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Bike is rapidly approaching 7,500 miles, and valve adjustment needs to be done. There are a lot of threads on the forum showing valve adjustment and various tools used. Just to quite down my first time valve adjustment anxiety, I would appreciate some feedback on the below:

I believe I have the majority of the tools necessary, with exception of ratcheting and offset wrenches, as well as 4mm square tool.



A) I will use #2 square head screw(s) mounted on some square stock instead of $30 Suzuki tool.
B) ratcheting metric wrenches set - removed. See on P.S.
C) PITTSBURGH - 8 Pc Metric Offset Box Wrench Set - 12-point box end with 60į offset (https://www.harborfreight.com/hand-t...set-32042.html)


Just in case if I forgot anything, here is the list of tools that I've prepared for valve adjustment job:

1) Feeler gauge set
2) 17 MM socket
3) A couple of socket wrenches and number of metric sockets (8mm and 10mm)
4) Socket wrench extension in various sizes for both 1/4 and 3/8 sockets.
5) A set of metric allen wrenches
4) Spark plug tool (thin walled, deep socket)
5) Long nose pliers (will get a set of needle nose if needed)
6) Shop rags
7) A case of beer
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P.S. removed the ratcheting wrenches: they are way too bulky for the job. Would probably be ok to get a slimmer ratcheting wrench, but I don’t think it is that necessary.

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Good luck, I wish I could help but I took mine to mechanic, charged 150. Said that he had to remove radiator to get to one of them? Let us know how it goes. 👍
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Where's the 1/4" drive flex sockets; 8mm & 10mm?
You can leave most of the other wrenches in the tool box if using the 1/4" drive with flexes.
Not necessary to remove the radiator or the carb/fuel injection body either.
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150 is a very good price for C50 valve adjustments! It costed me that much to get one tire installed, tire not included.

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Where's the 1/4" drive flex sockets; 8mm & 10mm?
You can leave most of the other wrenches in the tool box if using the 1/4" drive with flexes.
Not necessary to remove the radiator or the carb/fuel injection body either.
I have one 1/4 flex socket adapter. 8 MM, and 10 mm sockets I have. Sounds like I don't really need to drop another $40 on wrenches... probably just need one offset 8 mm / 10 mm wrench.
That one offset wrench would probably cost as much as the whole set from Harbor Freight.

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I have one 1/4 flex socket adapter. 8 MM, and 10 mm sockets I have. Sounds like I don't really need to drop another $40 on wrenches... probably just need one offset 8 mm / 10 mm wrench.
That one offset wrench would probably cost as much as the whole set from Harbor Freight.
That 1/4" universal with a socket will not allow flexibility as the true flex sockets will.
1/4" drive flex sockets are frequently sold as open stock (craftsman), so that 8mm and 10mm can be had separately.

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150 is a very good price for C50 valve adjustments! It costed me that much to get one tire installed, tire not included.
That's what I thought too......good price. I didnt want the hassel.
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That 1/4" universal with a socket will not allow flexibility as the true flex sockets will.
1/4" drive flex sockets are frequently sold as open stock (craftsman), so that 8mm and 10mm can be had separately.
I wasn't even aware of such sockets existence. Will look into where I can get them. Thank you for the valuable info!

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HF doesn't list 1/4 online, will check in store. They do have impact 1/2 and 3/4 sizes, but I believe these will be too tall for effective adjustment.

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