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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-12-2019, 12:26 AM
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I'm hoping to put mine off until the end of the summer season... 10kish mile mark. Will do myself. Overdue for a check! I bet one or more are tight. Engine is quiet and runs well...
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I'm hoping to put mine off until the end of the summer season... 10kish mile mark. Will do myself. Overdue for a check! I bet one or more are tight. Engine is quiet and runs well...
Good luck. Im scheduled for first week of Aug. I will let you all know how they were and what it set me back.
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I just do mine myself the jpaige way. I ran an engine 120,000 miles doing it this way, and I'm at about 60,000 on the second engine in this bike. Still doing fine.
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Nice..... sounds like you're doing things right. That's what I would do if I were to to it myself but I just can't get myself to do it. I believe that would be a ton of frustration involved.
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Well, my c50 has 12,500 miles on it and I've brought it in twice in 13 years to have the valves checked. Both times none of the valves needed any adjustment. The mechanic told me that they rarely have to adjust the valves on c50s.
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Well, my c50 has 12,500 miles on it and I've brought it in twice in 13 years to have the valves checked. Both times none of the valves needed any adjustment. The mechanic told me that they rarely have to adjust the valves on c50s.
Right, thats what I have heard. I am going to have it checked and we will see. I will keep everyone posted....if for no other reason....so you guys know.
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Well, my c50 has 12,500 miles on it and I've brought it in twice in 13 years to have the valves checked. Both times none of the valves needed any adjustment. The mechanic told me that they rarely have to adjust the valves on c50s.
I've personally adjusted valves on more than a dozen C50 Suzukis, and every one of those machines had very little or zero valve stem/rocker clearance, and required adjustment. There is no such reliable procedure as "listening to valve clearance", which I suspect Your mechanic has erroneously done.
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Well, my c50 has 12,500 miles on it and I've brought it in twice in 13 years to have the valves checked. Both times none of the valves needed any adjustment. The mechanic told me that they rarely have to adjust the valves on c50s.
You should find a new mechanic.

I checked my valves every 7500 miles, per the inspection requirement and ALWAYS had to adjust the clearance. I used to do the same check for local riders I met on the forum here in exchange for some adult beverages. I always had to adjust the clearance on their bikes too.

Anybody who tells you they've "never had to touch their valves" isn't really checking them properly. The gaps close up over time and you will imperceptibly lose power as that happens - right up until you burn the valve and destroy the upper cylinder in the process.

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Well, my c50 has 12,500 miles on it and I've brought it in twice in 13 years to have the valves checked. Both times none of the valves needed any adjustment. The mechanic told me that they rarely have to adjust the valves on c50s.
Whoa guys, he didn't say his mechanic " listened" to the valves. He simply said he had his valves checked twice and didn't need an adjustment. No reason not to think that his mechanic didn't do the work? Just his experience that's all.
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Based on experience, unless the mechanic "checked" the valves using a proper feeler gauge and declared them to be within spec, then no. The valves were not "checked" by anyone. Listening to the bike and looking at the valves with the covers off is not an inspection. Most mechanics tell you "it never needs to be done" because they know what a pain in the butt the job can be.

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