High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Millgrove, ON, CA
There are ticks and there are ticks. The valve tick you are talking about to my knowledge didn't affect the '03's, just certain '04's and '05's. I suspect the tick you're hearing is a fuel injector tick which is completely normal.
However, if you don't know the history (when the last valve check was, who did it or what the gaps were), it is possible someone re-shimmed and you have a larger gap on a valve, etc.
I'm thinking if you had a valve seal leaking, you'd see blue smoke as you decelerate from speed (throttle off, vacuum high), then puff right as you roll on hard throttle. Have someone follow you to find out. Bit of a job to remove the headers.
Keep yer stick on the ice....
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