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Mar 13th 2016, 10:52 PM   #1
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  Jan 2016
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Time for a valve adjustment

Hi everyone. Just hit 16k on my zx6r and its time to check the valve clearances. I just ordered a valve shim kit and some feeler gauges.

I was wondering if anyone in the area, or knows any small motorcycle mechanic that can help me out. I will strip down the bike down to its valve cover and I can trailer it anywhere in the portland area if needed. Will pay. I don't have the time or money to drop it off at a shop to get the valves done and would like to know how to do it next time the valves need checking again.
Mar 14th 2016, 08:20 AM   #2
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Do you have a place to work on it? Do you have the factory service manual? I can drop by and give you a hand on the critical part and I'm sure you can do the rest.

I did my buddies a little while back and all of his exhaust valves were out of spec. :-/ The hardest thing with this bike is lining up the cams when reassembling as the frame rail is right against that side of the engine and you really just can't see WTF is going on.
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Mar 14th 2016, 12:12 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by DGA
Do you have a place to work on it? Do you have the factory service manual? I can drop by and give you a hand on the critical part and I'm sure you can do the rest.

I did my buddies a little while back and all of his exhaust valves were out of spec. :-/ The hardest thing with this bike is lining up the cams when reassembling as the frame rail is right against that side of the engine and you really just can't see WTF is going on.
Got a small garage to work on it and I can print out the part of the service manual that is needed. I am still waiting on the shim kit to come. When will be the best time for you? Really appreciate it.
Mar 14th 2016, 12:35 PM   #4
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Measuring the valve clearances is not difficult and could be done fairly quickly. Adjusting them is a different story as the shim type requires valve shafts removal. I can also help with the measuring part.

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Mar 14th 2016, 02:12 PM   #5
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Got a small garage to work on it and I can print out the part of the service manual that is needed. I am still waiting on the shim kit to come. When will be the best time for you? Really appreciate it.
You don't need the shim kit to get everything measured and started. Thursday, Friday, and first part of Sunday are no good for me, but otherwise, I can carve out some time in the evenings and weekend.

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Measuring the valve clearances is not difficult and could be done fairly quickly. Adjusting them is a different story as the shim type requires valve shafts removal. I can also help with the measuring part.

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You've got to pull the cams and the shim will sit on top of the valve stem under the bucket.
Mar 14th 2016, 02:17 PM   #6
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You don't need the shim kit to get everything measured and started. Thursday, Friday, and first part of Sunday are no good for me, but otherwise, I can carve out some time in the evenings and weekend.



You've got to pull the cams and the shim will sit on top of the valve stem under the bucket.
Thanks for correcting. When I said valve shafts, I really meant cam shafts.
Mar 14th 2016, 02:19 PM   #7
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Thanks for correcting. When I said valve shafts, I really meant cam shafts.
Sorry, was not trying to be rude.
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Mar 14th 2016, 02:58 PM   #8
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You don't need the shim kit to get everything measured and started. Thursday, Friday, and first part of Sunday are no good for me, but otherwise, I can carve out some time in the evenings and weekend.
I know I don't need the shim kit to get started. Just that my bike is my only transportation and I never know if I will have work the next day till the evening before so its a little hard to plan ahead. Sunday afternoon would probably be the best for me if I have the shims by then. If not, then the beginning of next week would work.
Mar 14th 2016, 03:50 PM   #9
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I know I don't need the shim kit to get started. Just that my bike is my only transportation and I never know if I will have work the next day till the evening before so its a little hard to plan ahead. Sunday afternoon would probably be the best for me if I have the shims by then. If not, then the beginning of next week would work.
Got ya. I'm putting my bike up on the dyno around noon on Sunday and could head over after I'm done there, if you have everything. Message me your info and we can take it from there.
Mar 14th 2016, 04:08 PM   #10
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"valve shaft"

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