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  • Offline mondeoman

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    Valve clearance check at 16,000 miles
    on: Oct 01, 2017, 03.30 pm
    Oct 01, 2017, 03.30 pm
    Whilst having new tyres fitted at a Honda main dealers I chatted to the chief technician  :020: who seems to have every torque setting for X/tourer nuts/bolts in his head  :037: and he said " of all the X/tourers that he's done the 16,000 mile service, (he's done a LOT) he's still waiting for the first one that actually needs the valve clearances resetting"  :005: so what do you think about that chaps, it's convinced me not to have them checked, (very expensive) just the usual oil/filters will do me. :028:

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    Re: Valve clearance check at 16,000 miles
    Reply #1 on: Oct 01, 2017, 04.25 pm
    Oct 01, 2017, 04.25 pm
    Just had mine done and had a similar chat at my Honda dealer - no adjustment needed and they said the same with all the others they had done. However, my bike is still under warranty so no real choice in the matter.  :027:

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    Re: Valve clearance check at 16,000 miles
    Reply #2 on: Oct 02, 2017, 07.40 am
    Oct 02, 2017, 07.40 am
    Well, the mechanic is talking rubbish, probably because the adjustment is a significantly job, and a frustrating one!
    Almost all CT's have exhaust side valves out of spec, because of the old fashioned construction with bold adjusters 
    The exhaust valves are adjusted by bolts and bolts always elapse.
    The intake side is constructed with valves plates and will nog elapse that quick. (sorry for my non technical English)
    It would be very strange that all VFR1200 bikes I have seen and done were out of spec and in the UK not  :110:
    It takes at least 2-3 hours to have all parts removed before you can acces the valves.

    Blue is exhaust side


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    Re: Valve clearance check at 16,000 miles
    Reply #3 on: Oct 02, 2017, 08.51 am
    Oct 02, 2017, 08.51 am
    I think I would rather believe a factory trained technician who does these maintenance jobs on a daily basis than an amateur.

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    Re: Valve clearance check at 16,000 miles
    Reply #4 on: Oct 02, 2017, 09.26 am
    Oct 02, 2017, 09.26 am
    Now that's a question int it.

    Do you believe the bike shop/mechanic when they say they've done something?

    Personally, I like to believe them but it wouldn't be the first time I've asked to go into the workshop for a sneaky look at what they're doing.
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    Re: Valve clearance check at 16,000 miles
    Reply #5 on: Oct 02, 2017, 09.35 am
    Oct 02, 2017, 09.35 am
    Mate of mine once said to me.
    " don't you think it's odd that you can book your bike in for a valve clearance check and have your bike back in a day, but if you go to the same dealer and want to buy shims they have to order them in?"
    Lol

    In fairness I know the service dept will normally have a selection of sizes that they exchange during service.


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    Re: Valve clearance check at 16,000 miles
    Reply #6 on: Oct 02, 2017, 12.33 pm
    Oct 02, 2017, 12.33 pm
    *Originally Posted by Hartley [+]
    In fairness I know the service dept will normally have a selection of sizes that they exchange during service.

    Even an 'amateur' like me can have an assortment of sizes available from a "HotCams" shim box these days Paul but i wouldn't try using them on something this dear to my heart :015:



    I once did a valve-check on a VRF800 VTEC and although 1 x valve was 0.001" out of spec i buttoned it back together and it did many more thousands of miles with no issues during my ownership. There are special tools needed which would have made it a dealer job due to the prices etc.






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    Re: Valve clearance check at 16,000 miles
    Reply #7 on: Oct 02, 2017, 08.58 pm
    Oct 02, 2017, 08.58 pm
    Blooming heck, you're all talking double to me, shims and hotshims.  :027:
    Looks like i'll just be putting mine into the workshop.  :019:
    keep it shiny side up !!!