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99' bird with 65K so I'm thinking this winter might be time to have a look at valves. I stop at the Honda shop and ask if anyone has adjusted valves on a Blackbird.

I get a somewhat blank look and he asks me what brand bike is that. I'm not kidding. Then I find out the oldest guy in the shop was born in 82'.

It takes the service manager more than a half hour of looking at books so I leave and have them mail me an estimate, here it is.

I can do it myself 'if' I can get shims.

 

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2 hours ago, OMG said:

I stop at the Honda shop and ask if anyone has adjusted valves on a Blackbird.

For people who I think are NOT in the know I use CBR 1100XX instead of Blackbird but I know, you were in a Honda shop.  :rolleyes:

I should peek at mine but haven't.

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2 hours ago, OMG said:

 

I can do it myself 'if' I can get shims.

 

 

Industry standard 7.48 mm Dia. shims. Irrc. They are widely available. Many other brands of mcycle use those plus there is aftermarket like Hotcams or K&L.

 

The nice thing about Honda OEM shim is the fact they available in 0.025 mm steps unlike aftermarket- 0.05mm. 

So if you are anal about engines like I am go with Honda OEM shims.

 

I always like to get valve clearances as close as possible.  The OEM window, let's say 0.13-0.19 mm or 0.06 mm spread, is not good enough for me. I'd like to get them to within 0.01-0.02 mm.

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

I know I'm late to the party, but for both for the Honda F4i and another for the Kawi ZX6, 2 separate local dealers were willing  to swap out the shims I needed with ones I didnt as per an online valve clearance calculator(looks like JaBr has one), even steven, no questions asked. Neither valve inspection/adjustment cost me a dime. 

 

As already mentioned, I'd measure first, maybe you wont even need any. I inspected the Speed Triple at the beginning of this season- deadnuts on.

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