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post #1 of 14 Old 10-08-2010, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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How much time to allow for Valve Adjustment

DL650K5 For those that have done yours --Roughly how much time does it take? This will be my first time and holding a tech day but wondering how much should I plan for it - I may delay that actual portion as I'm planning on riding in mid afternoon. I've bought all the equipment, have the hard copy service manual , printed out notes from the maintence section, bought a shim kit, micrometer, feelers, and whatnot. i'm thinking 4 hrs. I've never done this type of service before. Your experiences??

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It will depend on whether you need to install shims or not and how many camshafts have to come out. I would set aside a full day for a first attempt.

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It's not terribly difficult. Intimidating? Yes, but the work isn't that difficult.

If I'd had the shims I needed on hand, and if I had applied enough sealant to get the valve cover gaskets to seal, mine would have taken about 6 hours. Because of the afore-mentioned issues, and the fact that I couldn't get the throttle bodies balanced on my homemade manometer (too short to support the HUGE imbalance I had) afterwards while synching the throttle bodies, it took me three days to get the job done and the bike buttoned back up.

The first time is a little intimidating. Subsequent attempts will surely be much better. I'd say 4 hours for just the valve check/adjustment.
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yeah. definitely set aside an entire day if it is your first go at it. There is a lot of dismantling and reinstalling that eats up time rather quickly. I could probably do one in a couple of hours now, but I've also done it about 4 times on various bikes.

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You had to apply sealant to the valve cover gaskets? Why? The only place you would need sealant is the half moons, but they shouldn't come out when you take the cover off. The gasket should stay on the cylinder head. I'm guessing the gasket came off entirely when you removed the cover.

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Make sure that you have the correct diameter shims. I had everything I thought I would need including a shim kit and the diameter was too large. I had the ones for the 450 dirt bikes and if I recall correctly it takes the smaller ones like a 250 dirt bike. Where on the Central Coast are you located? I am in the Santa Maria area.
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Yes, my half-moons came out with the gaskets, which stuck to the vaove cover (the way they're supposed to). I had new ones to replace them anyways. I'll probably re-use them the next time since it appears that the old gasket sealant stuck to the head, not to the gasket. But I wanted to have all my bases covered this time (as best I could anyways...)

And the shims you need are 9.44mm diameter. (There's another wasted brain cell on that useless tidbit...)
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...And the shims you need are 9.44mm diameter. (There's another wasted brain cell on that useless tidbit...)
Reprogram that braincell. The correct size for the DL650 is the 7.48mm diameter shim.

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9.48mm is the DL1000

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Reprogram that braincell. The correct size for the DL650 is the 7.48mm diameter shim.

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9.48mm is the DL1000
Nope. Now I just wasted another brain cell on the wee's shim size... Drat!!

I missed that we were talking about a wee... Not sure how as it's right in the opening line...
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It took me longer to strip off all the plastics, tank, radiator (I couldn't fit my hands in with it just rotated), etc. than to do the actual job.

The actual job is 4 bolts to remove the covers and a little work with a feeler gauge. If something's out of spec, then obviously it's a little more involved. Add a strong magnet to your tool list for the job, too. It will make it very easy to pull the buckets and shims out if you need to.

The time is getting it to the point where you can do that, and then putting it all back together. If you've done a lot of your own wrenching and can strip everything down quickly, and if everything is in spec, I think 4 hours is a reasonable estimate.
If you've never had your tank and plastics off, and if you need to pull camshafts, a day might be pushing it.

DISCLAIMER: I did mine, but I ride a Vee. I don't know if there are significant differences between the two (besides the chain vs. gear-driven camshafts). It was the first time I stripped my bike down, and it took a full day +.
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Sorry to add on to the thread but where did you get your shim kit? There is one at bike bandit for under $40. I belive 5 each of 6 sizes. Is something like that appropriate or do I need a bigger selection? Hot Cams Valve Shim Kit Refill Package (7.48mm OD) - BikeBandit.com
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