Thanks for the video. Watching it made me realize 2 things:
1) Whenever I searched for info on the 2014 V-Strom cam installation, I always found text and pictures about the difficulties in dealing with the cam chain tensioner. I only looked closely enough to see that they were all <=2012 threads and in my head it just clicked that it was an age / series related change (<=2012 vs >=2014) and didn't notice that it was actually a 650 vs 1000 issue. So now I can go back an look at additional resources that I had previously skipped over thinking that it was the wrong year bike and would not have the "2014+ updated" cams riding on the gear instead of under the chain. I suppose that the chain tensioner was just the hot topic everybody was talking about and it flooded the search results.
2) When I aligned it and bolted down the journal holder and it came up 1 tooth off, I removed the journal holder and set back the gear 1 tooth and it appeared to be equally off. So I went back to check and reset all the other marks (bottom and top) and basically started over. As I watched your video I thought... I don't specifically recall seeing it off, opening it back up, rotating it one tooth and blindly tightening it down again. It was just luck or maybe I was subconsciously favoring the 1 tooth too far clockwise as the closest alignment and each time ended up in the exact same situation (1 tooth too far clockwise).
When I get home (it is currently bolted down 1 tooth too far clockwise), I will first look to see if there is a pin hole available to lock up the scissor gears (for easier re-installation - i.e. no need to compress those springs with the journal holder bolts) and failing that I will just set it back 1 tooth and tighten it up before I even look at the alignment marks. I am hoping that will do the trick...
One other thing I noticed as I was skimming through the tear down portion of your video, you loosened the bolt at the top of the water pump to drain the coolant. Since I didn't check every minute of the tear down, I didn't see / hear whether or not you updated that part of the video. The coolant drain plug is actually not on the water pump, it is in the case. It is the small bolt that faces forward and at an angle towards the ground that is around the corner from the bottom right corner of the water pump. The bolt at the top of the water pump is an air bleed to burp / prime the water pump so it won't spin dry on startup with an air bubble caught in it. At least this is the configuration for the Vee2...
Apologies if someone has already mentioned it and/or you already included in the video's comments, or voiced over an explanation, or added text into a part of the video that I overlooked when skimming. If it hasn't been mentioned, I have attached a screenshot from your video, admittedly not the best frame to use - but I was looking for something quick this morning, that points out the drain plug. I can probably provide an image of the service manual (Vee2) if you are interested (and it isn't contrary to forum policy to post an excerpt from the Suzuki book).
Thanks again for your video, it was very helpful.
Last edited by Grimmer; 06-18-2018 at 01:19 PM.
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