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Old 09-18-2007, 12:16 PM   #1
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Thumb DR650 valve adj. first service

DR 650 first service

So after leaving the dealertip with a price quote of 300.00 dollars for the first service I made my way to the parts counter for a filter and some oil. I put this together so everyone who does not know how to do this gets a clear picture of how easy it really is......

First thing I did was drain the old oil.




While the old oil was draining..."remember to hold the bike straight unitl it is done." I removed the filter housing cover with a ratchet and 10mm socket.



Once the cover was off I removed the old filter and instaled the new one. The open end goes towards the engine and the spring goes between the cover and the filter.



Instal the drain plug, but not to tight so it does not strip the soft aluminum threads. Add the oil. 2.4 qts


After starting and checking the oil level it was time to tacke the valve adjustment. With the tank, side panels and seat removed I was able to gain acsess to the valve covers.


The valve adjust ment is VERY simple. Remove the valve covers and the inspection plug on the side of the magneto cover.



The serivce manual says to turn the engine by removing the center plug an the mag cover and turning it with a socket. I choose to put the bike in 3rd gear and turn the engine that way. either one should work just fine. Remember to remove the spark plugs to make the engine easy to turn over. Ensure that the engine is on a compression stroke........you are looking for a line with a "T". align this symbol with the center of the hole.

Now you are ready to adjust the valves....Get a set of feeler guages and check the clearance between the bottom of the rocker arm and the top of the valve stem. Intake and exhaust can be done at the same time.



If adjustment is nescesarry rember to hold the adjuster while you tighten the jam nut or it could move with it.


Put the valve covers back on and install everything you removed. You are done! See how easy that was.

Next thing I did was lube the clutch cable and throttle cables. Tighted all the bolt on accordence with the service manual. The first service really is this easy. Took me about two hours and I was taking my time. hope this helps someone
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Old 09-18-2007, 12:22 PM   #2
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Thanks for taking the time to do this and post it.
Being simple and to the point showing newbies it is not rocket science.
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Old 09-18-2007, 12:25 PM   #3
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Thats what I was going for. I figured I couldnt sit around and let people pay 300.00 for somthing so easy. There are so many guys out there that are some what mechanically inclined. If you can change oil on your car then you can do this. And everyone is very welcome.....now send me the 300.00 dollars...LOL
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Old 09-18-2007, 12:39 PM   #4
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You need to make sure you're on the compression stroke and not the exhaust. This is obvious to most because on the exhaust both valves are open on valve overlap and there is no lash, but I've seen people loosen them on the wrong stroke and have a pretty noisy result. Just my $0.02
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Old 09-18-2007, 12:50 PM   #5
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The serivce manual says to turn the engine by removing the center plug an the mag cover and turning it with a socket. I choose to put the bike in 3rd gear and turn the engine that way. either one should work just fine. Remember to remove the spark plugs to make the engine easy to turn over. Ensure that the engine is on a compression stroke........you are looking for a line with a "T". align this symbol with the center of the hole.


Thats why I put it in there. I hope no one skip that step. If they do they should be able to tell as soon as they try to fire it up.
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Old 09-18-2007, 01:01 PM   #6
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Thanks for making the effort to take us through this Dave. I noticed that you cautioned to not over torque the oil plug but I think you should also caution to not over torque the oil filter cover bolts. Those little buggers have very tender theads. Great thread and again thanks!
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Old 11-01-2007, 06:11 PM   #7
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Old 11-01-2007, 06:32 PM   #8
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Old 12-03-2007, 01:46 PM   #9
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Dear dieseldave24v, thanks for making good ju-ju with this thread. Spreading the knowledge is oh-so-good.
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Old 04-06-2008, 11:52 AM   #10
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Valve Adjustment

Just doing my first service... The dealership also quoted me $300 - which means their shop rate must be about $150 an hour. WOW! My shop rate is only $80.00 an hour and I work on Airplanes!

Anywho, thanks for the info as it is not found in the owners manual and they did not have a shop manual for sale at the dealership... guess I better order one..


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Old 04-09-2008, 06:51 PM   #11
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Here's the online manual:

http://www.deakin.edu.au/individuals..._adm/DR650.pdf

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To me, it looks like I don't need it, the "special tool" just makes it simpler?
Correct special "tool" is not necessary it just makes the adjustment easier. The hard of the job is just getting around to doing it. :)


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