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post #1 of 8 Old 09-17-2009, 05:14 AM Thread Starter
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Valve clearance inspection

Finally got enough courage to take the Wee bike to a dealer. Been putting it off for a loooong time. Valve inspection and adjust as needed. No adjustment needed. All the clearances were right in the middle of the range. Perfect IMHO. This is the first check ever with 38120 kms(23634miles) on the bike. Had them put in Iridium plugs while they were playing in there.
Poor fellow got his hands caught in all my extra wiring in the fairing so the Stebel is very quiet now. Can chase that down soon enough though. Seems to be a little stronger in the upper rev range now with new plugs. Maybe my imagination or not. Was just having fun in the rain and the twisties(my bad).
Gotta say this is a cheap ride to own and operate. Farkles are a different story. LOL.

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-17-2009, 10:42 AM
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Can I ask how much they charged?

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-18-2009, 02:23 AM Thread Starter
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The price was little too much to start with. Seems they had to SPECIAL ORDER the plugs and they only come in a pack of 4. So I was expected to put 2 spare plugs in my pocket and leave with a $311.01 bill in my pocket. I of course refused to pay for 2 more plugs than needed and the service guy managed to figure out how to change the price. 2 Iridium plugs cost $33.98 so the total charge was down to $272.95.
Everythings seems to work except the wiring the tech tore out of the fairing. Some farkles are not working but I was expecting something to happen to my rat's nest of wires.
On a sadder note, I dropped off Lynda's virtually new M-50 when picking up my bike. Just a valve check after break in for peace of mind. We went to get it today. It is still there because now it won't run. What a song and dance they gave us. We better be getting a happy phone call tomorrow. A 4 hour return trip to this dealer is getting old fast and we had hoped for much better results than closer dealers are shovelling out.

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post #4 of 8 Old 09-18-2009, 06:02 AM
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Sorry to hear about Lynda's bike. What a piss-off that you can't get competent service. Its not like they're charging peanuts for the work. At the hourly shop rates they expect you to fork out for, you'd hope there would be someone with, at least, a clue doing the work.

Figure you might be looking for another dealer for your service in the future?

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Thanks for the info WW.

While the price you got doesn't seem too bad the quality of the work done by that dealer sounds woeful indeed.

I adjusted the valves on my Wee last fall because the local dealer couldn't be bothered to call me back with an estimate (after 2 requests).

It took a few days to do the job but I was very careful and triple-checked everything along the way. In the end, I'm glad I did it myself; I wouldn't trust the local dealer to do an oil change (the one time I had them do it they way-overfilled it).

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post #6 of 8 Old 09-18-2009, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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I probably could have just gone to the local small Yammer dealer and watched him do it. We get along fine and he does work on many different makes.

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Oh thank God it is over. Both bikes are running with no parts missing. Just had to re-do some wiring in the Wee fairing, check all the fasteners and let slip we are heading out for a week as of Saturday morn. The Wee actually giggled with glee. Hmm, no that was me and gas. The M is actually up and running again after the tech spent 5.5 hours tracking down a loose connector. It took him far less time to make it loose to begin with. I gave the M a quick oil change a diff oil change so it is happy and ready to rip up the roads too. Catch you in a week folks.

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I sure hope that dealer really did pull the heads and check the valves. I've put a piece of tape across the joint of head and engine to be sure they actually removed it. On more than one occasion, they said they checked them and never disturbed the tape........Bastards!

This is why I do all my own work now. I simply do not trust a "kid in the back" to do it the way I would.

I recently took my lap top computer into a shop for a problem. When I picked it up he said they couldn't duplicate it but charged me $20. Since I never gave him the access code, I was wondering how he ever turned it on. I asked him to turn it on in front of me so we could try to duplicate the problem. When he pushed the power button he realized it had a lock out code. He turned very red and asked for the code. I said "hey, you turned it on to check it, do it again"........He couldn't and admitted he made a mistake charging me $20 for nothing....very embarrassed...........Bastards!

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