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Old 15-10-2010, 01:09 PM
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Default Tips for the valve clearance check.

You will need to dismount the radiator, and let it hang loose from it's hoses. You don't need to drain the cool ant.

Remove the fairing V at the front followed by the lower fairing sides, air intake covers, tank, airbox, radiator, throttle bodies, cam cover. In that order.

When you try to remove the cam cover, there are two ways:

The obvious way is to lift it off the engine upwards and out towards the rear of the bike. This way is a complete bastard, and will take you ages.

The easy way is to lift it from the engine, then slip it out down and forwards, and it'll slip out easier than a limp willy from an over lubricated hooker. This is why you need to dismount the radiator first.

To get the cam cover to let go of the engine, remove the crank case breather tube from the cover, get your finger under the outlet on the cam cover, and pull pretty hard. At the same time, twat the side of the cam cover with a rubbe rammer, until it pops orft. Simples!

I knew I needed petrol for my generator, so I'd have lights, but the traffic was so bad I decided to start while it was still light, and pop out for fuel later. This is when I discovered that getting the throttle body clamps undone is much easier in the dark with a ninspection lamp. And so is actually measuring the valve clearances. I suspect this is because there is more contrast between the bits you're not interested in and the bits you're shining your ninspection lamp on. Worked nicely.
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Or give the bike to a garage to avoid all that dangerous mucking about in valve-space.
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Or use kevs very comprehensive guide which is in the sponsors area.
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Or give the bike to a garage to avoid all that dangerous mucking about in valve-space.
Yeah, if you want to spend loadsa dosh on a job that you can do yourself quite easily.

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Or use kevs very comprehensive guide which is in the sponsors area.
What about those who can't see that, though?
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I have my own free Honda mechanic now so ner ner ne ner ner.
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Old 15-10-2010, 02:31 PM
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Well, at least it goes some way to make up for that terrible problem you have with lobsters, then.

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Sounds painful.
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Spikes, did yer have to replace cam cover gasket or did yer re-use it
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If it's in good condition you should be able to re-use it.
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MeBike's at 65,000 miles and still on the same gasket, which has now been off at least... erm...

(16, 32, 48, 64)

4 times.

It's a rubbery gasket as well so it's pretty tough.
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