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Offline Con_ndrm

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Valves are still PERFECT...
« on: December 14, 2008, 02:09:00 pm »
Just had the full service completed on my C14 yesterday.  Yes I was VERY late on it I know, please don't tell Mama Kawi on me!  ;)    NO VALVE ADJUSTMENT!  This now makes 41k miles (40,777 to be exact), and not a SINGLE valve has needed adjusted yet.  All but two intake and 3 exhaust are perfectly in the center of the range; and those 2&3 are on the low end of the range, which my mech tells me is good news.  That's a good thing too - it's 8 hrs labor to get far enough to check (and do the rest of the service of course, and Bud tells me it'd be another 3-4 hours if he had to actually adjust one...    Have I mentioned I LOVE this bike??!?   :p  John  2008 Concours14 "Conundrum",2006 Blue ZX-14 "Zexy"  COG # 6819,AMA # 840034,ROK # 398016  PROUD owner of a Concours14 - 41k mi. and rising and I LOVE IT!!!  
  
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Offline Charles W. (Chuck)_Hoefflin_IN

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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2008, 08:46:00 am »
I just had mine checked also after 15.6K miles with the same results.  All of the readings were in the lower one-half of the tolerance range but still in specs.  I expect the initial wear and bedding-in is completed and they will now be stable for a long time.  I don't expect to go into them again for another 20-25K miles.    I pulled all of the fairing, etc. off of my bike before I took it in so the dealer's time was only 2 1/4 hours.    Edit:  With all of the fairings, etc. off the bike, I took the opportunity yesterday to check and see how closely the throttle bodies were synched.  I have a vacuum line on each throttle body port so can use my Twin-Max unit on two ports at a time.  Checked 1 and 2, then 3 and 4, then 1 and 4.  They were all very closely synched.  No adjustments required.  No wonder my engine runs so smoothly.    
« Last Edit: December 17, 2008, 09:56:00 am by Charles W. (Chuck)_Hoefflin_IN »

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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2008, 11:05:00 am »
21k and only one valve did not need new shims. C- balancer and T- bodies all out of adjustment. New plugs installed for good luck. Ready to roll again.  
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2009, 07:21:00 pm »
thats not fair! i just did mine (15,4k) and each one was either too tight, or right on the edge.  two of them were scary tight.  i wonder what makes some bikes seat more than others?  Tom Hess  North Charleston, SC    COG #8406  IBA #30337  CDA #248 (C10)    97 c10 (former)  08 c14 (current)
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Offline Charles W. (Chuck)_Hoefflin_IN

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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2009, 08:49:00 pm »
Tom,    It's called 'clean living'.  That's how some of us end up with valve clearances that are still in tolerance and others need to make adjustments.  I don't know any other way to explain it.  

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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2009, 02:00:00 am »
Not only do I wish my C10 would not need valve adjust.  I wish I knew it didn't need it without checking.  At least you can check a bit less often.  ----------------------------------  South Central Area Director  Email scad@cog-online.org    <p align="left">My Photos<br
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2009, 12:57:00 pm »
I think these shim-under-bucket schemes are pretty nice. None of my FJR riding buds have had their valves adjusted, many with over 50,000 miles on them. I haven't had mine checked since I got it. Presently has 30K on it. Goes like hell, still great mileage. Why fix it if'n it ain't broke?     Also, it's $350 to have it checked.LOL  Bob "Flylooper" Burns  COG #5887  E Clampus Vitus, YB#1  '04 FJR 1300  
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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2009, 01:10:00 pm »
chuck, not sure i follow you...what does clean living mean?  if youre referring to riding conservatively, i fall into that category.  my c14 is my ONLY mode of transportation, so im not gonna thrash it and risk having a denial of warranty.    not sure what else that would mean..enlighten me?!  Tom Hess  North Charleston, SC    COG #8406  IBA #30337  CDA #248 (C10)    97 c10 (former)  08 c14 (current)
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2009, 02:44:00 pm »
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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2009, 11:29:00 pm »
Darrell, the interval for valve check/adjust is 15,000 miles on the C14 and as was posted above its 8 hours labor for the full job and Chuck got his down to 2 1/2 hours by bringing the bike in with the body work stripped off already. The cost would depend on what the dealer gets for labor per hour.  CT AAD  COG #7011-A  2003 Concours-Mary Ann  1995 Honda Nighthawk 750 wifes  

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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2009, 09:59:00 pm »
Hey Darrell, how's it going?  All the bones aligning back up OK?  I'm doing pretty good but this damn winter weather hanging in hurts.    Thinking of a C14?  Want me to scout the locals around here to see what's available.  I work almost next door to Renton Motorsports (Hon/Kaw/Yam/Suz)    
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