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Re: First Valve Adjustment @ 112,000
« Reply #30 on: January 26, 2014, 07:44:39 am »
Has anyone read the most recent Tech Q&A section in Rider Magazine related to the valve check on the C-14?  Page 63.  A question came from a new owner inquirering about the valve adjustment intervals.  The response ended as follows:  "I know if I owned a 1400 Concours, after the initial inspection I'd seriously pretend it had hydraulic lifters." I didnt find a link to post. Basically says the job is difficult and a lot can go wrong.  I had a shop perform my initial check at 21K.
I just read the article in Rider and based on it I have decided to let my subscription lapse.  I have done 2 successful valve adjustments on my 08 and I have no training and am by no means a proficient  mechanic. I am astounded that a magazine would publish a tech article by such a total incompetent. Maybe we should take up a collection and buy the poor fool a copy of Fred's videos :rotflmao:
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Re: First Valve Adjustment @ 112,000
« Reply #31 on: January 26, 2014, 07:53:43 am »
Has anyone ever had a failure due to lack of adjustment?

Not that we've heard of here..
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Re: First Valve Adjustment @ 112,000
« Reply #32 on: January 27, 2014, 04:15:59 pm »
Has anyone ever had a failure due to lack of adjustment?

I have been reading this forum for almost four years and have never seen a post even implying that they have had any issues from lack of checking/setting the valve lash.  Of course we are only a small portion of owners.

Yet I see the vast majority of postings saying that when checked they are either all perfect or needing only very slight adjustment (probably within safety).
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Re: First Valve Adjustment @ 112,000
« Reply #33 on: January 27, 2014, 05:43:52 pm »
I have been reading this forum for almost four years and have never seen a post even implying that they have had any issues from lack of checking/setting the valve lash.  Of course we are only a small portion of owners.

Yet I see the vast majority of postings saying that when checked they are either all perfect or needing only very slight adjustment (probably within safety).
I have been reading the forum for more than 6 years and I can't recall ever hearing about a valve problem or any kind of engine failure.
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Re: First Valve Adjustment @ 112,000
« Reply #34 on: January 28, 2014, 11:00:23 am »
Not that we've heard of here..

there was one pre "site crash" that was from extreme carbon ridge/fouling on piston & cylinders, that when it was repaired the service people didn't go thru the analysis well, and disassembled the motor without checking/recording the clearances. It was rebuilt by Kaw under warranty. Pretty much could have been attributed to intakes hanging open.
Can't prove it now, but that O/P at the time tended to agree with my diagnosis when he described the carbon fouled areas.

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