2006 DL-650 1st Valve Adjustment, 88k miles...
After 88k hard miles, LoveShack got her first valve adjustment. Here's the nitty gritty:
All exhaust valves were still within spec, right in the middle of specified tolerances.
As expected, the intake valves were tight, both left and right, on both cylinders, but not by much. The specs call for .10 to .20mm clarences, and LoveShack's were .25 and .28 respectively, on both cylinders. Not bad after 88k miles, considering the abuse I've put her through .
The only caveat in this equation is the intake boots were brittle, and therefore replaced. After speaking with the mechanic, he told me two things:
1. He was sure the valves had been inspected prior, as the valve gasket on the rear cylinder was as fresh as the day it came out of the factory. Usually, that one needs replacing due to the heat coming from the rear exhaust.
2. It was refreshing to see someone actually riding a 2006 model with more than 3K miles on it. He also mentioned my valvetrain is in great condition .
Total cost for the valve adjustment which obviously included pulling the cams and replacing the shims to set the valves on the loose end of the specs: $297.00.
While he was in there, I had him replace the original coolant, which he also tested for grins, and found it still held the cooling capabilities of fresh coolant. It's fresh now, so no worries on that end.
I also had him replace the original spark plugs. No discussion in that department, as the bike ran fine when I brought it in.
He also did a throttle body synch, which was slightly out of spec, but as he said, "It really didn't need to be done."
Beyond that, he cleaned my K&N air filter, and buttoned the bitch back up.
After 88k miles, LoveShack is ready for another 88 . YMMV may vary, of course, but I thought some of you would be interested in just how wonderful the DL-650 motor really is .
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