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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 16 2.81%
I have a 650 and have gone through 2 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 42 7.37%
I have a 650 and have gone through 1 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 210 36.84%
I have a 650 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at one check 110 19.30%
I have a 650 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at more than one check 10 1.75%
I have a 1000 and have gone through 3 or more valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 6 1.05%
I have a 1000 and have gone through 2 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 13 2.28%
I have a 1000 and have gone through 1 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 51 8.95%
I have a 1000 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at one check 115 20.18%
I have a 1000 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at more than one check 13 2.28%
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post #1 of 147 Old 08-04-2009, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Valve clearance adjustment poll for those who have done it or had it done

Please do not take the poll if your bike has never had a valve clearance check. Those who have had more than one bike can vote for each if I set this thing up right. They have to have different answers though. I saw no way to choose the same answer twice unless you have somebody ineligible vote for your second answer.

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The dealer declined when I requested the first one. I did it myself a few months ago at about 28k. Still in spec, so it must have been in spec had the first one been done. I chose 2 with no adjustment needed.

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28k. Still in spec, so it must have been in spec had the first one been done. I chose 2 with no adjustment needed.
Good choice. Maybe mileage rather than assuming 14,500 miles per adjustment would have been a better poll setup.

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I only had to adjust 7 of 8 valves on the Vee. All were put into spec, but only 2 ended up on the loose side of the spec. I'm curious what I'll find next time.


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I did my first check at 24K and had to adjust one exhaust (it was AT the spec so I guess technically it was still in spec). At 39K now and will do the next one this fall when it cools off some.

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Put the feeler gauge to mine about a month ago and the exhaust valves are on the tight side but in spec. I'll check them again over the winter and fiddle with them if necessary. The one upside is that two 1000 riders(who will remain nameless) who stated they would never check their valves or would only trust this to a professional saw that an 8 thumbed mechanical newb was able to pull this off and checked their valves. Both bikes had valves out of spec and were adjusted by their owners.

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At the first check (14,800 mi.) , I had one tight exhaust valve. Adjustment needed.

At the second check (35,400 mi.), the other 3 exhaust valves were tight. Adjustment needed.

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At the first check (14,800 mi.) , I had one tight exhaust valve. Adjustment needed.

At the second check (35,400 mi.), the other 3 exhaust valves were tight. Adjustment needed.
That's why if you have to take out a cam, adjust both valves to the middle to high end of the spec. In fact, I'd go for all the valves in that cylinder because the cam chain has to be loosened and reset anyway.

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Great idea for a poll.

The dealer did both my valve checks.

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It looks like 32 650s and 19 1000s so far. I'll bet the great majority of bikes out there haven't been checked yet.

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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014+ DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012+ DL650s
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