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post #1 of 4 Old 01-17-2011, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Attempt 15,000 Service

Coming up on 15,000 miles. 06 wee. Would like to attempt the service on my own. What is recommended. Is a valve check/adjustment out of the question w/o any prior knowledge or experience with it?

Already replaced brake fluid/coolant oil/filter changes, checked air filter a while back

What else is essential? Replace filter/spark plugs other I would like to become more intimate with the bike as I find her quite attractive

I currently do not own a torque wrench. any links or advice will be appreciated
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-18-2011, 12:47 AM
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A valve check is relatively easily accomplished, and really ought to be done at this time. Most checks at this stage are either good, or some may need to be re-shimmed. But once it is set at around 15-16,000 miles you should be good to go for 30 and 45,000 checks.

There is a lot of 650 valve check info both here and on VSRI. Get a service manual if you don't have one already, and combine it with the tribal can't go wrong.

The most important application of a torque wrench is on the cam covers; too little and they'll loosen up, too much and they shear the bolts when you start it.

If you have to adjust shims, make sure you pull one cam at a time. There is a neat trick to trip the cam chain tensioner without having to remove it (the rear cylinder tensioner is pretty inaccessible), so that you can lift out one cam at a time if needed. Secure the cam chain to the other cam gear with a small tie-wrap, just to make sure it doesn't move. Get the intakes set and reinstall the cam, then tackle the exhausts if needed or vice-versa.

Besides any shims needed, you'll need a gallon of coolant to replace what you drain out. For the shims, I signed up for a loaner program on VSRI; a small fee for shims used and shipping to the next person.

I've done 2 DL650's and my DL1000, and it's not a bad job at all. Just read the manual before, during and after the check.

And save the beer for when she's buttoned back up!

As for other maintenance, a throttle body synch and throttle position sensor adjustment is also easily accomplished on an 06 and earlier 650. And you should be due to replace stock plugs; I went with iridium.

I'd offer to come down and help, but TPA is a bit of a haul from here!

Good luck!

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-19-2011, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hey thanks, it's gonna be fun.

I'd be willing to pay to have someone help me through it. Would rather learn how to do it then just letting the dealership $$$ do it w/o knowing if anything were actually done

I am starting to gather my info, I do have the pdf manual, need torque wrench.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-20-2011, 04:33 AM
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I'm also in the Tampa area and need this done soon.

Any chance of some of the more experienced Tampa bay area guys getting together on a weekend to do a work-day and go over some maintenance items?

Dave in Land O Lakes
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