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Reshimmed Valves - Higher compression?

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On my E kicker I recently redid the valve clearances.

The initial clearances were:

In: <0.05 & <0.05

Ex: 0.15 & 0.20

After replacing the shims they're now at

In: 0.12 & 0.10

Ex: 0.35 & 0.35

My digital caliper mustn't have been accurate enough when I meaured the original exhaust shims (couldn't see any numbers stamped on them) and so the exhaust valve clearances are 0.1mm over the OEM optimum range (which is 0.2-0.3)

My problem is the bike now has higher compression and is now a lot harder to kickstart when it's warm, it looks like I might have to reinstall my hot start lever.

If I redo the clearances and bring the exhaust clearances down 0.25 will this reduce the compression?

Before did the reshim my bike was very easy to kick over.

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The only way you would reduce compression is if a valve is being held open (no clearance) NOT good, when I had kicker thumpers I played with the idle mixture and idle speed to get the best starting I could.

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I have seemed to work out that if I treat it like an old XR600 :ride: and click it to TDC before I kick it over, it usually starts first time.

It's just strange the amount of kickback I have now compared to before the reshim. I think I'll redo the clearances closer to OEM spec next week when I have some spare time.

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I also have a kicker -not E- . Suzuki put a hot start button on these bikes for a reason. It works. My bike, when she gets good and hot, is damn hard to kick over without the hot start, and I have a virtually brand new top end (new valves, springs, seals, etc..) I use the hot start so much I invested in a handlebar mount hot start from yoshimura. Zip Ty also offers one for the DRZ. much better in that I don't have to reach down near the carb to mess with it.

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I can't reinstall my standard button in the original place as I have my Stebel airhorn there. $50 is expensive for the handlebar switch (especially since it'll be $70-80 after postage from USA) so I might look at relocating my standard button to the handebars instead. It looks pretty straightforward, all it will need is a bracket and a filter for the inlet hose.

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