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I want to say thanks to Black Lab for great instructions on how to do valve check.
2007 DL-650 Valve Check and Adjustment « Black Lab Adventures

My DL650K8 is at 14100 and i did the check yesterday.
I did remove the radiator and flush the coolant. I also replaced the spark plugs with iridium ones.
The results are:

Front
Ex:0.30 0.30
In: 0.15 0.15

Rear
In: 0.18 0.15
Ex: 0.30 0.30

All are within specs (intake 0.10-0.20 exhaust 0.20-0.30).
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I want to say thanks to Black Lab for great instructions on how to do valve check.
Thank you for the "Thank You"!

I am glad that I could be of help to you!

Sincerely,

Barry B.
 

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Thanks...

Thanks for the great info on valve clearances. I did a 'practice run' today removing all the plastic (what a pain!) changing the coolant and checking the plugs, but not actually doing the valves as I couldn't find your instructions before I started. I'll repeat the process soon for the valves. By the way I checked the plugs and they were perfect - OEM and with 35,000km (20,000 plus miles). No need to spend $60 to replace.

I fully expect the clearances to be in spec.

Cheers, Jim
 

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I read dogs how to... Wow... what a pita it looks like. the 04 has this same bucket style adjustment for valves?? I'm betting yes. :(
 

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K I've read the manual 3 times now. There is nothing about how to do a valve check in it for an 04. However the instructions are fairly straight forward so far off black dogs website. Just getting the generator thing... left side or right side of bike?
 

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Just getting the generator thing... left side or right side of bike?
Turn the engine counterclockwise using the access on the left side of the bike.
 

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ok... i have covers off both sides of the motors and the top piece that covers the cams are exposed. Unfortunately a 04 manual covers nothing on how to do a valve inspection. I'm assuming I do it with the cover for the cams on. With tdc somehow via the generator side for front of motor? This correct? Sorry, big dogs website is great but getting hindered by not enough information. :(

edit: nevermind... youtube seems to have solution. ;)
 

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You should really have a service manual to do the job. Proper alignment of F and R marks along with the cam position being correct for being on the compression stroke rather than 180 degrees off are required. That's page 2-8 in the service manual. http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,3595.0.html can also help.
 

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2-8 in an 04 manual is gage cluster. I'm telling ya, I've read the thing three times and looked in the back. Valve inspection is not specified. However thanks for the link. All are in spec except front right intake, managed to slip .202 under it.:headbang: but not next one up. Can I get away with the .002?
 

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It won't cause any damage.
 

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Below is copy-paste page of K4 manual, I've highlighted clearances, they are there. Read challenged?

2-8 PERIODIC MAINTENANCE
SPARK PLUG AND PLUG CAP INSTALLATION
I CAUTION I
Before using a spark plug wrench, carefully turn the
spark plug by finger into the threads of the cylinder
head to prevent damage the aluminum threads.
Install the spark plugs to the cylinder heads by finger tight,
and then tighten them to the specified torque.
Spark plug: 11 N-m (1.1 kgf-m, 8.0 Ib-ft)
NOTE:
When fitting the spark plug caps, front and rear, face the triangle
mark @ on the water-proof cover to each cylinder exhaust side.
VALVE CLEARANCE
I Inspect every 24 000 krn (15 000 miles, 48 months). I
Remove the seat. (-7-4)
Lift and support the fuel tank. (-5-7)
Remove the spark plugs. (-2-6)
Remove the cylinder head covers.
The valve clearance specification is
exhaust valves.
different for intake and
Valve clearance must be checked and adjusted, 1) at the time of
periodic inspection, 2) when the valve mechanism is serviced,
and 3) when the camshafts are disturbed by removing them for
servicing.
Valve clearance (when cold)
IN. : 0.10 - 0.20 mm (0.004 - 0.008 in)
EX. : 0.20 - 0.30 mm (0.008 - 0.012 in)

NOTE:
* The valve clearance should be taken when each cylinder is at
Top Dead Center (TDC) of compression stroke.
* The cams (IN & EX) on the front cylinder at position @ show
the front cylinder at TDC of compression stroke.
* The cams (IN & EX) on the rear cylinder at position @$ show
the rear cylinder at TLIC of compression stroke.
* The clearance specification is for COLD state.
* To turn the crankshaft for clearance checking, be sure to use a
17-mm wrench, and rotate in the normal running direction. All
spark plugs should be removed.
 

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That is the same as my manual reads. The following pages and references along with the posts here and at VSRI contain all the info needed to do the job.
 

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The spec is 0.20mm max for an intake. 0.008" is a metric to English conversion, not a different spec. Passing a 0.008" or 0.203mm gauge but not a 0.009" or 0.229" puts it so little above the spec it won't cause any damage, like I said. In fact, chances are it wouldn't pass a 0.21mm gauge either giving it a measurement that would technically pass the spec. I'd leave it alone. Once broken in, valve clearances on shim and bucket valves only get narrower.
 
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