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Old 06-19-2007, 11:43 AM   #1
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So my 06 2006 has 5400 miles. To date, the valves haven't been adjusted or even checked, so I decided this weekend to check them. I noticed around 4-5K, the bike has a harmonic "woowoowoowoowoo" sound and some what could be valve train noise. I hope it also makes the bike sound like a...you know bike and not like weed wacker motor. I think the biggest reason I've put it off is I've torn the bike down so many times adjusting the jet kit, checking plugs, etc that its a pain in the butt at this point. I do know not to torque the valve cover bolts to their recommended torque as they break easily, but any thing else to look for? Anyone recommend any sealants or will reusing only the gasket be ok?
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Old 06-19-2007, 12:13 PM   #2
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Sure you can re-use the valve cover gasket, and no sealent is needed.

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Where in Maine are you located?
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Old 06-19-2007, 12:56 PM   #3
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Hollis. Its in York County about 20 miles west of Portland. I'm near all the big cities (if you can call them that) in southern Maine
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Old 06-19-2007, 01:12 PM   #4
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get the valves adjusted, it really makes a difference!
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:00 PM   #5
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[quote="bswasey"] I do know not to torque the valve cover bolts to their recommended torque as they break easily[quote]

Why what do you torque them to. I've torqued them to 10 ft. lbs. and the unions to 11.5 without a problem.
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:05 PM   #6
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I haven't taken the cover off yet, but have heard of them snapping before 10ft lbs was reached.
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Old 06-20-2007, 04:34 AM   #7
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Reuse valve cover gasket . Put silicone on the protrusions . Hollow hex head bolts torque REALLY low , as they brake easy . I leave mine at like 6 ft/lbs , as I broke one before getting to HALF of what the book says . They don't leak there . And I REALLY just go by feel . It don't take much . And if the allens leak , not only will it not cause a ton of problems , but it's easy enough to tighten them up slightly until they DON'T leak anymore .
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Old 06-20-2007, 12:21 PM   #8
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I almost set the bike on fire last night. Thats how mad I got at it. It took 30 min to strip it down, then an additional 2 1/2 hours just to get one valve cover bolt out!!!!! Its the one facing the front of the bike right behind the cooler in the center of cover. I rounded out the hex hole! GRRR. I couldn't get an allen wrench to bite into it at all so I ground a slot in one side, got a BIG punch and put a 5 pound sledge hammer to it and it loosened. Now I need to go the dealer and get a new bolt. WHy didn't they just use normal hex heads? Also, 5 bolts total are just under a non-removable crossmember. How did you torque them? There isn't enough room for a socket and rachet. I think I'm also going to see if the dealer has the "valve adjusting tool" for sale. If they don't, can a normal socket or pliers/vice grip work safely? I do not want to have to order one because I want the bike back together today. Looking a picture, the top of the valves look square. I do know regular hex sockets -can- hold on to them and take a fair amount of torque. (I do that with GM's famously horrific reverse torx bolts). Also, when you take the signal generator cover off, its it normal for a small amount (maybe a table spoon) of oil to come out?
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When I adjust mine , I'll turn them with my fingers , hold them with pliers and tighten the locknut with a wrench . Works well for me .
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IIRC, the tool is inexpensive and makes the job simplier/easier than trying to improvise. if your dealer doesn't have it, i think CyberPoet does.
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