Ok i bit the bullet and busted out the manual, some may remember my apprehension to doing the work on my own bike having never done it before. well, i decided to check my own valve spacing, and it was easier than expected. i want to make sure i did it right and im not gonna replace the shims incorrectly. I used the feeler guages and found the actual spacings to be way off. the actual measurements are at home but what i really need to know is how much resistance should i feel when i take the measurements? the manual says "some resistance" i went with the minimum resistance i could feel, like started with the smallest feeler and moved up till i felt resistance between the lobe and the lifter. is that correct? if so good deal now i can move on. i have not pulled off the cams yet to see the actual shim size thats installed yet cuz im a little unsure about how to get the timing right once i put everything back together. The book says to make a metal tool for the cam chain tensioner to reinstall it, is that necessary or is there a way around this? also, do i need to take the chain tensioner off all the way to get the chain off the cams or can i loosen it and then tighten it back up once im ready? i guess what im asking is what is the easiest way to get the cams off and do the shims and get the timing right once im done? if anyone can give me a few pointers that would help alot! thanks!