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  • Yes, I had it done and did it myself.

    34 9.12%
  • Yes, I had it done by a shop and it cost me.......

    36 9.65%
  • No, not yet but soon.

    303 81.23%
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    Re: Valve Adjustments, have you had it done?

    I had mine done by a shop. They charged me $120 because I had a bunch of other stuff done to the bike at the same time. They said that if I had the valve clearances checked by themselves it would have been $200. :shock: Taking care of this bike is too expensive, so I'm starting to do all the work myself. I started with the oil and I'm about to change the spark plugs and flush and fill the cooling system.

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    Re: Valve Adjustments, have you had it done?

    Quote Originally Posted by jlsmith411 View Post
    I had mine done by a shop. They charged me $120 because I had a bunch of other stuff done to the bike at the same time. They said that if I had the valve clearances checked by themselves it would have been $200. :shock: Taking care of this bike is too expensive, so I'm starting to do all the work myself. I started with the oil and I'm about to change the spark plugs and flush and fill the cooling system.
    $200 isn't bad in my opinion. $120 was great, that's if they did it. How many miles did you have on your bike?

    I'm getting the feeling that most of the bikes that had this done, either by a shop or by the membes themselves, all seem to be within specs. I'm probably going to wait until 40k. Afterall, I stretched my plugs out till 20k and they were still fine, but I just changed them anyways.
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    Re: Valve Adjustments, have you had it done?

    Not sure I would wait until 40K. It is true most Yamaha bikes probably are within spec at 24K (seems to be the case with the FJR's) however IF your bike does need adjustment do you want to risk postential engine damage which would cost much more than the valve adjustment?
    It's easy to save $$ by doing your own oil changes etc. but skipping a valve adjustment on your 7k investment is not the best place to save money.

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    Re: Valve Adjustments, have you had it done?

    I was at the Yamaha dealer today in Roseville, Ca. (a shop I trust) and asked the service dept. what a valve adjust would cost. His reply was 2.5 to 5 hours depending on need. Shop rate is $95.00 an hour. So we are talking around $250.00 to close to $500.00 if really out of spec. Ouch... it costs to have fun.

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    Re: Valve Adjustments, have you had it done?

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Wazp View Post
    Not sure I would wait until 40K. It is true most Yamaha bikes probably are within spec at 24K (seems to be the case with the FJR's) however IF your bike does need adjustment do you want to risk postential engine damage which would cost much more than the valve adjustment?
    It's easy to save $$ by doing your own oil changes etc. but skipping a valve adjustment on your 7k investment is not the best place to save money.
    I agree, it's just a gamble. After all, I'm Vegas. You know the old saying, you can pay me now or pay me later. Later as in dearly.
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    Re: Valve Adjustments, have you had it done?

    It really is too easy to do yourself. If you have a few tools and a set of feeler gauges, it only takes a few hours (less if you don't need to make an adjustment). It might seem mechanically intimidating, but it really is easy. Just go slow, and follow the manual. I hate to see anyone give a greedy dealer money for something that they can do themselves.

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    Re: Valve Adjustments, have you had it done?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shamus McFeeley View Post
    It really is too easy to do yourself. If you have a few tools and a set of feeler gauges, it only takes a few hours (less if you don't need to make an adjustment). It might seem mechanically intimidating, but it really is easy. Just go slow, and follow the manual. I hate to see anyone give a greedy dealer money for something that they can do themselves.
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    Re: Valve Adjustments, have you had it done?

    I checked my valves myself after being quoted $400 just for labor. There's 35k miles on the motor and only one exhaust valve was out of spec. on the tight side.

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    Re: Valve Adjustments, have you had it done?

    No one has mentioned the shim kit. Did anyone buy a shim kit before even checking the valves in the event they would be needed? Question for those that have done this, where did you get your valve shim kit from and how much?

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    Re: Valve Adjustments, have you had it done?

    Yamaha doesn't sell a kit, just individual shims. However, these are the same size and numbering system as a particular Honda shim style, and they may sell a kit. In my case, I had quite a few on hand from previous engine services, but didn't need to swap any. Based on what I measured recently, I anticipate adjusting 3-6 valves next time.
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