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post #1 of 11 Old 11-08-2019, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Valve adjustment yes or no?

I own a 2018 bl1000.
Should I really do the 20,000 km valve adjustment?
From experience, what are the chances that the valves are off?

After all itís a pricy service ...
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-08-2019, 04:25 PM
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It's due at 24,000kms not 20,000kms as far as I know.
I got mine checked last week and pondered the same question. Most recommended doing the first check and if they are still in spec don't worry about them for a while.

It seems highly unlikely they are out, but it does happen. It was worth it for me for peace fo mind.

BTW, mine did not need adjustment.

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I had both my 2014 V2s checked and one had three tight valves and the other was in spec. If I had left them, I would have burned a couple of valves in the one. You think the inspection is pricey, wait till you start replacing valves. It just isn't worth it. Besides, who wants to be out in the middle of nowhere when things start going south. Grit your teeth and get it done, then you'll have piece of mind and a grin on your face!
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-08-2019, 07:11 PM
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Different bike here , I have a 2017 wee with 15,000 miles and I am doing the valve adjustments right now. All four of my exhaust valves were at the minimum spec and all four of the intake valves are at the middle of their ranges. It is not worth the risk, get it done or do it yourself.
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-08-2019, 07:18 PM
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Do it yourself. Its easier for the DL1000 since you don't have to content with the cam chain. Just magic mark the position of both gears in relation to an easy visible reference point.

You can buy individual shims (if it needs adjusting) from Rocky Mountain ATV.

Do a coolant change at the same time. Front cylinder access is much easier with the radiator removed.

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Checked my 2018 1000 at 16K. One was out and a couple were close. Adjusted 6 of the 8 to middle or more. I'll wait until 50 K (30K now)to do it again.

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I'd say the first one is the most important one, they tend to tighten (exhaust mostly) the most during that first interval.

if you do it yourself and have to change any shims, make sure to measure and record all the shims sizes and locations so the next time you only have to mess with the cams once.

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post #8 of 11 Old 11-08-2019, 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Suzuki410 View Post
I own a 2018 bl1000.
Should I really do the 20,000 km valve adjustment?
From experience, what are the chances that the valves are off?

After all it’s a pricy service ...
it's due at 24,000km not 20,000. My dealer recommended waiting to 30k as he said he's never seen one be out at 24k. I do my own work, and will do it around 29k as I have nothign better to do in the middle of winter haha

You are going to be looking at doing throttle body sync, spark plugs and air filter, as part of the service as well so if you are doing that it's not a ton more work to do a Valve CHECK. The adjustment is only if they need to be. Also tell them to reuse the gaskets, they will be fine.

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post #9 of 11 Old 11-08-2019, 11:03 PM
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I have no idea what the warranty is on your bike, but if you do not do the valve check, and you burn a valve after the check point while the bike is in warranty, I'm reasonably sure you would not be covered.
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-09-2019, 07:25 AM
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On the wee, the general consensus is that setting the valves at maximum clearance will preclude having to check them again for the first 100k miles. I did my wee valves at 30k miles and the exhaust were within spec on the tight side. I set all eight as loose as spec would allow.

I haven't done the research to determine whether this is the case on the vee (heavier valves). Anyone have a sense of whether this still holds?

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