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When he initially posted this, his procedure was incorrect. When a couple of folks pointed it out, he banned them from his site and then corrected his error in the video afterward, rather than thanking them.

Iíve found some of his videos to be very helpful. But I wouldnít follow his advice on anything as complex as a valve adj unless I already knew how to do one and just wanted to see the video for visual familiarization.

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I did watch that one... it was ok for the most part... he only did a check, he didn't do an adjust. That takes extra skills and knowledge.
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I did watch that one... it was ok for the most part... he only did a check, he didn't do an adjust. That takes extra skills and knowledge.

I've done all of my own service so far. I think I could do the check just fine, but I'd really hate to do it, then discover that I actually *need* to adjust. I'm not confident enough in my skills to start lifting cams, lol.


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I've done all of my own service so far. I think I could do the check just fine, but I'd really hate to do it, then discover that I actually *need* to adjust. I'm not confident enough in my skills to start lifting cams, lol.
No precise data but perhaps less than 1 in 3 who check the FJR valves find one that requires reshimming. The point is that if it needs then it really needs else serious damage is pending.

Valves wear to tighter until so tight the valve doesnít fully close. When hot gasses blow through partially closed valve the valve can not make contact with head to cool. The valve burns. The valve seat gets damaged as well.

Honestly, if you can handle draining coolant and removing emission plumbing to reach camshaft cover then removing the camshafts isnít worse than anything you have already done. But having done that on other engines, for FJR I put the bike in an independent shop during a week out of town for work. And then spent several more weeks recovering from sinus infection.
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No adjustments were necessary at either of the checks on my 2014. I had one done around 40,000 on the 2018. No adjustments required. Would suck to ignore it and be one of the rare few that needs adjustment, though.

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I've done all of my own service so far. I think I could do the check just fine, but I'd really hate to do it, then discover that I actually *need* to adjust. I'm not confident enough in my skills to start lifting cams, lol.


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AW Jeez, piece of cake, LOL... can walk you through it, not that bad once things are opened up... where are you located.... maybe near a tech gathering one day?

Despite what Yammy says, you can delay your first check out to whatever, say 40k, but it is nice to have that first one done so you know where you're at. Just me, but I'd re-shim them all then to 70th percentile and really not worry about another one until 100k.
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I have 42k miles on my 2014 FJR. At the 25k mile mark I check the valves for the first time. All the exhaust valves were at .007 or .008 in. tight end of spec. Intakes were right in the middle of the spec. Going to check them again at 50k miles and I figure I will have to re-shim some of the exhaust valves. Was planning on trading the bike last year, but just could not let it go, so now I m going to have check the vales again.

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