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KLR650 Doohickey (Balancer Idle Lever & Spring) All Years


Doohickey 101 - In the '86-'07 KLR650’s chain-driven balancer subsystem, two related parts are prone to failure: 1) the balancer idler lever (Kawasaki part no. 13168-1436); and, 2) the idler shaft spring (Kawasaki part no. 92144-1860). The two parts serve to maintain tension on the balancer chain. The OEM idler shaft lever is a welded piece. Because it is improperly supported, the lever can be easily crimped, dented, or warped. Eventually, the damage can become so severe the lever “hangs” on the crimped part and fails to allow adjustment to the chain tension. In some cases the weld fails or the collar breaks so the lever is no longer attached to the idler shaft and pieces fall into the oil sump below. Tension on the system is now held entirely by the idler shaft spring. Under tremendous stress, the spring can fail either by breakage or being stretched beyond limits. In any of the above scenarios, when tension is lost the chain is capable of jumping a sprocket, jamming and locking the engine. It is also possible for the broken pieces to find their way into the oil pump (assuming the protective screen is missing) and cause engine failure at speed. What about the 2008+ KLR650? The balancer idler shaft lever is improved but not nearly what it could be. But even more important, the factory extension spring is too long to do any good. It only gets worse with miles.

This Mike Cowlishaw (Eagle Mfg & Engineering) solution is made from 17-4PH stainless steel, heat treated to 44c on the Rockwell scale. The alloy is characterized by great strength, it is also tough and not brittle (corrosion resistance is a side benefit). The material is more than twice as strong as the factory part. The one-piece billet design dramatically improves the strength over the OEM part. The design also increases the bearing surface (along the shaft) by about 100 percent in length. It also is reindexed to allow adjustment for the entire useful life of the chain.

Included in the Doohickey upgrade kit is: one balancer idler lever and two idler shaft springs (extension type) in 35 & 38 mm. We prefer to use the Eagle Torsion spring kit which includes a 1/16" drill bit for creating an anchor for the stationary pin of the torsion spring. The torsion spring offers significant advantages over a conventional extension spring setup: ● it has enough adjustment range for the life of the engine; ● it is captured on installation; ● it takes the excess slack out of the system in the best possible way since it attaches directly to the adjustment lever. If you select this kit you will use the torsion spring instead of the factory style extension springs included in the kit.

For a detailed printable doohickey installation guide click here. For higher resolution photos used in the installation guide please visit our installation site at

If you have the lever and want the torsion spring only, go HERE.

Rotor Bolt: Add a new rotor bolt (OEM Kawasaki) for $12.95. Kawasaki recommends replacing it with each installation.

Magneto Cover Gaskets: It is a good idea to have both magneto cover gaskets on-hand in case you find they're leaking or they break when removing the magneto cover. OEM Kawasaki, $18.95 each.

Rotor Holder Wrench: This wrench is required for the upgrade. It is used to hold the rotor so it can be removed and reinstalled with proper torque on the rotor bolt. Equivalent to OEM Magneto Holder 570001-1184.

Rotor Puller Tool: The Puller tool allows for pulling the rotor without damage once the rotor bolt is removed. Equivalent to OEM Magneto Flywheel Puller 57001-1185.

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