Does the Kawasaki KLR 650 Need the Doohickey?

The definitive answer is No! You do not need to believe all of the old timers posting in crappy old KLR forums in the backwoods of the Internet. Somehow, replacing the doohickey became a religion in the KLR community, but don’t follow this popular myth.

Instead, Dork, from the Dork in the Road YouTube channel, lasked an actual Kawasaki mechanic working for decades in the largest Kawasaki dealership in the world. After working on thousands and thousands of Kawasaki KLR 650’s in his career, he has never seen an actual problem with a doohickey in a KLR that had regular oil changes and good maintenance.


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