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  1. #1
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    valve adjustment done

    well, I learned a valuable lesson today.. there is no amount of money the dealer could charge that would make it not worth it to just let them do it. The actual adjustment of the valves is a piece of cake. However actually getting to the darn things to adjust them is difficult enough to make even me cuss like a sailor. (although thats not that difficult)

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  3. #2
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    Well, once you read a few of the horror stories about what dealers tend to do to your bike, you'll probably feel differently. No dealer touches my bike any more. Too many bad experiences.
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  4. #3
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    Are you sure they did it or just take the tank off to make the shop manager think they are??????????????????????? Me I like to watch

  5. #4
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    i did mine this weekend as well sc99, and i agree it is a very tight space to get into, but i will continue to do it myself. i don't like to cuss, but will every time i do it. i don't know if you've read about my experience in the "stealer report" thread, but those guys can stick it up their tail pipe. maybe it will be easier the next time......

  6. #5
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    what size socket works and did you use a swivel head to get to it? either one of ya.
    I ate Chinese last night..........should of seen her struggle when i put her in the van.
    Доверя́й, но проверя́й.

  7. #6
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    i used an open end wrench for the jamnut and a ver small adjustable wrench (4") for the set screw dragbar.

  8. #7
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    what size open end? darn ar-kansas folks..hard as hell to get an answer out of ..hehe j/k m8
    I ate Chinese last night..........should of seen her struggle when i put her in the van.
    Доверя́й, но проверя́й.

  9. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragbar
    what size open end? darn ar-kansas folks..hard as hell to get an answer out of ..hehe j/k m8

    and you moutainmisery folks need things spelled out (show me state)
    i think it was a 10mm open end and a metric left handed adjustable wrench.

  10. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by outlaw2
    metric left handed adjustable wrench.
    Ooohh.. I need a good left-handed wrench! muahahaha!
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  11. #10
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    lol
    I ate Chinese last night..........should of seen her struggle when i put her in the van.
    Доверя́й, но проверя́й.

  12. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by outlaw
    i think it was a 10mm open end and a metric left handed adjustable wrench.

    Outlaw, does Harbor Freight sell them thar metric left handed adjustable wrenches?? Can't find 'em on the local Snap-On truck...


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    sorry it took me so long to repost, but alas here are some tips for whenever it is that you decide to do your own valve adjustment.
    First things first, when you remove the tank, and finally get it out of the way, just go ahead, save yourself any future headaches, and replace the stock stupid, clip link fuel line, with that piece of spare fuel line, and two clamps you have hidiing in that spare parts drawer over in the corner. This little mod alone will save you all sorts of headache later.
    crap I gotta go, my daughter just found a snake in the yard... time to go be a man.

    will finish later.

  14. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by RowdyRed94
    Well, once you read a few of the horror stories about what dealers tend to do to your bike, you'll probably feel differently. No dealer touches my bike any more. Too many bad experiences.

    Do you think I'd be better off with an independent mechanic, I am leaning that way. I will change my own oil and easy stuff like that but i am not very mechanical so i am really in need of a mechanic. To tell the truth I'm a dab hand at taking things apart, juist hopeless at getting them back together again!
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  15. #14
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    i, personnally, would recommend an independant, if you have a good one. dealers suck and if your not inclined that way, you'd be better off. it might help you to buy the service manual for your bike. indys don't have them sometimes. i've been a mechanic for 13 years and it was difficult at best to get in to measure the valves. just my 2 pennies.... btw, soundcolor, that is good advice on the fuel hose. that thing was a *&%*%. the first time i took it off the tank had, maybe, 1/2 gallon of fuel. the second time it was almost full. something else i found, after you get it off and on the floor, if you take the cap off it will keep it from leaking out of the bottom.
    Last edited by outlaw; 04-13-2006 at 07:25 PM.

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    It doesn't really matter whether they're independant or not. You just have to get to know them (dinner at the folks'?) and verify that they actually would trade a rat's arse for the welfare of your bike.
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