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post #1 of 13 Old 11-18-2014, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Honda 919 First Valve Inspection

Hey guys,

I'm new here so forgive me if I wasn't able to find a specific previous thread on this matter..

My 919 has just passed the 16000 km mark and according to the owners manual should be taken in to have it's first valve inspection. I was curious if all of you who own a 919 raced your bikes into the shop to have this done immediately at 16k? The only reason why I ask is that I have heard others say it it can wait longer.??

Its about 400$ job and from what I hear, it's common to find that the valves don't even need to be shimmed.

Anyway, any thoughts or experiences you guys may have regarding this would be greatly appreciated. I'm a little tight on cash right now, but will do it in a second if it is imperative...

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I'd skip it, with that low of mileage. But I would also grab a copy of the service manual and start learning how to do it on your own. Save the $400!

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Hey gOOgl3it

THanks for getting back.. Do you remember what mileage your bike was at when you did your valve inspection for the first time?

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I had my bike from 360 miles up to 8500 or so before I sold it, so I never got far enough to worry about it .

But I can speak for most members here, those who did do it at the recommended mileage almost never had anything out of spec.

Most wait until 25k miles or so, some even as far as 32k before anything was out of spec and needed shimmed.

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Thanks brother, that's reassuring to hear.. I appreciate your input

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Most wait until 25k miles or so, some even as far as 32k before anything was out of spec and needed shimmed.
Shit, I'm just shy of 39k miles and still haven't done the first valve check. Tracked the bike a bunch, long distance trips, and commute daily. I'm not concerned about it. Was planning on checking it around 40k miles. Still running the original spark plugs as well.

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There is a great write up on here that I followed to check my valves. Use the search feature, really not a big deal to check them yourself and keep track of what you get for measurements if you're uncomfortable with changing things yourself, pay the mechanic. But just so you know I recently had to pull the whole top end off my engine (I'm the first with a broken valve spring) and the hardest part was getting the can timing back in the correct place. If you have to change any exaust shims make sure you pull all slack from your timing chain up the front of the engine. That's where I screwed up. But really if you are mechanically inclined you shouldn't have any problems. My bike is sitting at 45k ish I've owned her since 19-20k and all valves -broken spring were on spec after all new springs/seals and one new valve they were all in spec. So after all this you can prolly just ride her

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THanks a bunch guys for your suggestions.
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I'll be doing my 5th valve check in the spring. I have only had to adjust very slightly twice on the intake side. I wouldn't hesitate to let it go at 16K miles.

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I thought the owners manual said to check them at 16,000 miles. You are not even close to checking them.
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Yah I'm Canadian, and out of habit i typed km... meant to write miles. anyways sounds like I can rest assured this valve inspection can wait.

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If it is any consolation, my 2003 has been in service since 2/04 and has never had the valve cover off in 71K.

My 2004 ST1300A had it's first valve check at 36K(also recommended to be checked at 16K) and did not require a shim swap.



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I checked mine last winter at 50 k kilometers. Some were on the tight side, some on the loose side but all still within specs.

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