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post #1 of 5 Old Mar 14th, 2013, 11:45 pm Thread Starter
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Valve Adjustment Question

I've been checking the valve clearances on my 05 LT and found a couple intakes that were out of specs. After replacing the buckets on those valves and re-installing the cam, tightening and torqueing the nuts, when I re-checked, some of the other valves that had previously checked OK now check too tight. What's going on here?

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Did you have all the buckets off at one time? Did you document the value of each one? This will help sort out the issue. I ran into that once and I had to run the engine through several revolutions then re-check the clearance. There is always the potential of a bit of dirt or carbon under the valve head to open up the clearance initially only to clear then tighten the clearance. I would make sure everything is clean, rotate her through two or three complete cycles and check again.

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Did you have all the buckets off at one time? Did you document the value of each one? This will help sort out the issue. I ran into that once and I had to run the engine through several revolutions then re-check the clearance. There is always the potential of a bit of dirt or carbon under the valve head to open up the clearance initially only to clear then tighten the clearance. I would make sure everything is clean, rotate her through two or three complete cycles and check again.
I pulled them all out as this was the first time I've done it on this bike and wanted to record which actual buckets I had. I did rotate the engine manually after I had everything back together, but it did not change the ones that are now off. I don't want to put it back together, then run it, only to have to open it up again to check if I don't have to.

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I am sure you got the right ones back in the right place. Stuff like that happens. I had two mysteriously "tighten up" on me during my check at 47K both intakes on #4. Ended up replacing those at 49k. ( I don't remember why there was a 2k gap but that is what is logged in the maintenance spread sheet).

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I am sure you got the right ones back in the right place. Stuff like that happens. I had two mysteriously "tighten up" on me during my check at 47K both intakes on #4. Ended up replacing those at 49k. ( I don't remember why there was a 2k gap but that is what is logged in the maintenance spread sheet).
I'm sure, as I didn't pull them all out at one time. Just did them one at a time, checked the number, wrote it down, and then put it back in the same place.

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