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Valve adjustment time..when's that roughly?

When do they need the first adjustment on these little you beautie's. Anyone had to get an adjustment inside say 50'000km?
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When do they need the first adjustment on these little you beautie's. Anyone had to get an adjustment inside say 50'000km?
Thought the manual said 15,000 miles for that.....
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From the 2010-2011 Service Manual:

Engine Top End
Valve clearance - Inspect:
US, CA Model - 15,000 miles
Other than US, CA Model - 26,250 miles

My question is "What is the difference in a US, CA Model from a model from elsewhere, that would create such a difference in inspection times?"

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That question has been debated from the beginning. It probably has something to do with emission requirements or warranty liability.

Many of the earlier model year Versys were found to have some valve clearances at or below minimum spec, particularly on the exhaust valves. I had an exhaust valve clearance at just below spec (0.21mm) when I checked at 2600 miles, and I set them all equally at middle of rande; 0.18mm in and 0.26mm ex.

So, the best time to check it is now. You can't know what they settled at after initial assembly and break-in, and what clearances your engine is running with until you get in there and measure. Then you're good for about 15~26K miles (24,000~42,000 Km), no matter what part of the planet you're at.

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According to the Kawasaki service manual 42,000 km
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My manual is 24,000 km and they were fine when done.
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I checked mine at 12,000 miles. Exhaust were all just below spec.

6 out of 8 needed adjusting. I don't plan on messing with them for a long time now that I know what I have.

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Did my '08s valves at 20,429 miles. ALL exhaust valves were TIGHT (around .18 to .19 mm against the range of .22 to .31). TWO intakes were on the TIGHT end of normal, while the other two were mid-range normal.

I brought all exhausts out to the WIDE-end of normal, and matched the two tight intakes to the other two.



So, I checked my '09s last summer, at around 10,000 kms. Quite a few were on the tight end, so I worked them down on wet-and-dry 80 grit to get clearances consistent w/ the '08s. I can't be more exact, as the '09's in Canada, so I'm going on memory....


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What Invader and Eddie said - at 50,000 km your valves are probably tight, likely below spec now. I haven't followed on the second gen experience, but first gen bikes were usually tight by 15K miles (24,000 km). I'd check them sooner rather than later.

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For various reasons (read: too busy and too lazy), I didn't check mine (a CA model) until there was 30,000 miles on the clock--which actually was more than 30K because I put a 43t rear sprocket on at about 22K....
What did I find? ALL were still in spec, 7 of the 8 were on the tight end of spec, but all 8 STILL IN SPEC. They were set in the middle of the range, and I feel comfortable going to 50-55K before opening her up again...heck, I might go to 60k.... I don't know what they came like from the factory, but now I know exactly where they were set at 30K and it will be interesting to see what the change is over time.

Oh yeah, I am closing in on 40K miles right now and still running the stock spark plugs (they didn't look "good" at 30K, they looked "new!") Bike runs perfectly, immediately lights at the touch of the button, consistently get 46-49 mpg with a heavy throttle hand....
Yeah, I will throw a new set in there next time. Why not? By that time I will have gotten my money's worth out of the originals.

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thanks guys I like it when you talk in Miles per hour too.. that gives me alot more riding than my paltry 25000km
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Have had the bike since Jan.2010 Took it in to the shop to have a Valve Clearance Check and to have the Throttle Bodies Synced. I hit 15,000 miles while riding it to the shop. Just got off the phone with the mechanic and he said the Valves were all in spec and that the throttle bodies were spot on. He said he's never come across throttle bodies that were on point like mine. This was the first time i've had eighter checked. I change my own plugs and do the oil changes. The chain and sprockets were fine. So i don't think i'll be too worried about the valves and throttle bodies anytime soon.

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Guy on a different bike forum I frequent just hit 100k on his FZ6 and has yet to open up the engine. I wouldn't recommend it lol but that's the facts. I think the handbook is a conservative check time, better to check early than end up chewing up engine internals but at 15k I'm not to worried about it yet


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May as well add to this thread instead of starting a new one.

I've got my 09 with a little over 20,000 miles tore down and have one exhaust valve too tight and the other four exhaust are at the low end of spec. All the intake valves were good but on the low end too. So I'm going to get them all checking in the middle.

Glad I've check, up to ya if you want to keep riding without checking.

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