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May 5th 2016, 05:22 PM   #1
 CaptainAwesome's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  WA

  Harley Davidson LR-S
Valve check shop

My Yamaha Fz1 is getting close needing the valves checked again. It's my daily driver and from what I'm seeing online it will be more than a weekend project for a first time. (Though I'll look more into it, I prefer working on my own stuff)

Any shop recommendations? I'm pretty close to Lynnwood Motoplex. Liked working with Triumph of Seattle but I haven't had any experience with them working on a bike.

Thanks
May 5th 2016, 06:17 PM   #2
 
  Jan 2016
  Redmond, WA

If you're interested in having an independent shop do it, Optimum Performance Motorsports in Kirkland can do it. Mike's been working on bikes longer than I've been alive and does quality work.
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May 5th 2016, 06:38 PM   #3
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  Mar 2016
  Bothell

I don't have any direct experience but he has been very responsive to questions I have had. Budget Cycle & Scooter Service

Also his customer reviews speak pretty well.

Do you have a garage to do the work in?

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May 5th 2016, 11:52 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

REALLY?! I'm not THAT old. Seriously though, if you want your service done right, give us a call. I HAVE been around long enough to have seen way too much of the "we checked your valves and they were fine", or the "audible" valve check? WTH?
I AM old enough (or anal enough) to actually do it right. I furnish you an accurate valve map, and will send you iPhone pics (see, I'm not that damn old) of the procedure so you know it was actually done correctly.
Give us a try, it's amazing (wait, that's a Century Link ad, sorry)
Michael @ Optimum Performance Motorsports
May 6th 2016, 12:14 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

PM me if you decide to try it yourself, I've got shims if you need them. Just make sure to use an accurate micrometer.
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May 6th 2016, 06:45 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Buckley

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zoomie
REALLY?! I'm not THAT old. Seriously though, if you want your service done right, give us a call. I HAVE been around long enough to have seen way too much of the "we checked your valves and they were fine", or the "audible" valve check? WTH?
I AM old enough (or anal enough) to actually do it right. I furnish you an accurate valve map, and will send you iPhone pics (see, I'm not that damn old) of the procedure so you know it was actually done correctly.
Give us a try, it's amazing (wait, that's a Century Link ad, sorry)
Michael @ Optimum Performance Motorsports
Curious do you do Ducati's I've done mine but I'm always nervous..
May 6th 2016, 03:51 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  WA

  Harley Davidson LR-S
Sent you a PM Michael.


I have a place where I can do it, but like I said it's my daily driver right now. I wouldn't mind doing it myself but right now might not be the best time to be without my bike if I have an unexpected problem. I'll check out the process on youtube, doesn't look too bad of a process.
May 6th 2016, 08:10 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

  Yamaha FZ1, Aprilia RSV4 R
Hey Cap I checked my valves on my FZ1 over the winter. It took a weekend. And since you have to drop the radiator it's the perfect time to flush the coolant and all that jazz.

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May 7th 2016, 10:28 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  WA

  Harley Davidson LR-S
Yeah that's what I was thinking. Pretty sure I need new spark plugs too as going through the PO's records I don't see that he ever changed them out. Which is impressive for the plugs if that's the case lol.


I'll need to watch some videos on it and see.
May 7th 2016, 07:58 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

  Yamaha FZ1, Aprilia RSV4 R
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Originally Posted by CaptainAwesome
Yeah that's what I was thinking. Pretty sure I need new spark plugs too as going through the PO's records I don't see that he ever changed them out. Which is impressive for the plugs if that's the case lol.


I'll need to watch some videos on it and see.
I went to iridium plugs. They're pretty cheap on Amazon.

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May 7th 2016, 10:06 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

@Tchase, yes I do Ducati's however they've all been mine not customer's. 999 race bike and 749 track bike.
More of a hobby, and a labor of love. I'd be remiss to call myself an experienced Ducati Desmo expert. Wouldn't necessarily be totally comfortable charging retail customers for my "expertise". A man's got to know his limitations.
I defer to factory trained experts like Brendon Ferrar and Keith Ellis at South Sound BMW/Ducati.
That being said, I may branch out into the Italian marque, primarily because of our location and market. And I do have experts who can lend me some tutelage and special equipment where needed.
Wanna let me experiment on yours? ��
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