GL1800 Valve Adjustment

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GL1800 Valve Adjustment

Post by gliskey » Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:57 am

Honda want $600. for a valve adjustment. I have 32k miles on my 2001 GL and it runs perfect. No valve clatter at all.

Realistically, how many miles should this be done?


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Re: GL1800 Valve Adjustment

Post by bvanemon » Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:35 am

Just did a quick google search where it seems to be 50/50 on weather it needs done or not. Some have had it, done some themselves and other not at all. Ours has 57,000 miles when I had it in for the brake recall I had them flush the brake fluid and asked if its time for a valve check mechanic (not writer) said does it idle smooth YES do you change the oil at 3000 YES do you hear lifter noise NO just timing chain noise, does run like you stole it YES. Drive it just maintain it right.
Not really an answer but I wouldn't at 32,000 on an 01 these machines are really an engineering marvel when you think about it.

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Re: GL1800 Valve Adjustment

Post by MikeB » Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:19 pm

If you have the ability do periodic maintenance yourself, it is pretty simple to do. All you are doing is checking the valve clearance. The GL1800 valve clearance does not loosen up, they get tighter. So replacing shims would be needed if adjustment is necessary. To replace the shims, you will need to refer to page 8-10 for cam shaft removal. Don't let it scare you. It's not complicated.
I checked my 2003 at 58,000 miles and no change my was needed. We did three others (2001, 2002 and a 2006) at our maintenance day this year and only one, the 2006, needed shims. If you do not need to replace any shims, no special tools are needed. About all you will need are aq few basic wrenches, feeler gauges and some silicone seal gasket sealer.
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Re: GL1800 Valve Adjustment

Post by JerriEric » Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:12 pm

This is one maintenance I will not attempt. I had mine checked at 80k and they were all within speck. The mechanic/owner of the shop said he would not check them again. So don't get all wrapped up in having to check them. Of course, maybe I was lucky. He charged me 190 since not adjustment was necessary. I never heard of a Wing having issues because someone did not check their valves. I did it because I got paranoid about them due to the forums I frequent. At 32k I would not worry about having them checked. But I am sure there are others that would say I am crazy. My local Honda dealer wanted 400 to check and 600 if they needed adjustment.

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Re: GL1800 Valve Adjustment

Post by Ghostman » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:35 pm

A dealer told me not to check them before 40,000 based on how many miles I rode a year. So I had them checked at 42,000 for $180.00. If shims needed to be replaced depending on how many that would be added to the cost. Mine needed no replacement so I was good to go. Maybe at 90,000 Ill check them again. i wouldnt get paranoid or let it bug you. Like others have said youll never read about an engine issue due to valves or oil. Honda basically builds a good product.

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Re: GL1800 Valve Adjustment

Post by kfinnie » Mon Sep 01, 2014 7:42 pm

At 91,700 km, just prior to a 10,000+ km trip, I became concerned regarding my 2001 GL1800 valve clearances, as they had never been adjusted. The local shops wanted $350.00 to perform clearance inspection only (and quoted that any adjustment would be @ $100/hr. I am suspicious that they have rarely had to do this). I checked them myself (after spending an afternoon constructing a couple of cam chain de-tensioners). All were within factory spec. I'll re-check over the winter to see what effect my long trip had, but I fully expect them all to be fine.

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