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post #1 of 4 Old 12-14-2010, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Help! Valve adjustment possible mistake.

Hey guys. I adjusted my valves at 600 miles and think that I may have inadvertently tightened them instead of loosening them. I have copied and pasted from a thread that I posted when I did them. Don't have 15 posts yet so I can't link to the thread.

Clearance range specs:
Intake: 0.10mm – 0.20mm (0.004in – 0.008in)
Exhaust: 0.15mm – 0.25mm (0.006in – 0.010in)

Original specs:
L exhaust - .007 in. R exhaust - .008 in.
L intake - .003 in. R intake - .004 in.

New specs:
L exhaust - .008 in. R exhaust - .009 in.
L intake - .006 in. R intake - .007 in.

Should I have adjusted them towards the smaller number? I had assumed that the larger number was opening them more instead of closing. But after reading some posts on another forum, I believe that I went the wrong way. I guess the good news is that after doing them at 600 miles, I only have 679.6 miles on it now, so hopefully I haven't done much harm yet. Please advise. Thanks.
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-14-2010, 05:45 PM
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You got it right. You want to adjust them to the high (or open) end of the spec. You could have gone one size thinner on the right intake and exhaust to put them at max clearance but no big deal.
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Right, "slappy valves are happy valves". They tend to lose clearance by hammering into the seats decreasing lash. Set 'em loose.

Gray-haired riders don’t get that way from pure luck.

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post #4 of 4 Old 12-15-2010, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input guys. I had read in a post where someone said that to increase clearance to use a smaller shim. It has been a little over a month since I adjusted them and I thought I had remembered using larger shims. When I got home and checked my maintenance log I saw that I had indeed used smaller shims and had it right. You know what they say. A mind is a terrible thing......

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