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post #1 of 12 Old Dec 11th, 2005, 5:58 am Thread Starter
 
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Another interesting find with following links
http://www.gunsmoke.com/scot/k12/valve_adjustment.html

and i have attached it in pdf as well
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That has been my bible for valve adjustments, but doesn't say anythang about cat hair, nor is there a warning/admonishment/hey stoopid to keep all measurements metric (the reason I had to do the 1st valve adjustment 3 times!)



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(the reason I had to do the 1st valve adjustment 3 times!)
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Dez, Scot Marburger's valve adjustment article on www.gunsmoke.com is in the HOW on this board. For anyone looking at it for the first time, note that it addresses the engine in the K12RS, but valve-adjustment-wise, the procedure and specs are exactly the same as for our LT engine.

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Calculations? What calculations?

The first time I used all that mathematix to calculate what I needed for bucket thickness I got it wrong and had to do it agin.
Then I got smarter in a stoopid sorta way.... I don't calculate nothing, metric or otherwise. If a gap is too tight I put in the next thinner bucket, too loose the next thicker one. Let's see, they come in increments of 0.05, or is it 0.005? In any case this method has always worked just fine since I have never found a gap that far off.
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They are in increments of 0.05MM, which is 0.002". (actually 0.0019685, but who can measure that?)

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The first time I used all that mathematix to calculate what I needed for bucket thickness I got it wrong and had to do it agin.
Then I got smarter in a stoopid sorta way.... I don't calculate nothing, metric or otherwise. If a gap is too tight I put in the next thinner bucket, too loose the next thicker one. Let's see, they come in increments of 0.05, or is it 0.005? In any case this method has always worked just fine since I have never found a gap that far off.
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You da man Sir Charlie! Where's there's simplicity you'll find elegance...'cause Grif said so!
Surely you're joking, Bruce (I know - "Don't call me surely"). I've met Grif. "Elegance" is NOT a word that comes to mind in thinking of Grif!

And Charlie, I don't mean to pick on ya, but I wouldn't want folks to get prematurely turned away from BMW LT valve adjustment because they think they're going to run into advanced calculus. The advanced mathematix that has you confused in the valve adjustment procedure is called something else by most other folks: arithmetic. It's adding and subtracting a few numbers. Can you balance a checkbook?

Oops - I guess some folks can't. OK, Charlie, let's put it this way: if you can balance a checkbook, you can do the calculations required to adjust your LT's valves.

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And Charlie, I don't mean to pick on ya, but I wouldn't want folks to get prematurely turned away from BMW LT valve adjustment because they think they're going to run into advanced calculus. The advanced mathematix that has you confused in the valve adjustment procedure is called something else by most other folks: arithmetic. It's adding and subtracting a few numbers. Can you balance a checkbook?
Oops - I guess some folks can't. OK, Charlie, let's put it this way: if you can balance a checkbook, you can do the calculations required to adjust your LT's valves.

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My main point was that I have never found the valve clearances to be far off and having done the valves on this bike several times I realized that I didn't need to fill out a sheet with measurements; for me it has proved to be a time saver.
I didn't think my post would be a deterrent to anyone considering doing their own valves.
I was trying to be a little funny and a little helpful, maybe I failed on both counts.
And I certainly wasn't trying to be insulting.
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The more I do the valve clearance check/adjustment the more I find my buckets, intake and exhaust, are ending up being 2.90mm. My milage is around 40K. And the check and adjustment are not hard to do at all. Just follow the directions in the article mentioned. It does help to have an assistant to rotate the rear wheel to advance the cams. Even a 14 year old can do it.

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And I certainly wasn't trying to be insulting.
And neither was I, Charlie - but when someone contemplating doing a valve adjustment for the first time reads ... "The first time I used all that mathematix to calculate what I needed for bucket thickness I got it wrong and had to do it agin." ... with no smiley faces to indicate you were joking ... well, I can see some newbies being turned off from trying a valve adjustment by reading your statement.

Or not. If not, sorry I posted as I did.

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The first time I used all that mathematix to calculate what I needed for bucket thickness I got it wrong and had to do it agin.
Then I got smarter in a stoopid sorta way.... I don't calculate nothing, metric or otherwise. If a gap is too tight I put in the next thinner bucket, too loose the next thicker one. Let's see, they come in increments of 0.05, or is it 0.005? In any case this method has always worked just fine since I have never found a gap that far off.
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