DR650 valve adj. first service

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by dieseldave24v, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. basketcase

    basketcase lifelong reject fixer

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    And a teachable moment here.

    Do I take correctly from your comment that you removed the cover before the bike cooled down?

    If so, let it cool completely down next time and it will help ease the removal of the cap.

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  2. goggo2460

    goggo2460 Adventurer

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    I did the first valve adjustment and the inspection bolt was almost loose:dunno. I let the bike cool overnight.

    was a little fidgety getting it right :baldy though still easy.

    Very satisfying doing it yourself.:ricky
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  3. rivercreep

    rivercreep Banned

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    I stand corrected = posted before coffee.:eek1

    That's why I never adjust my valves or do any servicing until AFTER I've had the mornings coffee.:D
    Thank you for the correction.:freaky
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  4. discoganya

    discoganya Engineer, Rider, Dad

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    Can anyone recommend a different thread with pics of the oil change & valve adjustment? The pics on this thread do not load and are probably lost...
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  5. shu

    shu ...

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    For the Valve adjustment there's a PDF with instructions and pics that you can download here:

    http://drriders.com/topic251.html


    ................shu
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  6. discoganya

    discoganya Engineer, Rider, Dad

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    Thanks, any links for an oil change?
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  7. Ed~

    Ed~ What, Me Worry?

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    Valvetrain wear as in the more clearance, the more inertia on the hit from the rocker arms before the valve springs take up the energy...

    Minor wear along with possibly measurable but likely negligible performance difference from slightly more closed valves I guess.

    Here's another saying from the Airhead guys:
    "I'd rather hear my valves than smell them..."

    As in "tic-tic-tic" as opposed to the smell of burning valve seats from not closing fully during cylinder ignition. It's almost always the exhaust valves/seats that lose gap over time. G... I wonder Y...

    Just finished my valve check on a new-to-me '00 DR650 with 8K miles and no record of valve-check since 600mi service:

    .005" Intake .008 Exhaust. -just buttoned her back up and :1drink

    Thanks for all the info guys! We are awesome aren't we?
    :freaky
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  8. PPCLI-Jim

    PPCLI-Jim Been here awhile

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    The only issue I was was for the oil change do not got get to get a crush washer when getting to change oil.l have sweapped to a honda crush washe . and rather then collapsing into the threads its a heat treated aluminum washer and you should get 2-3 oil changes out of one washer vice the 1 then change Suzi one. with outh the hassle of having to dig it out of the threads of the drainplug.
    :eek1
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  9. Jenn

    Jenn praise seitan!

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    I wish the pictures were still available!!
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