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Is it worth the $$ to have valve adjustments?

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Old 03-21-2011, 05:44 PM
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Default Is it worth the $$ to have valve adjustments?

I know the manual says 16k, my bike has 15500 or so. I've read many previous post regarding this and most agree that at 16k the valves are all set still. Just want to get some more reassurance before I send the bike to the shop to get tuned up. I really would rather put the money in the bike other ways.
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:57 PM
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is your bike losing performance a lot? can you hear a loud tick from your valves? if you answer no to these i would not.
 
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:58 PM
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Mine did not need adjustment at 16K. Yours might. Most likely the shop will still charge you for the adjustment b/c they are opening it up to do the work. It all depends on the shop. Just ask them up front if a full charge applies even if no adjustment is needed.

Also, you don't necessarily need a new valve cover gasket either. Many times the gaskets are in great condition & can be reused w/o problem. Again, it will depend on the shop. Some will automatically replace it, some won't if its still good.

Remember, its your bike. If you want to see it in the mechanic's bay, you're entitled to do so.

Good luck.
 
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:29 PM
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I had mine done and now it runs like brand new! I also had 22k on the clock...
 
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:37 PM
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My mechanic friends have all told me that unless the bike is acting funny, don't bother. If you're tearing it down to do some other work, then it certainly can't hurt to check while you're there. My bike is near 28k miles and runs great.
 
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I didn't do mine until 32,000 but by then all but a couple valves needed new shims to be perfect and 1 or 2 were at the edge of tolerance. Is it worth the money to have them done? Of course. Thats like asking is it worth it to change the oil.
 
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:53 AM
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What's the average price on this?
 
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by mchl_daly View Post
What's the average price on this?

I was told somewhere around $350 that's including rest of service.
 
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by backyardmechanic View Post
is your bike losing performance a lot? can you hear a loud tick from your valves? if you answer no to these i would not.
If you wait for either of these issues to develop, it's already too late.

Do not neglect your valves.
 
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Originally Posted by brveagle View Post
If you wait for either of these issues to develop, it's already too late.

Do not neglect your valves.
Too late?
 

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