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Old 12-06-2012, 05:31 AM   #31
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:53 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by lhendrik View Post
What is a valve muffler?

I would think he's talking about part number 11. It's called a rubber buffer on the parts list.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:50 PM   #33
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Let me clarify. When I say I do not dry them that does not mean I do not wipe them clean. To truely make them dry you would need to remove all traces of oil. This I do not do. I wipe off the liquid oil and any dirt. That is it. In doing so there is a film of oil on the gaskets. There is no need to remove that film (you would need an oil solvent to do this, which would dry out the rubber). I have done it this way on thousands of valve adjusts, and never a leak.

That said, if it makes you feel better, wipe them dry, clean them with solvents, and change them every few years. I have never replaced a set of gaskets except the donut gasket when improperly installed.


PS I also do not follow the exact process for valve adjustment as prescribed by the factory, among other steps that make more sense other ways.
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