need some opinions valve issue - Suzuki Volusia Forums : Intruder Volusia and Boulevard Forum
  • 1 Post By Gene
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-06-2016, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
VR Member
vl800limited's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: rochester n.y.
Posts: 72
Thanks: 19
Thanked 10 Times in 6 Posts
need some opinions valve issue

Ok guys and gals,
I have a 04 Volusia limited, I had the valve adjustment done last year cuz I figured the p/o never had them done and I was hearing A valve tapping faintly. After reading on here about this being a sewing machine verbal engine I had not worried about it. I took it to a highly recommended motor builder for the job, when I was talking to him about it he new the time intervals for the routine maint on them and has done several of these bikes. He did the job and I went on my merry way.
Now that was last spring, fast forward to yesterday. I was going thru the bike., I.E. did front pads, changed oil and brake fluid, plugs along with a new set of tires.
Here's what I'm questioning, the rear plug looks like brand new. The front has a lot of black buildup in the electrode. The bike has never been sluggish or hard to start anything that would concern me other then that tapping. It has 13,000 miles on it. I'm thinking that front cylinder either has a valve going bad or is bad. Maybe the intake wondering what you all think?

Thanks for the info in advance......Tim
vl800limited is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-06-2016, 10:15 PM
Super Moderator
Gene's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Olds Alberta
Posts: 3,167
Thanks: 225
Thanked 850 Times in 641 Posts
The black could be just a fuel/combustion issue with other causes but your best diagnostic for what you are wondering about is to have a HOT compression test done and also a leakdown test done - both tests done on both cylinders.

Once that is done then you know what mechanical foundation you have to work with and you can move on to other possible causes if required.

Also, a recheck on the valve clearances would be in order - even the best can have a slip of the wrench... and the "sewing machine sound'' is not a reliable measure of an accurate valve adjustment.

Then again, a clear picture of both plugs would be helpful. it may be closer to normal than you think....
Psyc0 likes this.

06 C50C (Special Edition)
lowered 2" --- Metzler 880 www's
OEM lightbar --- Cobra EG --- Sagebrush chaps
DJ drive --- mustang 3 piece seat --- CW Tach
Vista Cruise --- 4X1.5 pullback risers

CYFHMN member ---
Gene is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Suzuki Volusia Forums : Intruder Volusia and Boulevard Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome