Valve clearance adjustment poll for those who have done it or had it done - Page 3 - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
Information Vault A place to post polls about members and their bikes as well as published information relevant to V-Stroms, for example, tech reports, dyno charts, brochures, articles etc.

View Poll Results: If you have done at least one valve clearance check or had one done, please answer
I have a 650 and have gone through 3 or more valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 21 3.18%
I have a 650 and have gone through 2 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 49 7.42%
I have a 650 and have gone through 1 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 242 36.67%
I have a 650 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at one check 129 19.55%
I have a 650 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at more than one check 14 2.12%
I have a 1000 and have gone through 3 or more valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 6 0.91%
I have a 1000 and have gone through 2 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 14 2.12%
I have a 1000 and have gone through 1 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 56 8.48%
I have a 1000 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at one check 134 20.30%
I have a 1000 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at more than one check 14 2.12%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 660. You may not vote on this poll

 3Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #21 of 163 Old 11-01-2009, 02:22 AM
$tromtrooper
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Squamish B.C Canada
Posts: 4,451
First and only check at 38,000 kms(23,560 miles). All valves were right in the middle of the adjustment range. Can't complain about that. Done at a dealer who will not be visited again due to other issues.

05 / 650 in blue
88 / KDX 200 in green
81/82 DT 175 Yamahussies
79/SP 370 Suzuki-bad bike-no keep
78/ GT 750 water pumper
75/Suzuki 125 RV
water warrior is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #22 of 163 Old 11-01-2009, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
If you don't trust the dealer, I'd think twice about believing the valve check was actually done. The usual experience is the valves are at the narrow end of the range. It is believed Suzuki either sets them in the middle when new and the initial bedding in moves them there or they are set at the tight end to keep them quiet. Also, variance in the range is typical. All the clearances in the middle sounds fishy to me.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #23 of 163 Old 11-01-2009, 07:40 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Ft Collins, Colorado
Posts: 372
At about 14,000 m my 08 wee was within spec done by an idependant m/c mechanic that's been fixing bike since the 60's

Everyones normal till you get to know them:mod_lol:

2008 Yellow Wee with too many farkles!
jspoon is offline  
 
post #24 of 163 Old 11-01-2009, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by jspoon View Post
At about 14,000 m my 08 wee was within spec done by an idependant m/c mechanic that's been fixing bike since the 60's
That is the most popular answer by 650 owners. All clearances in the middle of the range is something else again.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #25 of 163 Old 11-01-2009, 08:32 PM
Until we meet again
 
Dirt_Dad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 5,421
Quote:
Originally Posted by greywolf View Post
That is the most popular answer by 650 owners.
I'm counting on it being the case when I open up the Wee in the next couple of weeks. I don't have a good understanding of the cam chain tensioner, so if it's not in specs I'll be heading off to the dealer.


2017 XT1200 ES Blue, 2015 XT1200 ES Red, 2012 Yamaha XT250, 2013 Suzuki DR650
Dirt_Dad is offline  
post #26 of 163 Old 11-01-2009, 09:50 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Highveelocity's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Cherry Valley, Ca
Posts: 2,496
My Bike was very noisy and ran rough, I bought it with 2300 miles on it. I checked the valves at 7,500 and found 5 valves that were tight, but still within specs. I loosened them up by .001 and the noises went away and it's running much smoother. It has 20,000 on it now and haven't checked them again.

'05 Silver Wee, Givi crash bars, Scotts dampener, JC top box, Battlewings, Homemade fork brace, GSXR calipers with homemade brackets. TCI Outback luggage System, Mr. Eds Moto custom seat
http://s288.photobucket.com/albums/l...ty/56%20Chevy/
Life, repression, and the pursuit of tax money
Highveelocity is offline  
post #27 of 163 Old 11-03-2009, 03:37 PM
$tromtrooper
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Squamish B.C Canada
Posts: 4,451
Quote:
Originally Posted by greywolf View Post
If you don't trust the dealer, I'd think twice about believing the valve check was actually done. The usual experience is the valves are at the narrow end of the range. It is believed Suzuki either sets them in the middle when new and the initial bedding in moves them there or they are set at the tight end to keep them quiet. Also, variance in the range is typical. All the clearances in the middle sounds fishy to me.
Just when I'd finally got over the frustration of dealing with those clowns. Here's hoping he did more than just tear out the added wiring for farkles inside the fairing. Think I'll take a closer look for tool marks and such.

05 / 650 in blue
88 / KDX 200 in green
81/82 DT 175 Yamahussies
79/SP 370 Suzuki-bad bike-no keep
78/ GT 750 water pumper
75/Suzuki 125 RV
water warrior is offline  
post #28 of 163 Old 11-03-2009, 05:03 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
limobob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Brownsville, oregon
Posts: 329
v

Im on the the "no adjustments/checks ever" schedule. 78K miles now. I would be interested to know if anybody has ever found an adjustment way BELOW the tight side of spec. on a high mileage bike. To me, a check on the tight side of tolerance range is no reason to disturb anything. My 78 KZ 650 had one on the tight side, and it stayed there thru 3 checks, (30K) total. Someone posted a thought that the majority of Stroms have never been checked, I tend to agree. My 2c.

Yellow K3 1000 Cool add ons: Cheap guy cruise control (Cat o ring), ATV heated grips, Little tree pine air freshener
limobob is offline  
post #29 of 163 Old 02-23-2010, 10:57 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 307
one check one adjustment @ 62.3k . five out of 8 needed adjust.
Motorpsycho Jim is offline  
post #30 of 163 Old 02-24-2010, 12:25 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Jstrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Western NY
Posts: 984
Question Huh?

Quote:
Originally Posted by LordSmoke View Post
The dealer declined when I requested the first one. I did it myself a few months ago at about 28k. Still in spec, so it must have been in spec had the first one been done. I chose 2 with no adjustment needed.
The dealer declined? What kind of lame ass outfit is it? I do my own (motorcycle service tech - 30 yrs exp.)

[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]K7 Wee, rebuilt like new and then some after collision with deer and mildly farkled.
Jstrom is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome