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post #1 of 6 Old 11-19-2010, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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Valve Adjustment Frequency between Wee & Vee

I am not real mechanical so forgive my obvious ignorance.

When I read between the DL1000 (Vee) and DL650 (Wee) forums it appears that the Vee seems to require Valve Adjustments a lot more often than on the Wee.

I am curious as to why. Is it because of the torque and horsepower? Or is there a different design between the Vee and Wee valve arrangements?

Or Is it just my perception of what I read that the DL1000 requires more Valve Adjustments?

My DL650 at approx 49,000 was still dead center in specs when checked a couple months ago.

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Bigger engines have more valve contact area and more hot gasses moving through as well as heavier valves and valve springs. The Wee engine having a newer design might also be involved.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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49,000 was still dead center in specs when checked ...
i ran DL1 60,000 miles before checking the first time. found 5 out of 8 out of spec..

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I last checked my valves around 190,000km, they were still good and have yet to have even one adjusted since new.

During the winter I will again check them.....

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Bigger engines have more valve contact area and more hot gasses moving through as well as heavier valves and valve springs. The Wee engine having a newer design might also be involved.
Greywolf -- thanks for the explanation.

I have been thinking about changing to the DL1000 and have been researching it abit more. Not wanting something too maintenance intensive.

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Be aware it is easier to change the shims in a DL1000. The cam chain is not disturbed in the process.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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