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post #1 of 11 Old 06-17-2006, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Where to buy valve shims?

I just tore my Wee apart to check the clearances. One exhaust valve is too tight. I went up to my friendly local dealer to buy shims, and here is the responses I got:

Valve Shims? Aw F*CK!
What's it for?
That's a Yamaha, right?
Are you sure it's a Suzuki? I thought it was a Yamaha.
(Now I know I'm in the wrong place, talking to the wrong dude.)
Don't have em. I'll check the our service shop next door.

Nobody there had a clue, either, but they said they could order some. They did try to call a couple people that might know something about valve shims, but at 4:30 on Saturday, no luck.

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I left, half amused & half p/o'ed. I'm assuming these people are idiots & I should simply try another local dealer. ?Right?

Searching here, it sounds like they are a common size, even used in Kawa's & Hondas.

The dealer I was at is Macomb Power Sports in Clinton Twp Michigan. They sell Suzuki, Honda, Kawa, and more...... Just expanded their parts dept. :roll:
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-27-2006, 10:04 AM
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Do you know what shims you need?

Ron Ayers stocks them. They are $4.62 each.

Does anyone have an idea which ones would be good to have sitting around the shop?

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I got on the horn & called all my local dealers. ONE actually stocks shims.

Warren Suzuki if anybody near Detroit needs them.
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This is the first time I have ever heard of a Wee needing a Valve adjustment. How many miles does it have?

650...Anything more than a handfull is wasted
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-28-2006, 09:51 AM
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My Etown Yamaha/Suzuki dealer is like this. I'll have to either chance it with the local Honda dealer, or go to the next town where I bought my bike -- they're pretty good. I'd use Ron Ayers more often if the shipping wasn't so high :shock:

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post #6 of 11 Old 07-25-2006, 10:20 PM
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Unbelievable! Then again, not so unbelievable. I asked the parts manager at Shawmut hills in GR if he had a Scottoiler and he looked at me sideways!

WHO THE HELL WORKS AT A DEALERSHIP AND DOESN'T KNOW WHAT A VALVE SHIM IS? Holy crapola! Either a completely untrained new guy or an idiot!

DUH...what's a sprocket? :roll:

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post #7 of 11 Old 07-26-2006, 08:41 AM
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DUH...what's a sprocket? :roll:




Ain't that what George Jetson was in charge of when he worked at Spacely Sprockets?

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I've heard this same story or had a similar experience enough times that I'm beginning to wonder: Do dealerships actually do valve adjustments? If they charge you for the adjustment but don't stock shims (or even know what they are), how can they be adjusting valves?
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-29-2006, 11:41 AM
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I am going through the same thing. I went to the local Suz/Kaw/Yam dealer and said I need valve shims for a DL-1000.



The kid looked at me and said "who makes that?" :shock:

Is it any wonder they didn't have the shims? I ordered some from Ohio Wheelsport http://www.187rideeasy.com/fiche_select.asp . They have the cheapest stock parts that I've seen for a while....
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-31-2006, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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It had about 13k on it at the time. 2 valves perfect- right in the middle of the spec range.

2 were slightly out.

I don't remember which were in/out spec.

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