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Wow, I just got quoted $500 from the dealer. It's never been to a dealer and looks like it never will!
Sometimes its all in the wording of the question. I have asked for a valve job and been quoted several hundred dollars. When asking for a valve adjustment, its less than $200.

The valve job is removing the heads, grinding valves/seats, etc.

Valve adjustment is routine maintenance to check and adjust the valve lash.

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The stealer around here charge an average of 225.00 for a valve adjustment only.
Local tire shop charged me 25.00 per tire if bought from them. 40.00 if not. That is with me removeing the tire from bike.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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Just had them done last week in Fall River Ma for $80. I think I told you that during the chicken wing lunch 10 days ago
Yep, well I guess I'm gonna have to bug you for the name of that place again Carlos. Then I still might end up giving it a go myself...not just because I'm cheap (which I am) but because it's a hassle to coordinate rides up to Fall River to drop it off and get it back, and because of the time the bike would be tied up. Separation anxiety. The one good thing about my local offer of $300 is he's 4 miles away and the guy will give it back the next day. This is not a dealer but an independent shop who comes highly recommended.

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So what's this special tool one needs to adjust valves themselves?

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shame you didn't come to the wrench party yesterday...although you do need to leave the mc there overnite wherever you get the job done...has to be done w/o having been ridden that day..so they let it sit overnite...push/roll it into the shop and then do the adjustment. Believe thats why it needs to be left there overnite. FWIW...used to have my valves done at the service dept and they would charge me 2 hours ...total bill...$170. Best thing about the c90 now is no valve adjustments needed..they self adjust. That was a nice added surprise when I bought the bike.

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Nevermind about the tool - I am looking it up. Also my 24 year old mechanically inclined son just popped his head in and said he'd help me knock that out....wonder what that'll cost in real dollars?

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shame you didn't come to the wrench party yesterday...
Tell me about it. But on the positive side I had an awesome ride with my older son around the Cape yesterday which I wouldn't have missed for 2 valve adjustments. It was brisk but sunny and beautiful. We kept getting numb hands about every 30 minutes and would have to pull over somewhere and thaw. Riding to where you guys were would have been way too much - another time thanks.

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Best thing about the c90 now is no valve adjustments needed..they self adjust. That was a nice added surprise when I bought the bike.
I never noticed that about the C90. Something to definitely keep in mind for whatever my next bike purchase might be.

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can't get you to join us for lunch on sunday can I... dessert selection alone is worth the ride.

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Sometimes its all in the wording of the question. I have asked for a valve job and been quoted several hundred dollars. When asking for a valve adjustment, its less than $200.

The valve job is removing the heads, grinding valves/seats, etc.

Valve adjustment is routine maintenance to check and adjust the valve lash.
I specifically said valve adjustment. He even said it looked like the tank and air cleaner had to come off to get to them, and that the front would be harder than the back. A valve job would require engine removal and teardown; you're talking thousands for that amount of work.

I'm calling a dealer about 60 miles from here tomorrow and see what they say. They have an outstanding reputation. Not that it really matters though because by the time I trailered it there, drove back home, and went to get it two weeks later because of my work schedule, it wouldn't be worth the cost or time wasted. The only possible way I'd do it is if I could drop it off and pick it up the same day, otherwise it's not feasible. I don't know any dealer on the planet that would schedule a same day valve adjustment service on a Saturday.
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I've been wondering about that myself.
So, when should it be done (mileage wise)?

I have a good friend who is an auto mechanic, post airplane mechanic. I'm not sure how familiar he is with bikes, other than in his youth.

So I asked him about a valve adjustment and he didn't "THINK" they should really go out of whack.

So I am not wrench by any stretch and have no hauler for my bike. So I am really leery of trying it myself. If I jack it all up, I have no way of taking it someplace to have them fix my screwups.

So it sounds like 2-300 hundos to have it done.

What should I look/listen for that would indicate my valves need adjusted?

60% of the time, it works every time.
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I've been wondering about that myself.
So, when should it be done (mileage wise)? ~ What should I look/listen for that would indicate my valves need adjusted?
Wisdom here says check vavles every 6000 miles. I know it's been at least that long for mine as I bought it 6000 miles ago. But as for what indicates the need, I've been feeling something was off about this bike's performance for a while.

My suspicions started last fall after I made some exhaust changes and tried to evaluate the differences between each mod. The more I paid attention to subtle differences the more I detected a very gradual overall change in the character of the machine. It's not necessarily a deterioration of performance (she'll still scoot on demand) but a change in sound and feel. It's like I can hear or feel each detonation and perceive them as more pronounced than before - guess you could call it more of a "thud" sound rather than a "putt", more like percussive drumming than a smooth purr. And under power the motor does seem slower to respond, maybe slightly sluggish, but it's been happening so gradually sometimes I think I'm imagining it.

There's no recourse but to do the adjustment and pay close attantion to how things change afterward - a lot I bet. ANyway, I am getting some feelers and a security bit in the next couple days and take my young son up on his offer to set them for me. Will definitely report the results when finished.
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