nice.
Is this a gen 2?
My Gen 2 Kawi service manual says the balancer chain tension adjustment is as follows.
Remove the engine guard
Remove the plug and loosen the idle shaft lever bolt a few turns
Tighten the idle shaft lever bolt to the specified torque: 8.8 Nm (78 in lbs)
Install the plug on the idle shaft lever bolt securely
Hmmm. I'd verify they are the same spec before attempting. I can't imagine they are different, but you never know. See if you can find someone with a Gen 1 svc manual to make sure.
Ok sounds good thanks 👍
Good luck with her. I've had my 2008 since new. Pretty bullet proof with a modest amount of maintenance.
A KLR will do 100k miles. It’s barely broken in.
If nothing else check. It's worth the peace of mind knowing one way or the other.
Do I need a new gasket to check if it has been done or is there some other way to check?
Even if you could see the Boss on the Doo through the case plug hole you can't see which spring is in there and if it's the old style if it has any tension left. To save yourself a possible failure with case damage and shredded aluminum throughout your engine ( there have been 2 Reddit posts for failed Gen1 Doo's in the past 2 days ) buy the gaskets, borrow the tools if you don't have them, and get in there. Its easy after you watch a few Youtube videos. You can also inspect how the chain guides are doing for both the cam and balancer chains.
I wouldn’t consider 17k high mileage. When you get in the mid 30’s that’s where I’d start considering the mileage to be high. If I were you I’d do the doo for sure. It’s a little intimidating at first but you can do it. Just pay close attention that you torque things correctly. Gen 2’s torque on the rotor bolt is a little higher than Gen 1’s. If you can get ahold of a clymers manual it’s well worth it. Congratulations man, it’s the best bike I’ve owned, hope you enjoy yours as well.
30k isn't high unless it has been abused or neglected
Mid 30’s is where I would start to consider it high mileage. Unless he bought it from someone he knows and trusts, had it inspected or the seller had service logs then he really doesn’t know. If you buy a bike in the mid 30’s and don’t use that number as a negotiation point then you aren’t doing it right.
I know full well how high mileage and negligence reduces a bike's worth. But that doesn't mean a bike is dead by any means. I paid $750 for my '04 with 39k. It was worth about that much because it ran like crap. It just needed the carb cleaned and the clutch switch bypassed to run though. I spent a good bit of time and money fixing it up and upgrading a few things, and i'd say it's pretty decent reliable fat dualsport now.
Ah so that’s why you seem to be taking this personally. I had a 94 f150 with about 170k on it that was reliable. It was still high mileage. I’m not saying your bike is junk or anything like that. I am saying it’s high mileage.
But we both agree 17 is not high mileage
Congrats on the KLR! I have done a few doohickey’s. The Eagle Mike kit comes with a sticker that most apply as an indication that the doo has been done. If the PO didn’t mention it I would assume it hasn’t been done. I wouldn’t stress over it but I would plan on opening the left side cover and checking. I’d you have a gasket you won’t need one and if you don’t have a gasket it will tear for sure. In the six or so that I have done I have never seen a broken doo. But…every one has the stock spring stretched to where it was doing nothing. Also check the plastic chain guides inside the cover while you are in there. They are a wear item and easy to replace. Jump on a KLR forum and see if there is anyone near you who has a puller you can borrow. Good luck and reach out if you have any questions.
I'll add too that even if it HAS been done, you might still want to throw the torsion spring in instead of the standard spring.
I see you mentioned it's a Gen 1 in a other a comment. The thing with the Doohickey on the first generation is that they can fail at any point. Some people get thousands and thousands of miles out of theirs before they break. Other people barely get a few thousand miles.
I would strongly recommend replacing the Doohickey as soon as possible. If it breaks, bits of metal will end up in the bottom of the case and could potentially cause massive damage.