Cost of a routine valve adjustment?


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ediehl
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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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Re: Cost of a routine valve adjustment?

Post by Wingsconsin » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:02 pm

ediehl wrote:
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...
That seems to be about he correct rate around me too...
I had mine checked at 35,000 miles - there was 2 valves needing adjustment
Many say it doesn;t need anything but my experience is different -
Now I am good to go to 70,000 miles --
About 2¢ per mile ... :roll:
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Re: Cost of a routine valve adjustment?

Post by FM-USA » Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:38 pm

$680.00... looks like it PAYS YOURSELF to learn how to do that valve adjustment.

My XS1100 had bucket shims. Actually rather simple system.
Check all the valves lash, mark it down. Clean the shims with carb-cleaner BEFORE removal and tape mark which bucket number they came from. NEVER KNOW when you'll stub your toe on the table :o , or kids come in to play tiddly winks... :shock:
Scan which is too tight (usually never) which are out of speck. Look on the underside and you'll see some numbers. .027 .032 ETC. Switch the shims that make "X" in speck then trot down to your local Yam-Store and buy just the size(s) you need.
In 79,000 miles I needed one shim. But A NICE mechanic exchanged it for free.
FYI: I didn't do this but know one who did. Back when I wrenched Yamaha's, one mechanic kid added a .003 shim under a valve shim, after a few 10's of K's miles that cylinder started backfiring. Material loaded up between the shim and valve shim causing it to grow thicker, kinda like an OREO cookie. WOOPS! :roll:
They're designed to rotate in the bucket to help clear out any material.

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