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Old 03-07-2014, 03:02 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Sliverpicker View Post
Very unlikely they are out of spec with 2K since last inspection. Where are you located ? It only takes about an hour to check them. 2 hours max for changing out shims as long as you have shims on hand.
Pretty sure he said the valves have never been checked in 7K miles. It's a tad overdue, but not drastic (as long as it starts). I'd get on it soon though, like you are trying. Keep in mind you shouldn't measure the gap unless the bike is COLD - they usually recommend sitting overnight.

First time I did it took most of a saturday, but that was me alone, figuring it out as I went, with the online guides/videos' and half of that was figuring how to disassemble all the parts on my 2009 to get to the valve shims in the first place. Not something you want to rush the first time, but a good learning experience if you plan on keeping the bike for awhile.

If you take this on, post up questions here.

Note- There has been some rumors going round of a friendly inmate who is thinking of hosting a KLR Techday in Portland. I won't "Out" them yet though ;) But if it happens, they are fun to attend.
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