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September 7th, 2020, 12:09 AM   #1
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FE650 2004 Starting problem

Hello,

(I just got here and its my first post, so be gentle please)

I can't get my berg starting. The last time I drove it, it was almost four years ago.
I already changed my spark plug, spark plug boot (I cut a piece off the ignition cable), and checked the spark. It isn't the biggest and fattest spark, but it's a spark.
Then i cleaned the carb by doing ultrasonic cleaning. Carb settings has been "factory reset" (including float height). I truly believe that engine is getting that fuel, but i cannot confirm yet.
After the carb clening starting kick sound has "changed", sounding more "wettier" so i guess the engine is getting fuel.
Next step is to add some lovely startpilot and check if it starts with that. This 650 has always been pain in the ass getting started.

Any advice what to check next?


Thank you!

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September 7th, 2020, 01:19 AM   #2
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If it's alway been difficult to start when did you last set the valve clearances?
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September 7th, 2020, 02:12 AM   #3
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If it's alway been difficult to start when did you last set the valve clearances?
I believe it's about four years ago... I will check valve clearances, thanks!
I mean, it was always "hard" to get it start, because it took some time to found the right starting sequence, but after mastering it, i did even manage to start it with my left foot while sitting on bike But any of my KTM friends couldn't get it running tho...
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December 3rd, 2020, 03:02 PM   #4
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Valve clearance for FC600

Hello
I have a 2004 FE650 that I’m having problems getting started too. Don’t know how long it has been sitting for before I got my hands on it!
I can’t get a feeler gauge in to check the valve clearances on the FE650, the engine sits too close to the frame, can barely fit my fingers in there!
I found this video, and I’ve done my valve clearances the same way this guy does it. Can someone comment on whether this a valid method or is it too inaccurate? Haven’t actually got mine started yet so can’t vouch for it
This is the video:

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December 4th, 2020, 08:39 AM   #5
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its about right. no need to move the nut just imagine 2 numbers on a clock face.
use a stepped ring spanner and use it to tighten AS WELL.

Taffmeisters golden rule;
morse code the tappets and if you can't hear them at the rear licence plate then cut some slack coz one of the valves is a tight 1/6th of a turn.

don't give them extra slack. that is just as bad.
unfortunately the spanner needs a good yank on it (pun unintentional) as you can see, even the nut wobbles!
must be at TDC exactly.
use the end out of a chubby.
making Ikea cabinets come with a 'Zig' M4 allen spanner. excellent for the rocker cover bolts.
put half the rocker cover in the vice and whack with a copper hammer to straighten the cover.
check the covers on the workshop window.
take the slack out of the rocker arm laterally but not enough that you can't do the morse code trick.

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December 5th, 2020, 11:43 AM   #6
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Question Morse code the tapets?

Thank you for your reply and sharing your knowledge Taffy!
Could you explain a bit more what you mean about morse coding the tappets?
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