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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-10-2019, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Valve checks on C50

Just wondering how many of you actually get valves checked at 12xxxx as recommended in scheduled maintenance? What are the results? Reason I ask is I called a very trusted mechanic to schedule a valve job and he asked me why? He asked if I was having issues starting the bike. I told them I was having no issues just thought I should do it because it was recommended. He said he would do it but told me that sportbikes because they're run very hard usually need adjusting. He said 99% of the time the Cruisers are fine. Just wondering what you guys see and do on your bikes.
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The service interval is every 7500 miles. Yes, it needs to be done, regardless of what your "trusted mechanic" said. The valve seats are softer than the valves themselves and the repeated force of opening and closing will cause the valves to sink deeper into the valve seats, closing up the needed gap between the valve stem and the rocker arm. If you ignore it long enough then they will eventually stop closing all the way and the gasses will escape and burn the valves, seats and upper cylinder.

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I've had to adjust the valves at recommended intervals and each time it made a difference. First time at 7500 it was to quiet the valve train, second time at 14k it was to regain lost fuel mileage.
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I'm going to do it as recommended I figured better safe than sorry. I was just curious though to find out what other people were seeing when they had their valves checked. Thanks for your responses
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I've heard that adjusting the valves on a C-50 is akin to the enjoyment achieved from chewing a ball of tinfoil.
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Chewing the tinfoil is more enjoyable
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I've heard that adjusting the valves on a C-50 is akin to the enjoyment achieved from chewing a ball of tinfoil.
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Yep, I imagine that that's why I'm not going to do it. It'll be one of those things that I say to myself a couple of curse words that I don't need to say. So I read another post several years back on this same site and I will just take my bike in and get it done
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I've heard that adjusting the valves on a C-50 is akin to the enjoyment achieved from chewing a ball of tinfoil.
Agreed and motion seconded. Hemmherroid. One word description.
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Yep, I imagine that that's why I'm not going to do it. It'll be one of those things that I say to myself a couple of curse words that I don't need to say. So I read another post several years back on this same site and I will just take my bike in and get it done

Well I didn't mean to put you off of adjusting your own valves, most of the difficulty arises from the limited access to the valve adjusters due to the overhead frame members. With patience and a little ingenuity mostly with bending the feeler gauge into the correct shape it can be done. Just expect a little frustration along the way.
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Yep, I imagine that that's why I'm not going to do it. It'll be one of those things that I say to myself a couple of curse words that I don't need to say. So I read another post several years back on this same site and I will just take my bike in and get it done

Well I didn't mean to put you off of adjusting your own valves, most of the difficulty arises from the limited access to the valve adjusters due to the overhead frame members. With patience and a little ingenuity mostly with bending the feeler gauge into the correct shape it can be done. Just expect a little frustration along the way.
Thanks, but im going to pass on this one.
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