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post #1 of 11 Old 04-11-2006, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Post-service question *updated*

Yesterday I had the Wee serviced at the dealer where I bought it. $47 for plugs, air filter, valve clearance check, and throttle body sync. I supplied the parts, which included swapping the CR8EK plugs from the 1000. They actually did everything, or so it looked that way. I placed a bead of nail polish on each cyl. head cover and it was broken, so they either had them off or cracked the bead to look like it. They said that everything was in spec and gave me the readings, and gave me back the old parts. The bike has 6200 miles on it. A little early for the valve check but a few others have said theirs were too tight, so I figured better safe than sorry.

Now the bike seems louder. It could just be me, but I don't think so. The airbox sounds like its open. Unless the dirty old filter was plugged enough to quiet it down. It also seems to have more roll on power, from about 3500 to 6500 RPM under a load.

Has anyone else noticed this after having this service performed? I'm just wondering if I should take it apart myself and double check everthing.
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If they did all that for $47 you got a bargan. I would bet that would be $200+ from my dealer. It is a lot of work to get to the filter not to mention the valve check.
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Yeah, they misquoted me the price, and then actually stuck to it.
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[quote="spongebob218"] $47 for plugs, air filter, valve clearance check, and throttle body sync. quote] :shock: :shock: :shock: Out of curiosity, what was the real quote? FWIW, I recently did all those things (plus added a K&N air filter) and didn't notice the bike being louder. Did your earplugs fall out by chance? :wink: IMHO, if you're airbox was open I'd think you'd notice a significant decline in bike performance.

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A new air filter might change the sound. Lift the tank and take a look if you're worried but I think Stromette is right about no filter making performance worse, not better.

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Finally got around to taking everything apart myself to double check the dealers work. I wasn't in a hurry (its been a month and a half), because the bike has been running fine. They changed the spark plugs, checked the clearances on the valves, and checked the throttle body sync.

They also changed the air filter, BUT they didn't put the seal back on the new filter when they installed it. The seal is reusable and doesn't come with the new filter. So there was some air bypassing the filter instead of going through it, and therefore the extra noise. The dealer ordered the part and said they'd call me when it comes in so I can go pick it up free of charge.
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I'm in your general area. Can you tell me which dealer you've been working with? Do you still have the tank off? If not, they should do the replacement for you since it was their mistake. Save you some time maybe.

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you wrote the dealer gave back to you the used parts.
I am interested in how the old spark plugs look like (the sparking end of course).

Would you post a pic on them? Also what mileage they have run?

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I would check to make sure they put the rubber gasket seal from the old filter onto the new one. If there is no gasket, it could make it slightly louder. I also think that the additional air leaking in could give you more power. Although unfiltered.

If your old filter was significantly clogged, then a new one may provide a noticeable increase in power.

More air=more power IMHO. That's why K&N filters might give a slight power advantage.

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