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Old 05-13-2005, 05:34 PM   #11
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Default Re: Valve adjust on a Duc?

Never adjusted the valves on a Duc but I don't believe that they are any harder than on my 800 VFR Honda 2004
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Old 05-14-2005, 03:01 AM   #12
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Default Re: Valve adjust on a Duc?

Hey,



I've never done a 4 valve engine, but I have a Monster 900 and I've always done my valves. It's a lot easier than otherwise claimed by those who want your money. Follow the instructions on ducatisuite.com as a guideline and get the right tools, a micrometer is a must. Get a set of collets from Martin Brickwood (www.mbp.com) he can hook you up with a measument tool for the closing shim. It's a bit intimidating at first, but get everything in a advance plan what you are going to do and get to work!!!



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ps: It's very satisfying to fire it up after the valve job is done and know that this is your work!!
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Old 05-14-2005, 04:10 AM   #13
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Your link to me to the Magical Nebula; and I wasn't even doing acid!
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Old 05-14-2005, 04:45 AM   #14
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See my post above! www.mbpducati.com
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Old 05-14-2005, 05:52 AM   #15
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Find a dealer with a Starbucks nearby and maybe some nice antique stores.



I'll be in FL for a few days. I'll check out the local mullets and get back to you on your new haircut.
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Old 05-14-2005, 09:59 AM   #16
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Default Re: Valve adjust on a Duc?

Desmo valves are not hard to adjust. I would rather do the valves on a two/three valve ducati than many of the four valve Japanese bikes. Other MOrons have posted some good links.



The only problem that you might have is that some dealers are reluctant to say your warranty will still be in effect if you do your own adjustments. Some don't care. Some will say that your warranty is OK as long as the fault can't be traced to out of spec valves.



But don't let the dealers put you off with horror stories, especially those told by dealers of other motorcycles.



Bottom line, it's not that hard.



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Old 05-14-2005, 10:43 AM   #17
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I have almost 15000 miles on my '02 ST4s. In that time, only one valve needed a shim change. Checking the clearances is no more difficult than any other engine type. Get the right tools up front, buy the factory manual, read those websites, and work carefully. Each time it gets easier and faster.
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Old 05-14-2005, 12:18 PM   #18
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Thanks. I thought somebody slipped me something.
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Old 05-14-2005, 07:26 PM   #19
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Doing the spline lube on a BMW is like that, too, in that it gets faster and easier every time you do it. But it is still a royal pain in the a$$.
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Old 05-15-2005, 01:15 AM   #20
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Default Re: Valve adjust on a Duc?

Anyone know if the electronic fuel management (eg lambda/O2 sensor) needs recalibrating after a valve adjustment?



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