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post #1 of 5 Old 11-12-2003, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Checking Valve Clearances


I would like to check the vavle tolerances.(25,000 km). My shop says that most bikes do not need to be adjusted for the first check. Considering this I would like to check the valves myself and if they need an adjustment I will have a shop do it. I have a shop manual for the bike. My question is what are the complications I may run into doing this job.

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-12-2003, 02:26 PM
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checking the valves

You shouldn't run into any complications other than patience and time needed to get to the valves. You don't need any special tools - once you are there - chances are - there will only be 1 or 2 that need to be replaced/exchanged. At this point - it would be a shame to put it back together and take it to a dealer...
post #3 of 5 Old 11-12-2003, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info.

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post #4 of 5 Old 12-16-2003, 09:43 PM
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I just finished the adjustment on mine, a little late at 19k miles. All the valves were at the tight end, and several were out of spec, so I replaced all the shims.

I would say if you've got it apart far enough to check the clearance, its not much more work to change out the shims. You simply have to be careful to keep track of which shims go where, and what size you need for replacement. What I do is put each shim in a ziplock sandwich baggie, and mark on the baggie which valve it came from, and the proper size for the replacement. Then take all your baggies to the dealer and get the correct shims.

Its a simple job, just a little tedious, and I would definitely suggest you have a service manual. The only really annoying part of the job is that the wiring harness runs right next to the cam cover on the rear cylinder, making it tough to get the cam cover off and on; and tricky to see that the alignment is correct on the exhaust cam.
post #5 of 5 Old 01-24-2005, 01:21 PM
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I just checked by valve adjustments for the firs tim at 19,000 miles. All were witin spec. no adjustments needed
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