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June 6th, 2012, 05:14 PM   #101
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Re: 70 degree valve check/adjustment

Originally Posted by rwhite148f
When I checked my valves at 15hrs all four were on the tight side, two were pretty much closed; bike still ran absoloubtly fine.
So-o-o-o ... did you adjust them?
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Re: 70 degree valve check/adjustment

hmmpf...so that would mean my problem isn't valve related.... anyway i will check them soon, many thanks to who posted up this thread
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Re: 70 degree valve check/adjustment

Just wanted to say a sincere .... THANKS .... for all the info here !!

I had planned on bringing my '11FE570S with 55 hours on it to the local dealer and have them perform the valve clearance check/adjust but I stumbled across this thread and after reading it and re-reading it numerous times I decided to give it a go myself.

My 'Berg's valve clearances were loose (probably contributed greatly to the lack of wanting to start/run when cold issues, but started/ran fine when hot), so I used the "remove rocker shaft" technique with no problems.

Couple of points of interest: When removing the rocker shaft bolts I found a large variance in the torque required. For instance the left (clutch side) exhaust rocker bolt was, I would estimate almost twice as tight as the right side. I had to use a 6" extension on my ratchet for more leverage.
I was very careful to retorque all 4 of the rocker shaft bolts evenly and at the recommended amount......15nm. This is real important because I tried/noticed a little looser and tighter on the rocker shaft bolts affects the clearance values.
This was the first valve clearance check for this engine.

Also....spark plug access....with the right hand radiator removed it was a no brainer. But....with that radiator in place ... it would be a "challenge" to say the least to be able to remove/replace the spark plug. I've added to my "on bike" tool kit the tools just in case while out in the boonies I had to remove/replace the spark plug. I used the factory provided spark plug socket but definitely preferred the 14mm deep socket with an extension.

And....more thanks for the recommendation of using a micrometer to verify shim thickness. I found the new ones to be on avg. .04mm thinner than labeled.

In closing, I wanted to mention DaleEO, E-ticket, DeeG and especially Davo for the excellent advice, photos and what not to make this happen for me.

Dave
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November 9th, 2012, 09:51 PM   #104
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Re: 70 degree valve check/adjustment

2011 390FE 7.7 hours, first check

Can I call this TDC? I know, I'm a bit paranoid this is my first valve check


intake/exhaust in spec
I did not pull the tank. Would I need to do that if I had to add shims?
Also I did not lock the engine either. I would imagine that would be necessary if I pulled the cams/rocker shaft right?

BTW, no matter how clean you think you work do not perform this service in your pajamas.
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November 9th, 2012, 11:35 PM   #105
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Re: 70 degree valve check/adjustment

Originally Posted by scorpion
2011 390FE 7.7 hours, first check

Can I call this TDC? I know, I'm a bit paranoid this is my first valve check
Perfect TDC

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I did not pull the tank. Would I need to do that if I had to add shims?
I'm not sure

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Also I did not lock the engine either. I would imagine that would be necessary if I pulled the cams/rocker shaft right?
I used the "remove the rocker" method and did not lock the engine. I would lock the engine if I was using the "remove the camshaft" method.

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February 15th, 2013, 02:05 PM   #106
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Re: 70 degree valve check/adjustment

Trying to get my head around this so I fully understand.

On my exhaust valve, the 10, 12, & 15 fit but the 17 did not.
Is that in spec? I guess the .10mm fitting is throwing me off.

Is the concept of a gap range mean the ATLEAST .12mm and not more than .17mm?
Doesnt make excat sense to me because shouldnt the 10 NOT fit?
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Re: 70 degree valve check/adjustment

Originally Posted by scorpion
Trying to get my head around this so I fully understand.

On my exhaust valve, the 10, 12, & 15 fit but the 17 did not.
Is that in spec? I guess the .10mm fitting is throwing me off.

Is the concept of a gap range mean the ATLEAST .12mm and not more than .17mm?
Doesnt make excat sense to me because shouldnt the 10 NOT fit?
.10 is smaller than .15, so if you put anything smaller than .15, it will fit.
Your exhaust valve (you have 2) is between .15 and .16 because the .17 didn't fit.
So it is in spec.
And yes, the gap should not be smaller than .12 and not more than .17.

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April 26th, 2013, 02:43 AM   #108
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Re: 70 degree valve check/adjustment

For the first time I checked mine on a 2011 FE390 last week. They were still within spec after 100 hours
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July 15th, 2013, 04:13 AM   #109
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Re: 70 degree valve check/adjustment

getting ready to do my first valve check as well, super happy to have this tread and all the info!

'11 FE390 with 19 hours/700 km.

A very silly question... One thing i didn't notice in this thread, is there any sort of gasket used on the big black cover?

Would hate to haul it apart and have to wait/order to get one in (no ktm/berg dealers around here)
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July 15th, 2013, 08:48 AM   #110
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Re: 70 degree valve check/adjustment

There is a rubber gasket on the black plastic cover. Just clean it up and put back, no worries.
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