New member does his own valve adjustment - Kawasaki Versys Forum
Member Introductions Just joined? Tell us about yourself and your ride.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-06-2014, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
New member does his own valve adjustment

I've never done a valve adjustment before. Thanks to the following threads which really helped me out:

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=22058
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=10202

My local shops were quoting $475 plus parts for the 15k service, so I tried it myself. The valve adjustment was pretty straightforward and a good excuse to buy some new tools.

As a result I now have 8 shims that I'm willing to give away. Sizes are (in millimeters): 2.93, 3.02, 3.03, 3.05 (x2), 3.06, 3.07, 3.10

My dealer charged me $14/ea for shims. The ones above are yours for free, just PM me and I'll toss them in the mail for you (USA, lower-48 only)

Scott
wsfowler is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-06-2014, 10:34 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Sydney Australia
Posts: 1,458
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Garage
Welcome and well done doing it yourself.

Nice offer to give others your old shims.

I'm pretty sure the next person could post on his old ones after using yours for free as well - starting a "shim-post-a-thon-along"

Did you go loose or mid range with you shimming?
I was told you are best to go loose as they will tighten up and this will give you the most time between the next adjustment
Gigitt is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-07-2014, 02:41 AM
Member
 
kawdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 1,596
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Great job! You must be a good 'Wrench' to do that.

How much did you adjust them?
Was it exhaust valves on the Right Side, RS (or where exactly, pleae)?
What year is your bike?
How much do you weigh?
Do you ride it like you stole it most of the time?

At 24K miles intervals, this is a big selling feature for these bikes.
Thanks and I'd appreciate the knowledge you gained from your expertise.
Do you live near LA, CA (ha ha, not really)

Since they do cost so much, it's like a part time job investment to learn how. I've done Norton Commando's, and air cooled R90/6 BMW's; but no 4-valve water-cooled technology heads yet. Again, good job and I'm jealous of your abilities, and thanks for the links!!
kawdog is offline  
 
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-07-2014, 06:46 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 1,607
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
I surprised you had to change all eight shims. I've done quite a few other bikes and usually only had to change a few. I'm gonna do the '12 this month. It is coming up on 10,000 miles. I will probably put some CR9EK plugs in, clean the air filter and sync the throttle body while I'm at it.

I bought one of the Hot Cams shim kit off ebay for around $60.
waltermitty is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-07-2014, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
All of my inlets were tight at 0.10 mm. Two of the exhaust valves were at 0.20, just out of spec on the tight side. Two others were at 0.23 - within spec but on the low side.

Technically I only needed to do 6 of them, but I figured I'd widen all of them up. They're now all near the high end of the range.

When doing the shims, the biggest learning experience was that when the timing marker is in position you still might have to crank it 360 degrees to truly be in the right position.
wsfowler is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-07-2014, 01:49 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 1,607
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
I don't pay any attention to the crank timing mark. I just turn the engine until the valve is on the back side of the lobe. A trick to keep everything lined up is to mark the cam chain and the cam sprocket with a paint mark and make sure they match when everything goes back together.
waltermitty is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-07-2014, 02:13 PM
Super Moderator
 
fasteddiecopeman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Kelowna, BC - summer; Florence, AZ - winter
Posts: 17,803
Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
... and "good on ya..."!

Ed
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


'08 V AZ, '15 V650LT BC
Ride to D2D 2013, June '13

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Ride to D2D 2015, June '15

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Ride to D2D 2016, June '16

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fasteddiecopeman is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-08-2014, 01:47 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: sandpoint, id.
Posts: 74
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
pm sent
marc is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-08-2014, 02:15 AM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Sydney Australia
Posts: 1,458
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by waltermitty View Post
I don't pay any attention to the crank timing mark. I just turn the engine until the valve is on the back side of the lobe. A trick to keep everything lined up is to mark the cam chain and the cam sprocket with a paint mark and make sure they match when everything goes back together.
no the trick is zip tie cam to the sprockets much much easier.
you will Never lose timing and you just snip the zip ties off after you bolted it all back to spec AND before you rotate the crank twice to set the timing tensioner.
Gigitt is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-09-2014, 09:40 AM
Member
 
BaileyMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 601
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by wsfowler View Post
When doing the shims, the biggest learning experience was that when the timing marker is in position you still might have to crank it 360 degrees to truly be in the right position.
That was the case for me too...

2011 Imperial Red
Givi V46 / V35's SW Motech mounts
Skidmarx hugger Moto Werks bar riser
Mondo Motors LED Driving Lights
A little bit of road rash
BaileyMan is offline  
post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-13-2014, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
I went to ride the bike yesterday and the FI light wouldn't turn off. Diagnosed this morning and one of the air pressure hoses slipped off as I was reinstalling the air box. The other air pressure hose was hung up on one of the valve cover bolts. Glad it was an easy fix, but I missed a day of riding...
wsfowler is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Versys Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome