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Old 02-19-2006, 01:38 PM   #1
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Valve adjustment pains

I just finished the 16,000 mile service for the bike. The dreaded valve adjustment was part of it. I didnt want to do it but last time I had a shop do it they charged me 300 dollars to tell me they were all in spec, what a waste. so I did it myself...lord, what a pain in the . it's not particularly hard, but it's freaking time consuming because you have to tear the bike apart and then get parts (shims and gaskets) mid-job. it basically took me all saturday morning to take apart the bike and measure the valve clearances, then I had to call and run around town to find a shop that carried shims in stock.

I have to plug Wild West Honda here, they carried every shim I needed and the shop was willing to trade for my old ones! sweet. I'm glad I did it, I had 8 out of 16 valves way out of adjustment...with 2 exhaust cam lobes almost down to the tappets. makes me wonder if that shop did anything to the bike? the trickiest bit is getting the intake cam to settle in while bolting the cam cover on...you have to bolt this thing down while making sure the cam chain stays in place so that the timing will be right. it wants to pop right up because two intake lobes are trying to press down two valve tappets. a balancing act, but patience pays off.

so...yes it takes time, but it's worth it. the bike runs really well now, just started it up 5 minutes ago the difference from before is unreal. Just make sure you can devote parts of two days to it and check with the shop to see if they carry your shims.
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Old 02-19-2006, 01:43 PM   #2
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I did the same to mine a few months ago, but now i havto synch the carbs...that's a pain too.
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Old 02-19-2006, 02:04 PM   #3
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Old 02-19-2006, 02:13 PM   #4
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time to move up to the FI 636.
Dont you have to adjust your valves too? just not as frequently, right.

I'm keeping this bike for a while I really like the ergos and trackability. It's a real bargain, I paid 3900 for this thing with 4000 miles on it one year ago and it still runs the same as when I bought it. saving up for some suspension and a jet kit, but with the tune up done I'm ready for track days starting in march.
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Dont you have to adjust your valves too? just not as frequently, right.

I'm keeping this bike for a while I really like the ergos and trackability. It's a real bargain, I paid 3900 for this thing with 4000 miles on it one year ago and it still runs the same as when I bought it. saving up for some suspension and a jet kit, but with the tune up done I'm ready for track days starting in march.
IMO the money your going to be spending upgarding the suspension and then getting a jet kit and probaly full system is money you could use for a down payment for the 06 or maybe a 03-04 636. i had a 2001 which i bought in 2002 for $4800 with 2k miles and yeah it had sentimental value since i rebuilt and spent hours working on it, but the upgrade to the 04 636 i have can not be compared.

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Old 02-19-2006, 04:33 PM   #6
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I should really check my valves as well, hit 16k miles 2k miles ago... Plus I think I am suppose to change the $15 spark plugs as well.

Just be happy that you didn't drop a shim... that could have extended the operation even longer. When I adjusted the valves on my 400cc ATV K's in Humble told me over the phone that they exchange shims but when I arrived with shims in hand they politely told me that the shim box was misplaced and they couldn't find it...BS.

Did you replace the auto cam chain tensioner, is it making rattling noises? Patrick can set you up with a APE for $89 if you need one and don't mind turning a few wrenches. Quieted my bike tremendously.
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Old 02-19-2006, 06:04 PM   #8
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IMO the money your going to be spending upgarding the suspension and then getting a jet kit and probaly full system is money you could use for a down payment for the 06 or maybe a 03-04 636. i had a 2001 which i bought in 2002 for $4800 with 2k miles and yeah it had sentimental value since i rebuilt and spent hours working on it, but the upgrade to the 04 636 i have can not be compared.
yes I know...but I own the sucker outright, no payments. the last thing I want to do right now is the following:

a) be in debt
b) pay full coverage insurance

Eventually I'll get the newer bikes, but this one fits my needs right now as a comfortable street bike and fast enough track bike. I'll probably keep this one until it dies, I really like it. My goal is to have a newer ZX-10 or ZX-6R to go with some sort of street bike, naked or what not. But I can wait.
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Old 02-19-2006, 06:05 PM   #9
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Definitely need to synch your carbs or throttle bodies anytime after you adjust your valves.
For those of you needing shims we keep most of them in stock.


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I did my valves a while back and they were all in spec. A bunch of work but worth knowing they are good and not forking out $300 for some body else to tell me thanks for the money, chump!!!!!
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I wish I knew how to tune my own bike, and do my own valve job. I'm about to shovel out $500 for the old Hurricane for a tune up and valve job. Can't complain though, I keep hearing that I will have a different bike once this is done. Some people from when we met at Pizza Extreme in the Woodlands thought that they could basiclly ride past the old Cane, but some found out the hard way that newer bikes out running the old is a myth. Can't wait to see how the bike runs after I get this stuff done. Watch out fellas, there is a Hurricane in Houston..........lol Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!
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yes I know...but I own the sucker outright, no payments. the last thing I want to do right now is the following:

a) be in debt
b) pay full coverage insurance

Eventually I'll get the newer bikes, but this one fits my needs right now as a comfortable street bike and fast enough track bike. I'll probably keep this one until it dies, I really like it. My goal is to have a newer ZX-10 or ZX-6R to go with some sort of street bike, naked or what not. But I can wait.

fyi, if you get the kawi card and you finance under $10k you wont need full coverage, just liability. just a heads up.
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