Originally Posted by badcooky
Never use the kicker to get TDC as it brings the auto decomp on.
Turn the crank backwards at the flywheel.
I don't have an auto decomp so i'm good.
I've got a friend that showed me how last weekend... I sort of helped, and it seems all went well. The only part that made me nervous was that before the adjustment we dialed it to TDC a few times with NO movement in the rockers, which made me think that we weren't at TDC, but my friend said that my valves were just way too tight, and that i should have done it awhile ago. I just had the bike out and it feels fine. I read that it should sound like a sewing machine if it's done correctly, and i don't think it has that sound really.
Should i ride it around and then go check the tolerances again? I'm amazed at how "easy" it is to get in there and tinker!
also this bike won't sound like a sewing machine because its noisy by nature and if you have an aluminum skid plate it amplifies it and directs it up!
its better for valves to be on the noisy side than on the tight side. But you can't hurt anything by learning if you want to recheck the clearance.