Join Date: May 2004
Location: Hazel Green, AL, USA
Valve Stem Seals
Well I finally got around to doing the seals today. I used a borrowed BMW valve spring compressor from an old member here, David Shealy. Wow that thing worked great. Normally one does this on engine by running a piston to just beyond TDC, locking the rear wheel while in 5th and pressurizing the cylinder to hold the valves in place. I just wanted to set the pistons at 90 off of TDC so I rigged up a "T" and ran a hose to adjacent cylinders so there would be no engine movement from start to finish making cam install a snap. It worked out really well and the replacement took about 2.5 hours not counting cam removal and other prep.
I took lots of pictures and will post them after I get her all back together. The issue was a change in oil consumption after I reached 100K. It also varied as to how much based on driving mode. Lots of high rpm throttle work in the mountains causwed more oil to be consumed (half a sight glass in one day in the smokies). Open highway the consumption was negligible. As I suspected the valve seals were leaking a bit as I found crud on the valve guides under the seals on several valves (not all) so here is hoping I have it licked. Now to go put the cams back in and get some new plugs.
2009 K1300GT Red Rocket
2009 R1200GS (Gone)
2005 K1200LT Ocean Blue Blue Wizard 110 K and counting...
2006 Bushtec Turbo+2 Spell
2004 330 Ci Convertable
Have ridden a Motorcycle in all 48
But lack DE, MA, RI and CT with the 2005 LT
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