First time valve adjuster with question


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First time valve adjuster with question

Postby PAPete » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:56 pm



Well, thanks to Dan's great tutorial, I was able to adjust the valves today. I should have turned it over by hand a couple times before firing it up, but I forgot. Guess none of them is too tight because the engine is still in one piece. Won't have a chance to ride it until tomorrow.

The "tightness" in the clearances was not uniform; so, since I'm completely inexperienced, I just tightened each one enough to scratch the feeler gauge, then backed it off just enough that the feeler would slip in and out without scratching, but not easily either. Does this sound like a good way to do it? What should it sound like?

I still need to re-sync the carbs, which I'll do tomorrow.


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Re: First time valve adjuster with question

Postby thrasherg » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:21 pm

That sounds correct, you should be able to push the feeler gauge in between the cam and the valve with a little bit of friction. Sounds like that is exactly what you did. Worst case you made them a bit loose, which means they have a little more clearance, it is always better to err on the side of too loose than too tight.. I don't think you will have any problems..

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Re: First time valve adjuster with question

Postby RoadRogue » Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:09 pm

I always adjust the valve clearance by tightening not loosening,because of the slack in the threads of the adjusting screws.If you set it too tight just back it off a full turn and tighten till its right.more accurate in my opinion
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Re: First time valve adjuster with question

Postby PAPete » Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:38 pm

Well, I rode it today, after the valve adjustment yesterday, and I could not believe the difference. Much more responsive, in the low range especially. I should add that I also corrected the idle mixture so that it now idles at about 1000 rpm instead of 5-600 rpm. Not sure whether that adjustment may be part of the improvement. Anyone know?

Didn't get around to a carb sync today -- not really sure it needs it, but I will check it anyway, since the valves were adjusted. The bike is now running better than it has in the 10 years that I've owned it. Still think there's an air-cutoff problem, but that's going to have to wait until September. Thanks to all for your opinions and assistance.
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Re: First time valve adjuster with question

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:53 pm

Any time you touch the valves, you really need to re-sync the carbs, as they are all connected (not literally). I think if you sync the carbs, you'll be surprised at how much better and smoother (especially off idle) your bike runs.

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Re: First time valve adjuster with question

Postby PAPete » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:12 pm

WingAdmin wrote:Any time you touch the valves, you really need to re-sync the carbs, as they are all connected (not literally). I think if you sync the carbs, you'll be surprised at how much better and smoother (especially off idle) your bike runs.


Yes, I ran out of time before we left on a 5 week trip -- not on the bike -- so I plan to sync the carbs after I return in mid-September. Thanks for your comments.


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