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Old 09-06-2010, 09:11 PM   #1554
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Originally Posted by truck6driver
So what is the valve adjusting tool and where can I get one? Cycle Gear thinks I'm nuts and the lady on the phone at Dennis Kirk was lost as soon as I said Yamaha XT350 .

I will need to check the cam chain and replace the cam cover gasket soon and the valves do make some noise when hot so I though now would be the best time to do it but want the tool before I pull it apart.

Just pull the valve cover with the engine at TDC and check the clearances with feeler gauges. If they're off, you'll have to see what shims are in there and replace each shim individually to get the correct valve clearance. Someone found the valve holding tool a few pages back, but I just pull the cams to make valve adjustments. Its only about 8 more bolts, and allows you to inspect the cams and head surface. Best investment you'd ever make is the Clymer service book for the XT. Walks you through all this stuff step by step so things don't get worse as they get removed and replaced
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