Cost of a routine valve adjustment?

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Cost of a routine valve adjustment?

Post by ediehl » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:12 pm

I'm wondering if my local shop is excessive in their fees. I just paid $680 for a valve adjustment on my '08 GL1800---nothing else, just the valves. The invoice said it took 6 hours, and the valve gaskets were $24 each. I can see it taking me six hours, but a pro mechanic? Probably be the last time I take the Wing in for valve adjustment...

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Re: Cost of a routine valve adjustment?

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:52 pm

that shop uses "Book Rate" as nearly all mechanics do.

that is the only way they can make any money and survive.

we don't like it, but it is a fact of life.

Bookrate at the shop across the street from me is $85/hour for straight labor.

specific repairs, go by "the book listed rate" per the manufacturer.

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Re: Cost of a routine valve adjustment?

Post by landisr » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:54 pm

I could see that coming. That's why I've never considered an 1800, either flavor. The negligible 'performance gain' does not justify the maintenance hassle and cost, IMHO.

Granted, the gains in other areas have made the newer bikes better, but they could easily have kept the hydraulic valve adjustment. IIRC, the early Valkeries have a higher redline than the 1800s..

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Re: Cost of a routine valve adjustment?

Post by Scooter363y » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:49 pm

Somehow I got to wonder about the Honda engineers.
In both the 1200 and the 1500 wings there were nice self adjusting valve systems

In the 1800 there is a over complicated shim under bucket system requiring an enormous amount time and effort ($) to check and adjust. This system is typically used in very high 10,000-16,000 Reving applications. Why would this system be used on a bike that will be used in a low reving long distance machine with a 6,000 rpm redline. Come on Honda please use some common sense.

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