Valve lash interval poll - Page 11 - 1130cc.com: The #1 Harley Davidson V-Rod Forum
» Insurance
» Sponsors
Go Back   1130cc.com: The #1 Harley Davidson V-Rod Forum > V-ROD Discussions > V-ROD General
New User? Register - Forgot Password

View Poll Results: How many miles until you checked valve lash
10,000-15,000 miles 106 28.80%
15,000-20,000 miles 100 27.17%
20,000-25,000 miles 67 18.21%
25,000-30,000 miles 30 8.15%
Over 30,000 miles 65 17.66%
Voters: 368. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-19-2012, 01:09 AM   #151
HDVRSC
Registered Full
 
HDVRSC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 33
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Great thread. Looks like I'm going to save myself some money and just ride off into the sunset without any cares.
HDVRSC is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-01-2012, 10:42 PM   #152
torinoscj429
Registered Full
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
16,000 mile lash results

2003, 16,000 miles, performed April 30, 2012.

I'm an ASE certified master auto mechanic...cars, not bikes, but the same principles apply.

Spec:

Exhaust .0117 to .0135
Intake .0078 to .0096

Front cylinder:

L ex: .012
R ex: .014 *

L in: .009
R in: .011 *

Rear cylinder:

L ex: .012
R ex: .013

L in: .009
R in: .009

Since adjusting the clearance is quite a chore, and none were too tight, I left them alone. Sometimes, you can over-maintain things...

I must say, though...whoever designed this frame was a real jokester! "Hmmmm...can you get the valve covers out? Yeah? Ok, frame is still too big..."

How much do dealers charge for this service?

Gerard
torinoscj429 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2012, 10:51 PM   #153
torinoscj429
Registered Full
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wild Bill View Post
I am at 30k now and never checked, and mine seems to run better and better.

Whats the worse that can happen? Eventually the valves will not close all the way and loose some compression?
What happens when valves don't shut completely and for long enough, is that heat from the valve head is not transferred to the valve seat. The valve then overheats, and burns, causing loss of compression, and expensive repairs.

If the valves get way too loose, the cam starts to contact away from the built-in "ramp" and hits the flat bucket a little harder than normal. This will cause quicker wear on the cam and bucket.

Overall, it's better to be a "little" too loose, than a little too tight.

Gerard
torinoscj429 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2012, 09:53 AM   #154
SvFiat
Kidzap
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Florida/Massachusetts
Posts: 947
Images: 2
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
You need to add "NEVER" to the poll !
__________________
Have Fun :SvFiat

SvFiat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2012, 03:35 AM   #155
Louis
Posting From The Pub
 
Louis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Portugal
Posts: 7,837
Images: 3
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
It is just such a horrid job I'll keep riding it until the top end fails and then give it a big bore.

I don't want to do it myself and I don't trust anyone else...
__________________
Louis

http://www.flickr.com/photos/acam
http://www.thegentlemansnapper.co.uk

Arnotts, D&D, SEPST, custom paint or all chrome according to mood, GRC seat, wave rotors, Muscle wheels, Burleigh bars, V-Gauge, assorted pretty bits.



2007 VRSC-AW (Fun).
2007 KTM 990 Adventure (Off Road and Touring).
2006 Triumph Daytona T955i (Evil).
2009 Fatboy (Heavily Tarted Up Show Pony).
2011 Bonneville (On long term loan).
1978 Triumph Bonneville Based Racer (Needs A Rebuild)
Louis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2012, 03:29 AM   #156
Vambo
Banned
 
Vambo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 14,893
Feedback Score: 21 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by Louis View Post
It is just such a horrid job I'll keep riding it until the top end fails and then give it a big bore.

I don't want to do it myself and I don't trust anyone else...
The valve lash was my opportunity to do a cam upgrade and anything else while it was open.
Vambo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 02:27 PM   #157
raebear
Another Ski season
 
raebear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Price, UT // Ely, NV
Posts: 2,631
Images: 208
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
30,000 + never checked no issues. Like some of you can't/won't do it myself, don't have anyone remotely close I trust. So I'll just keep changing tires and riding.
__________________
Happy Trails
The Journey Is The Destination
UE 5 Gal. Tank, Heavycycles Stage 1 V Light, Progressive Suspension, Brembo Brakes, Road Winders, Metz 200, more stuff all the time.

Coonass Fan Club- Rocky Mtn Region

RIP Alex Elyjiw, my friend, my brother, me mate !

2005 VRSCA modded a little 2013 Ducati Multistrada, asst'd others
IBA# 55298
raebear is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2013, 09:47 PM   #158
AZA 04B
Registered Full
 
AZA 04B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Illinois
Posts: 34
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Just hit 20k on my 04 B and im gonna push her a little more till i do her valve lash check... maybe throw in some new cams...
AZA 04B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2013, 02:40 AM   #159
knight rod rob
Registered Full
 
knight rod rob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Allen tx
Posts: 137
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Valve adjustment

20k gonna check it myself soon,but not in a hurry.Sounds as good as it did new.Ill do it by 30k.I change oil religisly,synthetic and at that cost,i hope i can benefit from not worring about the overhead anytime soon.

2012 NRSDX ANS
knight rod rob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2013, 03:25 PM   #160
SvFiat
Kidzap
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Florida/Massachusetts
Posts: 947
Images: 2
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
While checking the valve lash is an important maintenance procedure I'm more worried about the chain wear. From what I've seen reported most valves are only out about .002" loose which doesn't effect anything other than a tad more noise coming from the cams. On the other hand we all know that chains will in time stretch. So after many attempts at various HD dealers I found one willing to sell me secondary chain tension tool which I'll be using this winter during the off season. I'll be at 50+K at the end of this riding season. I'm with Louis on this one, when the top end fails, then I'll do something about it.

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0595.jpg
Views:	59
Size:	356.8 KB
ID:	294673

It seems as though HD thinks only qualified HD techs know how to use tools and usually won't sell the specialized tools to John Q Public.

Which is in my mind >
__________________
Have Fun :SvFiat

SvFiat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2013, 05:39 PM   #161
pecee
Registered Full
 
pecee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: new zealand
Posts: 1,939
Feedback Score: 4 reviews
you dont need the tensioner tool.you can see the wear marks on the shaft which give a good impression of where the shaft sits in its bore.figure it from there as to what shims will be need.
pecee is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2013, 09:45 PM   #162
SvFiat
Kidzap
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Florida/Massachusetts
Posts: 947
Images: 2
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by pecee View Post
you dont need the tensioner tool.you can see the wear marks on the shaft which give a good impression of where the shaft sits in its bore.figure it from there as to what shims will be need.
That's ok. I'll just use the right tool for the job and do it once.
__________________
Have Fun :SvFiat

SvFiat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2013, 09:52 AM   #163
V-Rod Mussle
Registered Full
 
V-Rod Mussle's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 66
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
did the valve lash on my 09 F at 24,000 was off spec by enough that I shimmed all valves, but then I also run the dog sht out it. I like redlining third gear, then kick up to 5th,
V-Rod Mussle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2013, 07:15 AM   #164
rbabos
Registered Full
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Woodstock Ontario Canada
Posts: 832
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Two things that will make me dive in. First off if too tight the engine will miss when cold due to valve not completely closing. Once warmed up a bit some clearance develops and the engine runs ok. Single cyl bikes won't even start in this condition due to low compression. Second reason would be more noise then normal. Not getting overly excited unless either one of these occur.
Ron
rbabos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2013, 08:26 AM   #165
primo56
Registered Full
 
primo56's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: wi
Posts: 149
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
primo56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:08 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum HD LiveWire Forum