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post #11 of 14 Old 02-16-2019, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Glad this has become a good resource for folks, although I'm still having a local very well respected/trusted mechanic do mine.

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post #12 of 14 Old 02-17-2019, 11:51 AM
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I just finished doing the valves on my 2004 Wee, using this very article as a resource......good photos, very helpful. All eight shims had to be replaced to one a bit thinner. Luckily, my local bike shop was very kind enough to loan me their shim selection for a few days......they are mainly into sleds these days, so no hardship on their part. But still, support your local shops, it will pay dividends down the road.

Naturally, replaced the spark plugs, antifreeze, & oil and filter while the body parts had been excavated.

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post #13 of 14 Old 02-17-2019, 02:29 PM
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I just read through this linked article and it is a really good guide for anyone who is gearing up to do a valve check/adjustment. My only comment on the procedure is that I would not use so much gasket sealant on the half-moons. It is not necessary and once dried it is difficult to clean on the next service and you risk tearing or marring the gasket which is reusable if handled with care. Also, the next time you pull the cover a small chunk could break off and get into the motor. This actually happened when I did my recent valve adjust since the previous mechanic gooped up the half-moons with sealant. I had to spend some time carefully cleaning the gasket and fishing chunks of sealant that fell into the crevices of the cylinder head. If you don't catch these they could circulate with the oil and possibly plug an oil passage or oil jet or could wedge the cam chain tensioner mechanism. When I button up the valve covers I just use a tiny bit of sealant at the corner of the half-moons (circled in red in the second picture) which is where they are prone to leak so that is all you need seal. I usually apply it with a toothpick or an opened paper clip and I put a small stripe of sealant right in the corner, no need to slather it on as shown in this picture.
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post #14 of 14 Old 02-19-2019, 10:01 PM
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" I was wondering what Scotch had to do with valve adjustments and why you would need to peel it."

Scotch is what I have while a very capable mechanic friend does the check and adjustment of my valves. He does this stuff for a living and i don't have to second guess myself.
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