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Adjusting the valves on my CL450 seems pretty easy compared to this. YIKES! I removed about 75 LBS of plastic and frame braces to get to the valve cover.







Finally after about 2 hours I can see the valve cover!



Not too bad after this but I need to replace 13 of the 16 shims so both cams have to come out.





I can swap some shims around so I only need to buy 8 new ones. The shims are $10 each so it's still expensive, but better than paying the 7 hours labor the dealer wanted.
 

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so DATS what one ofa dem "moderno" motobikes lookall naked like! :eek:

too commpleecate fer me... eyell stick wit dem fourfitee honders :)

p.s. wheres da emoticon wit buck teeff?
 

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danWI said:
so DATS what one ofa dem "moderno" motobikes lookall naked like! :eek:

too commpleecate fer me... eyell stick wit dem fourfitee honders :)

p.s. wheres da emoticon wit buck teeff?
Well said, well said.

:lol:
 

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Aye carumba !!!!!!

Now I remember why I stick with the old Twins.
I have a 750 DOHC sitting in the shop, bucket and shim type.
It' been there for two years now because I don't feel like dealing with that stuff.....
 

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New bikes are ridiculous to work on! That looks exactly like my DRZ but multiplied.. The thing is, I really don't mind shim and bucket valve trains. Kind of ingenious, yet simple as well.

GB :mrgreen:
 

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The good news is I only have to do it the first time at 16000 km and every 42000 km after that. Most guys are saying that after the first adjustment the clearances are not changing. It'll be at least a couple of years before I have to do it again.

Yeah GB, I just did my DRZ too, only had to change 1 shim. The Kawasaki takes the same 9.48mm diameter shims as the DRZ so I think I'll buy a shim kit from Hotcams and it will work for both bikes.
 

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If you did'nt need a bunch I'd be glad to send out what you need. IF you send me your old shims in exchange. ;) A dealership will do the same thing though.

I've read over at Thumpertalk that the pro (Eddie) said that once the valves start moving on you, they never quit.

GB :mrgreen:
 
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