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2009 Valve Check - Observations.

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The process is a bit tougher in 2009.

While I'm waiting for my suspension, I thought that I'd get my hour meter installed, radiator braces mounted, and do a baseline valve check. The bike only has dealer prep time and dealer decompression fix time.

Great news - both intake valves and exhaust valves are SPOT on the default spec. Perfect.

Bad news - it is MUCH tougher to do a valve check than on prior model years. Finding TDC - simple - same as previous. Exhaust valves - simple - same as previous. Intake valves - requires contorionist + fine motor skills + X-Ray vision to get in and under the cam cover and verify the clearance.

I do like the 2 bolt head cover. Simple.

It is CROWDED under the tank in '09. Lots of stuff in and around down there.

P.S. I did have a bit of a scare when validating the cam timing when I aligned the crankshaft mark and I thought that the cam mark did not line up - UGH - the dealer screwed up during the decompression fix. Then I did a doublecheck on the crank mark - it has slipped when I moved to the left side. What at relief.

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The process is a bit tougher in 2009.

While I'm waiting for my suspension, I thought that I'd get my hour meter installed, radiator braces mounted, and do a baseline valve check. The bike only has dealer prep time and dealer decompression fix time.

Great news - both intake valves and exhaust valves are SPOT on the default spec. Perfect.

Bad news - it is MUCH tougher to do a valve check than on prior model years. Finding TDC - simple - same as previous. Exhaust valves - simple - same as previous. Intake valves - requires contorionist + fine motor skills + X-Ray vision to get in and under the cam cover and verify the clearance.

I do like the 2 bolt head cover. Simple.

It is CROWDED under the tank in '09. Lots of stuff in and around down there.

P.S. I did have a bit of a scare when validating the cam timing when I aligned the crankshaft mark and I thought that the cam mark did not line up - UGH - the dealer screwed up during the decompression fix. Then I did a doublecheck on the crank mark - it has slipped when I moved to the left side. What at relief.

just curious, could you have had the dealer check the valves when they changed the pin? I am asking cause i am taking my bike in next week and was thinking it may cost nothing to have them check it while they are there anyway? I dont know much about checking valves.

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just curious, could you have had the dealer check the valves when they changed the pin? I am asking cause i am taking my bike in next week and was thinking it may cost nothing to have them check it while they are there anyway? I dont know much about checking valves.

Unless you have an amazing dealer, it will probably cost more than nothing. But it should still be less than usual imo.

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just curious, could you have had the dealer check the valves when they changed the pin? I am asking cause i am taking my bike in next week and was thinking it may cost nothing to have them check it while they are there anyway? I dont know much about checking valves.

You can ask. They are right there with everything exposed. They should.

However, I would suggest that you take an hour to learn this basic maintenance process. Not hard and the manual does a good job of explaining the step by step process. Time well invested to get to know your machine.

Don't take my earlier summary as a discoraging point - it is harder than prior years but it is not hard.

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