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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-23-2017, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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16,000 Mile Service- Valve Clearance??

Hey all,

I purchased a used 1800 with relatively low mileage. I am coming up on my 16000 mile service which is considered a major one since they have to check the valve clearance. Is this necessary? I have called around and it adds hundreds of dollars to the service. What could happen if I skip that part?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-23-2017, 08:16 PM
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Bob do it yourself.... Many do...
I am 25 Mi away and want to do mine also...
Maybe we could plan a meeting and small Tech session....????
Have another buddy With1300 down the road a mile that needs it also..
I have done almost everything myself to mine and had the tank off more times then I can count.. When it warms up a tad Im willing to give it a try..
Will have all the tools ready......



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Remember that the engine's got to be STONE COLD for the valve inspection! The service manual calls for sitting overnight prior to doing the clearance check.
If you ride to a tech session, your bike will definitely be too warm for the valve inspection/adjustment.

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What Nate said, otherwise I'd joins yous as mine needs doin' soon too.

Bob, do consider it a necessity before adding more miles of any significance. The first valve inspection is arguably the most critical one for the wellbeing of the valves and valve seats.
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What Primus wrote is so true. During 'break in' the valve seats can move closer to the rocker. After the first several thousand miles the material that the seats are pressed into become work hardened and the movement stops. A good fan directed at the cylinder heads for an hour or so will cool the heads enough for an accurate check/adjust. Take your time and remove as much as possible for access. The exhaust access port on the 13s is tiny. Order new '0' rings ahead of time just in case.
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YA I am sure we can find something to do while they cool off.
My garage is sort of set up???? And I have a good fan I can bring out.
My buddy up here is a major flake and ever shows up, but I am willing to travel to you also... Be good to meet up also.

Primus Where are you at??? We could do a good/fun job with 3 or 4 + of us.
Think there are a couple more So Cal people also near by????
Maybe even start a Motorcycle GANG !!!! LOL
"Hells Hondas" has a good ring to it!! LMAO



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You guys....... In SoCal....... Shoot, fly me out there. I'll adjust all y'alls valves while you guys shoot the shot and drink beer.
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The storms are passing now, about 50* and partial sun today..
Reports say 62* & sunny this week.. Yeeehhaaaaa



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Frnkcat, I am 100 miles south of you in a tiny rural town named Aguanga (sounds like awonga), you may have passed through if you ever rode to Julian.

That's a whole lot of beer drinkin' time while the motor cools off
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1800 Service Manual page 3-8 says 95F or colder engine...
Bare's write up:
http://tech.bareasschoppers.com/engi...ment-vtx-1800/
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