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Messed up during valve adjustment.... Please HELP!!

So I have a 2006 DL1000 with now 87,000 on it, and after two years of ownership (and putting on nearly 10,000 miles myself) I was ready to do all needed maintenance, especially the valve check/adjustment! So I read and researched and read some more, and was so ready to take this on! I did everything I needed to get to the point where I could check the valve clearances and adjust them if necessary. I pulled the front valve head off, turned the crank to where the cam lobes were in proper position and crank was on the FT mark, checked the clearances and found a few were too tight. So, curious to see what size shims were currently under the tappet buckets, I pulled both cams and checked. Then, I went to go check the rear. So, I turned the crank 270 degrees to the RT mark and made sure the rear cam lobes were in proper position, and then went on to check the clearances of the rear valves and pulled those cams to check the shim sizes, etc., and then it hit me..... I forgot to put the freakin front cams back in before turning the crank to the rear position!!! At this point I’m now freaking out, unsure what to do, so I try to guess where the front cams would be at that given crank position, and I try to set them back in and secure them down. Also unsure if I put the rear cams back in correctly, I make another dumb move and try to put one of the rear cams in a different spot from where it was.... I then I tried to rotate the crank, and eventually hit a point where I hit total resistance—I’m assuming which means the valves were touching the piston in one or both of the cylinders—and so my valves aren’t even close to the position they should be in, and I’m sure my timing isn’t even close....

I’m super upset, and made a dumba** rookie mistake.... if I would’ve just thought things completely through while doing it, then it could’ve been avoided, but the fact of the matter is I messed up, and I have no idea how to go about fixing this issue and getting the valves and cams where they are supposed to be to have proper timing.

Can this be fixed?? Can anyone help me solve this?? I will be forever indebted to you!!
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