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Oct 7th 2016, 12:52 PM   #1
 equinity's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

  Yamaha FZ1
Shims

Does anyone know where I can get individual valve shims locally, Tacoma area? I'm not looking to buy a entire Hot Cams kit for literally 2 shims.
Oct 8th 2016, 06:21 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
The Yamaha dealer
Oct 8th 2016, 06:35 PM   #3
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

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The Yamaha dealer
Ugh. Better to get the whole kit. I've heard too many stories of guys making four trips to the dealer because the measurement want coming out right, or the shop didn't have the right size.
Oct 8th 2016, 06:43 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 Concours14, '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750
Don't know about other dealerships but the 2 main ones here in Bremerton have an open kit behind the parts counter and will sell you individual shims. You might even be able to trade them.

What size are you looking for? I have a couple laying around.
Oct 8th 2016, 07:55 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

  Yamaha FZ1
The first couple of dealerships I talked to wouldn't sell or trade shims, but Tacoma Motorsports did, trade that is.

I've had to make two trips so far. My "simple" math didn't work out so well. In all fairness, l did it right the first time, but didn't trust myself and did it again. Got a 235, needed a 310. Good thing I checked the clearances again before buttoning it up.

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Oct 8th 2016, 10:02 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

Tacoma Motorsports was going to be my recommendation, they have been very accommodating in all the years I've dealt with them. Often more so than one would normally expect from a dealer. And Carol the parts manager is more knowledgeable than a lot of techs out there.
Oct 8th 2016, 10:18 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

Another option for those of you in King/Snohomish county? Visit me at Optimum Performance Motorsports / Nels 2Wheel Dynoworks in Kirkland.
I maintain a fairly extensive inventory of shims on hand, and trades are fine.
However, call ahead if you're needing like 12 of the same size, or odd stuff like shim over bucket for your 1978 Suzuki GS750. (Love those bikes)
Jan 8th 2017, 01:43 PM   #8
 
  Jan 2017
  Anchorage

  XR650L CRF450R
In a pinch I've sanded shims with fine grit on a flat hard surface and tracked my progress with a micrometer. Just make sure the sanded side is away from the cam because you sanded (slightly) into the hardened layer.
Jan 11th 2017, 06:13 AM   #9
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  Sep 2016
  Kenmore

  2005 Fz1 The Fazer
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Another option for those of you in King/Snohomish county? Visit me at Optimum Performance Motorsports / Nels 2Wheel Dynoworks in Kirkland.
I maintain a fairly extensive inventory of shims on hand, and trades are fine.
However, call ahead if you're needing like 12 of the same size, or odd stuff like shim over bucket for your 1978 Suzuki GS750. (Love those bikes)
I sent you guys an email trying to get a quote for a valve adjustment on my 05 fz1. Never got a response.
Jan 11th 2017, 01:24 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

  Yamaha FZ1
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I sent you guys an email trying to get a quote for a valve adjustment on my 05 fz1. Never got a response.
FWIW, it's a pretty easy process, just time consuming. Also an excellent opportunity to do coolant flush (pretty sure you'll have to remove the radiator) and refresh fork oil. Shops tend to charge more for our engines too, the 5 valves/cylinder take a little more time.

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