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'02 954 valve clearance adjustment: DIY or shop

Hi all,

Valve clearances on my '02 954 with approx. 37K miles need adjusting, and I am debating on whether to do the adjustments myself or have the dealership do it. Valve clearance measurements, taken twice, are appended.

I am fairly mechanically inclined and comfortable working on cars and bikes but a valve clearance adjustment on a compact and modern engine such as this would be the most complicated work that I would have done.

Inputs and suggestions on whether to have the shop do it (guessing about a $400 job) or do it myself and on the planned steps as listed below are appreciated.

If I do this work myself, here is what I am thinking needs to get done based on reading the shop manuals and several related posts on this board and others.

1. Remove cam chain tensioner housing (replace with manual tensioner during re-install, CBR ZONE)
2. Take another set of valve clearance measurements
3. Check cylinder pressures (planning on renting a gauge from O'Reilly's instead of spending $50 to $60 on buying one just for this job)
4. Remove camshafts
5. Replace shims as needed to bring all clearances to spec
6. Use lots of molybednum disuplhide grease and reinstall camshafts
7. Recheck valve clearances and cylinder pressure
8. Install manual CCT, possibly new plugs
9. Re-install a boatload of other parts (incl. changing coolant)
10. Ride!

Thanks!

* Spec
Intake: 0.006 +/- 0.001
Exhaust: 0.011 +/- 0.001

* Measurements:
1LI: 0.005/0.005
1RI: 0.005/0.005
3LI: 0.006/0.006
3RI: 0.0055/0.005

2LE: 0.008/0.0085
2RE: 0.008/0.0095
4LE: 0.008/0.008
4RE: 0.008/0.009

2LI: 0.006/0.0055
2RI: 0.006/0.006
4LI: 0.005/0.005
4RI: 0.005/0.005

1LE: 0.009/0.008
IRE: 0.009/0.008
3LE: 0.009/0.008
3RE: 0.009/0.008
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Re: '02 954 valve clearance adjustment: DIY or shop

I've been debating whether i should do it on my 929 as well. It has 36k miles and it has never been done once...

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Re: '02 954 valve clearance adjustment: DIY or shop

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I've been debating whether i should do it on my 929 as well. It has 36k miles and it has never been done once...
My experience in just getting to the point of checking valve clearances is that it is quite a bit of work.
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Re: '02 954 valve clearance adjustment: DIY or shop

I'm worried about dropping something in the engine or after removing the cam shafts and all that i can't put them back properly.

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Re: '02 954 valve clearance adjustment: DIY or shop

I do pretty much all my maintenance, except for shims, screw and locknut tappets like bandits are easy, but not shims. I pay circa 150 for the local bike shop to do it.
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Re: '02 954 valve clearance adjustment: DIY or shop

I wish they would make them hydraulic so they would adjust themselves like most cars nowadays.

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