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Old 06-04-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
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9000 mile valve check ?

I have a 2011 990r with 9000 miles on it. The manuel calls for a valve check. So I went to talk to the local dealer about it and the mechanic said that he would even bother to check if it was his bike. He said he has check alots and has never had to do an adjustment until 15000 or 20000. I wanted some feed back is this a good idea or not?? The job will cost like 500$$
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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Bump.
Similar story. Have bike in pieces ready to check valves. Heard that most dealerships never actually check it at the 15,000kms service as it is too much hassle, they rarely need adjusting. (but they bill the $800 anyway).

What have owners found about valve clearances at different kms.

Please??? (I don't really want to take MORE off the bike!)
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:26 PM   #3
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checked mine at 9000mi. and they were good ('11 990R). not too tough to check yourself with the help from this site.
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:28 PM   #4
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I did my 2010 990R recently and the exhausts were all out of spec the intakes were barely in spec.
It seem more common that after the first adjustment they won't need it again at the next interval or two. It wasn't hard to do and there are several good tutorials on the Hall of wisdom. I wouldn't skip it and I also wouldn't have the dealer do it
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:35 PM   #5
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Here is a good How To on this matter:

http://www.ktm950.info/how/Orange%20...ve_adjust.html
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:02 PM   #6
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What kms or miles was it at?

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I did my 2010 990R recently and the exhausts were all out of spec the intakes were barely in spec.
It seem more common that after the first adjustment they won't need it again at the next interval or two. It wasn't hard to do and there are several good tutorials on the Hall of wisdom. I wouldn't skip it and I also wouldn't have the dealer do it
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:17 PM   #7
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What kms or miles was it at?
9000 miles, 14,xxx km
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:45 PM   #8
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I had 3 exhaust valves and 2 intakes out of spec at around 10,000 miles on a 2008 model. (Or maybe it was 2 exhaust, 3 intake... I can't remember, I have a notebook with the info somewhere around here...) You should check em.'
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:30 AM   #9
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My 09' didn't budge until 25,000 mi.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:56 PM   #10
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I'm at 60,000kms and still haven't adjusted mine. One rear intake is at the very end of the range but it's been very consistent up to now.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:15 AM   #11
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I did my 9000 mile service a few months back and had to replace 4 out of the 8 shims so I'd say the mechcanic is full a shit . IMO do the full service including the valves , it's not hard to do but is a bit time consuming
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:23 AM   #12
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I replaced all my cams at 9k miles, parts courtesy of KTM...shims didnít need changing, good sign...changed, well filed down one shim at 15k miles....so it all depends.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:31 AM   #13
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I replaced all my cams at 9k miles, parts courtesy of KTM...shims didnít need changing, good sign...changed, well filed down one shim at 15k miles....so it all depends.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:40 AM   #14
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filed?
Not advisable, but I needed a bit off and didnít have the correct shim..so I filed one down on a wet stone to the correct width.
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:10 AM   #15
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Not advisable, but I needed a bit off and didnít have the correct shim..so I filed one down on a wet stone to the correct width.
I guess it's not the worst thing to do in a pinch. Realistically the difference's are in the thousandths, it just might go out of spec quicker then the others.
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