Kawasaki Versys Forum banner

1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I've never done a valve adjustment before. Thanks to the following threads which really helped me out:

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

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,485 Posts
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
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,598 Posts
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!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,608 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,608 Posts
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.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,485 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
601 Posts
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...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter #11
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...
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top