I’m knee deep in my first ever valve adjustment. Ordered all parts in advance and had them shipped to the house.
I’ll update this thread with progress and some lessons learned from my attempt in the event that someone else needs to do their valve checks on their bike! After all, these bikes are still rolling around today,l.
First off, would I do it again? Yes.
Is it hard? Yes.
Will you need to take your time? Yes.
Don’t rush through anything. I found that’s when I made the most mistakes.
1. Harbor Freight has the perfect feeler gauge for this job. I went to Autozone and Advance and they had feeler gauges, but not to the spec that the manual calls for.
Harbor Freight Feeler Gauge: https://www.harborfreight.com/Feeler...-Pc-63665.html
2. After you check what size shim rests in the engine, you have to put that same (incorrect) shim back in the engine until you have the correct shim you need to swap in hand, ready to be inserted. I made the mistake of pulling two shims out, and noticed that the lifter pad of the first shim I had pulled, was interfering with the cam lobe, and panic ensued. I worked the tool back and forth to get the pad back in. It seems though that you must re-insert that shim back in though. In other words, there must be a shim present at all times while manually spinning the crankshaft so that the cam love does not interfere with the lifter pad.
Cam lobe: This is the angled, rotating piece of aluminum.
Lifter pad: this is the piece of aluminum that the shim “sits” in.
3. Put screws back in their respective holes when unscrewing things. It’ll help you button the bike up later.
As I’m still working on the bike, I’ll continue to update!