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View Poll Results: If you have done at least one valve clearance check or had one done, please answer
I have a 650 and have gone through 3 or more valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 15 2.92%
I have a 650 and have gone through 2 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 41 7.98%
I have a 650 and have gone through 1 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 185 35.99%
I have a 650 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at one check 97 18.87%
I have a 650 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at more than one check 9 1.75%
I have a 1000 and have gone through 3 or more valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 5 0.97%
I have a 1000 and have gone through 2 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 12 2.33%
I have a 1000 and have gone through 1 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 48 9.34%
I have a 1000 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at one check 106 20.62%
I have a 1000 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at more than one check 11 2.14%
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:07 AM
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I did my second valve check at 26,000 ahead of a possible long trip and when I had the bike apart for coolant change, spark plug and air filter replacement. No adjustments needed, but I had already answered the poll that I went through one check with no adjustments needed. Can I change my answer?
Oone intake and one exhaust tightened by about a thousand since 13,500 miles.
the first check two intakes were .007, and two were .006, now three are at .006
the first check one exhaust was at .009 and the rest at .010, and now two are at .009
I removed the radiator this time to change my coolant and also bought a set of angled tappet feeler gauges. What an easy difference in checking the valves from last time when I had straight feeler gauges and the radiator just tilted.
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Just finished my second check at 32,227 miles and came up with .15mm for the intakes save for the left front, that one was closer to .13 but I ended up leaving them all alone. The exhaust were all too tight at about .18mm and after the shim swap I was able to bring the fronts up to .23mm and the rears up to .25mm. I'm not sure if the free flowing aftermarket exhaust is a reason my exhausts were so tight so I will probably check again at 45,000 miles.

As far as the actual job itself, I had plenty of help from different guides, like Blacklabs and another from VRSI, also Bwringer(Brian) from this site has been invaluable help. The front cylinder went great and then I got too excited and moved directly to the rear without turning the motor over to the proper timing mark.........I started taking everything apart and had the exhaust cam out before I realized my mistake. Somehow the cam chain got off timing and I tried to back track my mistake and then started turning the engine over again and to my surprise I had interferance.......everything came to a halt.....CRAPPPPPP. I put in an emergency call to Brian and he set me straight on how to set timing. It actually was easy because I knew the front cylinder was done right......I followed the manual on how to time the engine and got everything back in order.

It really is not that hard of a job. Aside from skipping the one step fiasco, the hardest part was getting the cam tensioners to release because my screw drivers were too fat to fit in the space needed to release the pawls. The guides I was able to find and use were very helpful.
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Just had the second check today on my K9 wee at 55km and still no adjustment required. I forgot to ask what the measurements were.
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I think this poll is flawed since it doesn't take into consideration mileage ... but ....

This was my first valve adjustment, 31K miles. Everything within spec. Nothing adjusted.

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I think this poll is flawed since it doesn't take into consideration mileage ... but ....
Valve checks are scheduled to be done every 14,500 miles. With ten poll questions maximum, there are limits to what else can be accomplished.
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Valve checks are scheduled to be done every 14,500 miles. With ten poll questions maximum, there are limits to what else can be accomplished.
So I guess my vote should be counted twice!
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(That is latin for "I am guilty".)

My Wee-Strom has carried me 75000 miles. The valves were adjusted once, at a little less than half the distance covered.
Based on what I read about other riders' habits, I am a gentle rider, who doesn't twist the right wrist a lot.

Still, I get to 38 states, most of them several times, and ten provinces.

So I will ride to the Suzuki shop soon,
and ask them to adjust the valves again.

I am still impressed with the quality and reliability I bought, for a modest prince,
six-and-a-half years ago. I planned in 2006 to get a 2016 Wee-Strom, and that
plan is still in place.

Perhaps I will fashion my own poll to determine what to do with the 2006 bike:
[] - Trade it in.
[] - Ride to Mount Desert Island and give it to Black Lab. Walk home to FL.
[] - sell it on eBay.
[] - ???
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I have a 2007 Wee with 27K miles and I need to get my valves checked soon. Doesn't keep me up at night, but will probably deal with it this winter.
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just had the valves checked on the new to me 2005 650. 27,000kms 1st check done on bike all valve,s were still in upper end of specs. Dealer here in kamloops did the valves and thottlebody sync for $275.00 (great day)
Have done another valve check 48,000kms still in spec
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I was putting off the valve check because of a lack of confidence in my mechanical skills and because I am too cheap to hire a pro, so I did the only thing--I put it off until well over 20,000 miles.
I was watching a real mechanic adjust the valves of the rear jug of a Wee and I could see the job may not be dead simple, but it is about 90% common sense and simple cafefulness--so I went home and plunged into my own valve clearence check.
I found seven were within min. spec, but they were all on the tight side, and one was just a bit too tight so it definitely need adjustment.
I borrowed a friend's tray of shims, he said he'd let me swap all I wanted for $3.00 a shim. So I re-shimmed all of them to just inside the loose spec since I had everything I needed and it was easy. I swapped some of my own shims to other valves so I wound up only needing three shims out of the tray.
I was worried that I'd get a noisey "clicky" engine with all the valves a bit loose, but when I fired her up it sounded exactly the same as before the adustments.
I was hoping it might feel a little more powerful somehow, but it felt exactly the same as before. So the net result was only an improvement in my confidence level, first, I now know how to do this job (it isn't intimidating at all now) and secondly I am confident my valves will not be too tight for a very long time. So I netted some peace of mind for $9.00 and my own labor. Well worth it!
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