Adjusting Valves


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Adjusting Valves

Postby Keef » Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:35 pm



Can some one tell me when you are supposed to adjust the values on a 97 gl1500 Aspencade. Just bought this one and it has 53,750 miles on it.
I can hear some of them ticking. And can you do it yourself? Hard? Somewhat? Easy? Thanks. New to Wing, 11 years on Shadow Ace.....



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Re: Adjusting Valves

Postby trike lady » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:15 pm

The GL1500 has hydraulic tappets and it may be dirty, worn, stuck or not getting enough oil into it.
When did the bike have its oil changed last?
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Re: Adjusting Values

Postby robb » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:42 pm

Since bike is new to you, might want to get a can of motor oil flush and run for 20-30 minutes. Drain and replace oil and filter and all should quiten down.

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Re: Adjusting Valves

Postby Keef » Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:47 am

To Trike lady, I changed the oil as soon as i got er. So the values are hydraulic does that mean there is no adjustment. Thanks.


So Robb, this flush you just add it to the oil. Should i drain some out first to make it the right level? The bike was setting for about a year.

It run better every day i drive her. Everyday!

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Re: Adjusting Valves

Postby st4r50 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:32 am

Hydraulic valves don't need adjusted.

The flush...you can add some sea foam or other similar product. Follow the instructions on the can. You're not adding a gallon, only a few ounces so you shouldn't get it over full by enough to even tell. But if you're worried you could take a syringe and pull out a couple oz before you add it in. Then change you oil after you run it a little. I usually do it for about 100 miles.

Something else to think about with a "new to you" bike is the typical maintenance...timing belts/tensioners/brake+clutch fluid/differential fluid/fork oil/air filter/cruise + sub filters, spark plugs, etc.
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Re: Adjusting Valves

Postby Keef » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:49 am

Thanks st..... I am going though the whole bike. Thanks 4 the info............

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Re: Adjusting Valves

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:42 am

Yup, I would go with Seafoam. If the tappets are clogged with sludge, they can be prevented from pumping up properly. Seafoam in the crankcase oil will help dissolve and remove that sludge.

With a fresh change of oil, add half a can of Seafoam and run the engine for a good hour+ at various speeds (just go out for a ride). Then change the oil again - you'll be astounded at how much sludge and stuff comes out.

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Re: Adjusting Valves

Postby robb » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:22 am

A good motor flush is more aggressive at cleaning but will require draining an amount near to what size container of flush you use. Run engine for 20-30 minutes and drain while hot. Be amazed at what comes out. This is the suggested method if you are thinking about changing to synthetic.

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Re: Adjusting Valves

Postby Keef » Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:36 pm

Thanks went and got some sea foam today.




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