9000 mile valve check ?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by SlowJoefromBako, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. SlowJoefromBako

    SlowJoefromBako Aint livin long like

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    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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  2. Blakduk

    Blakduk Just trying to get by.

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    Bump. :ear:ear
    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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  3. Black Hills

    Black Hills Long timer

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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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  4. catalina38

    catalina38 Long timer

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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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  5. AdvGa

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  6. Blakduk

    Blakduk Just trying to get by.

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    What kms or miles was it at?

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  7. catalina38

    catalina38 Long timer

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    9000 miles, 14,xxx km
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  8. MrLebowski

    MrLebowski Been here awhile

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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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  9. tomdubz

    tomdubz getting there

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    My 09' didn't budge until 25,000 mi.
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  10. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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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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  11. 99sleepyhollow

    99sleepyhollow JOEY DUNLOP 26 TT WINS

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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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  12. charlie264

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    I replaced all my cams at 9k miles, parts courtesy of KTM...shims didn’t need changing, good sign...changed, well filed down one shim at 15k miles....so it all depends.
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  13. Capt.saveaho

    Capt.saveaho Been here awhile

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    filed?
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  14. charlie264

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    Not advisable, but I needed a bit off and didn’t have the correct shim..so I filed one down on a wet stone to the correct width.
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  15. Capt.saveaho

    Capt.saveaho Been here awhile

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    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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  16. SlowJoefromBako

    SlowJoefromBako Aint livin long like

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    Thanks for the replies I think Ive worked up the courage to check um my self. I hope the mechanic was right no adjustments. Some thing about taking the cams out makes me nervous. I had a cb 650 once that I did a head gasket on and while putting it back to gether I dropped a 10mm socket down the timming chain hole. Sounded like a slot machine. I dont ever want to go threw that again.
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  17. DrKayak

    DrKayak Retro Rider

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    The 950 cams are on top the drive gears. The cam chain does not go over the cam like on old bikes. No big holes to drop things into. It's not too bad of a job. Take your time and have a list of other maintenance to do at the same time. I try to wait till bad weather and spend multiple days with the tanks off. Some of what I do:

    Clean the engine once the tanks are off.
    Clean the carb/jets once the carbs are off.
    replace the plugs

    Next time I will add the second fan kit while the tanks are off.
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  18. catalina38

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    Read through the how to's for tools, shims etc required. The spark change interval in the same as the valve check on the 2009 and newer models and those plugs aren't very common and with out CJ's spark plug tool it can be difficult to reach them or a 5 minute easy job with the tool. I recently did my valves, spark plugs, fuel, air and oil filter since the bike was apart any way now the bike is ready for a few trips this summer.:clap
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  19. sonoran

    sonoran friend of P

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    Had a check done at 10k miles on my '10 990. Everything was in spec.

    Still I feel better knowing for certain.
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  20. what car??

    what car?? down the road

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    Why on earth would the cams need to be replaced at 9000 miles??? Does not make sense to me when I honestly doubt they were out of spec, unless you're flat out abusing the thing, running it without oil or the like. Shims are much cheaper: unless you just like to throw good money after bad. In which case send me all those parts that are "supposedly" needing replaced so I can turn them into KTM art projects along with some of my other bike art projects.
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