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Valve Check?

belrix

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I have almost 14,000 miles on my Africa Twin and a valve clearance check is called for at 16,000 miles, should I check the valves or can I safely put it off for awhile?

Thanks!

Brian
 

Graves

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At the very least you should do the initial check, and the follow up, if they don’t move then you could stretch the intervals a bit.

I have almost 14,000 miles on my Africa Twin and a valve clearance check is called for at 16,000 miles, should I check the valves or can I safely put it off for awhile?

Thanks!

Brian
 

Davy F

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I’ve just started to strip down my bike to do the valve check

OMG !!!!!!!!!

Never have I come across a bike that so much kit has to be removed to get at the valves...it’s actually frightening.....:eek:
 

Davy F

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All stripped and ready for my mate to come and dive into the engine. I just hope I can remember how to put it all back together !

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Davy F

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No.....all that work for peace of mind. :cool: My chum reckons that I shouldn’t bother checking them again until 45/50k miles.

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MarksMCParts

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I agree its a bit of a bitch to work on. Lots of disassembly to get to the valve cover. After that its no more complicated than anything else.
Just to offer a different view on valve clearance intervals, I had mine apart at 6000 miles (I've written a book on the bike so had to strip it way before the recommended interval), and was disappointed to find the clearances were all over the place. 3 too loose, 2 too tight. I'm not advocating shortening the service intervals but I certainly wouldn't skip one.
Mark
 

jkmcgill

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I agree its a bit of a bitch to work on. Lots of disassembly to get to the valve cover. After that its no more complicated than anything else.
Just to offer a different view on valve clearance intervals, I had mine apart at 6000 miles (I've written a book on the bike so had to strip it way before the recommended interval), and was disappointed to find the clearances were all over the place. 3 too loose, 2 too tight. I'm not advocating shortening the service intervals but I certainly wouldn't skip one.
Mark
interested to hear more about your book
 

Davy F

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I find it amazing that you are the only person I’ve heard off that has needed any valves adjusted and at only 6000 miles too.
 

MarksMCParts

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daytonatwin

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If i went to all the trouble to get to the buckets and tappets I surely wouldn't just go with the in spec + or - as vids suggest they could be out the next ride. But pay the stealer to do it and that is what U will get, or maybe not.
 

PaulAT

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Hi all
I recently purchased the AT manual from Mark's motor cycle parts ( my third manual on the AT ). I found it to be a most concise and easy to follow manual for basic maintenance for the AT and highly recommend it. Thanks Mark for your speedy delivery all the way to OZ
 

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