Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lawrenceville, PA, USA
Re: Valve clearance adjustment; Do the sprockets have to come off?
First; Thank you all for your advise and links. I've watched a lot of Kirk's videos, awesome stuff.
Voyager; Maybe I wasn't clear enough; I meant that on the jap bikes I've done this on I've always left the sprockets on the cams and then just turn the cams (w. sprockets on) to the side to gain access to the buckets. My question was is there anything in the K-motor that prevents this or do the sprockets HAVE to come off? Just looking to save some time, that's all.
I've ridden the bike about 200 miles and I think I can hear some valve clatter, but if anyone thinks it could be something else, I'm all ears. I know that this is hard to "diagnose" without actually hearing the noise but maybe there's something that's typical for this motor/trans that rattles, especially when accelerating. Cam chain tensioner letting loose perhaps? Followers worn out?
I don't see any way to rotate the LT cams with the sprockets and chain attached. This would require severely twisting the chain and likely damaging it. Removing the sprockets isn't hard and eliminates the possibility of damaging something.
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