2010 KTM 990 Adventure R - valve clearance check

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  1. ColoradoMonkeys

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    I am little confused. Do I need to check the valve clearance on my 2010 KTM 990 Adventure R at the 600 mile (1,000 km) check or not? My owners manual tells me that the first valve clearance check should be done at the 15,000 km (9,321 miles) maintenance, my dealer gave me a print out for 2009 model year saying it should be done at the 600 mile check... Any ideas?
    Thank you , Tomas
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  2. Miguel

    Miguel off road junkie

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    My dealer looked into it when I took my 2009 990R in for the first service (1000km). They told me that the valves do not need to be looked at until the 15,000km service.
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  3. charlie264

    charlie264 Long timer

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    It was a change in KTM service policy, initially the LC8 valves were checked at 600 miles but due to none needing to be adjusted, they moved the valve check to 9000 miles service.





    EDIT: I WAS TOLD THIS BY A KTM TECH MACHANIC.
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  4. dc_Minnesota

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  5. Tome

    Tome Been here awhile

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    2009 - the first year that the 990 AdvR came out along with the newest style 990 Adv the service schedule changed so that you don't need the valves checked at 600 miles.
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  6. Flameout

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    Hay there! How's the new bike??? Just unloaded my new R lastnight and can't wait to ride her. What are your impressions so far?
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  7. ColoradoMonkeys

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    Thank you all for great input, it makes my decision much easier:D, Tomas
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  8. ColoradoMonkeys

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    I love the bike, the power is amazing and it handles great. I will have more feed back in about a month, we are leaving next week "two up" on our 990 R for about 3,000 mile trip! Only one thing I wish for, and that is my girlfriends 38 inch inseam, that would make the balancing of a standing bike a little easier:clap
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  9. Jim Colombotos

    Jim Colombotos Been here awhile

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    having the same issue decided to just follow new specs and wait on valve adjustments
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  10. ktm950se

    ktm950se Banned

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    Still, the questions remains, Is this new service interval applicable to earlier 950s?
    If no changes were made to the valvetrain, they why wouldn't it be?

    Inquiring minds want to know...

    :ear :ear :ear

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    RedRupert Brit in the Soviet Union

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  12. catalina38

    catalina38 Long timer

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    2009/10 990's have different heads than previous models and different maint schedules. It does not apply to 2008 and older.
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  13. jtm

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    That's correct. Different coolant passages.
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  14. ktm950se

    ktm950se Banned

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    If all that's different is the coolant passages, is this then the basis for the extended valve check interval?
    That change seems like it'd have minimal effect on valve train wear. I'd think it would have to be something like changes to valve, valve seat, cam, cam follower, etc., materials, OR a change in the design of the valve train, to support a change in mileage checks if the reason wasn't simply that there weren't enough LC8s out of spec at 600 miles to continue justifying a check that early in its life.

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  15. Gluaisrothaí

    Gluaisrothaí Feckin' gobshite

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    I don't know for sure if the new interval applies retrospectively, but:

    - how many pre 2009 bikes still haven't had a 600 mile service with valve check included?
    - the heads and cams on the '09 on bike are different than all previous bikes (they use '07 superduke cams) so that may be the reason for the interval change rather than "no shims were ever changed at 600 miles". I would be surprised if anyone has objective evidence to support that theory- as opposed to just opinion.
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  16. flyingreg

    flyingreg just ridin' along

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    The heads, cams, crank, con rods, idler shaft, are different. The lighter, stronger parts were installed, thus the new maintenance requirements.
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  17. oscar_champagne

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    Actually, I just posted a question about this since I've picked up a 2008 with only 700 miles on it and wonder if it needs the valves checked? :norton

    What y'all think?

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  18. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    ...yes it does...

    but I would ask your local dealer to either say whether the longer initial interval can be made retroactive for the 2008 or not, or ask him to check with KTMUSA on that. I would guess they would say stick with the manual but...

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  19. bikepsych

    bikepsych Been here awhile

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    So, just out of curiosity I gave the KTM dealership a call to find out how much the 12,000 mile service would be...they quoted me "Oh around $1600. But you get all new seals and filters." :eek1Whoa!!! That's a down payment on a new bike.

    BG
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  20. catalina38

    catalina38 Long timer

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    Well since the valves and spark plugs should have been done at 9400 mi at 12000+ miles would be a oil change and a filter check
    That leaves about $1500 for seals? what kind of seals, Harbor seals, Leopard seals, baby Fur seals? Call some where else or better yet do it yourself or find a helpful inmate here to show you how. A bike with 12k miles should have had valves checked/adjusted, spark plugs replaced, brake fluid replaced, and new fuel filters even though they aren't in the maintenance schedule. Even if it needed all of the above it would be no where near $1600, stay away from dealers who don't have any idea what they are talking about.:puke1
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