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Old 07-16-2014, 09:33 PM   #1
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Valve shim problem

After waiting 2 weeks for my ONE valve shim, it arrived today. I need, and ordered, a 2.90 shim. I got a shim marked 2.90 that measures an even 3.00. Is there something that I need to know about these? Thanks.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:43 PM   #2
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Is it a KTM part? I used Harley Davidson Vrod shims in mine. They come in more sizes. Not sure why yours isn't measuring the proper size. If you are in the US you may be able to get a Harley one quicker.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:46 PM   #3
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are you measuring with a micrometer or a caliper? could be the tool. Otherwise grab some sandpaper and get crackin!
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:57 PM   #4
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+1. Check your measuring device too. Measure a feeler gauge and see if it agrees.
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:46 PM   #5
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Have never seen a mis-marked shim.
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:13 AM   #6
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Where you at Milehi? I can toss one in an envelope for you. If you are in Denver there should be a couple HD shops around that have em though.
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:40 AM   #7
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Boop! just buy a shim kit once and be done with it.

The HotCams kit has any size you'd need.

For example:
http://www.ktmtwins.com/hot-cams-ktm...vavle-shim-kit
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:45 AM   #8
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Did mine. Measured all. Went to ktm dealer and bought 7(to be safe) for $15. Had 4 left over.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:17 AM   #9
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My nearest ktm dealer is an hour away and doesn't stock air or oil filters or spark plugs for the 990. No shims either. "Week/ten days".

Hotcams kit worked fine for me. About 60 bucks if I remember correctly.

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Old 07-17-2014, 07:24 AM   #10
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V-Rod shims, work perfect and are a hell of a lot cheaper. Seems to be an abundance of Harley shops around too.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:32 AM   #11
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Wiseco VSK3 Premium 10.0mm OD Valve Shim kit from Amazon. This is the cheapest set I have found at around $45.00. They worked fine on my last adjustment. At $45.00 it was worth it to me to have all sizes on hand as opposed to running out hoping there was the right size in stock.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:58 AM   #12
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Thanks!

All good info, Quick, thanks for the offer! I will look into the HD shims and the aftermarket sets. I AM WASTING PRIME RIDING TIME. Are these shims hardened on the surface or could a guy use a knife sharpening stone to remove material? My caliper checks out, the shim is printed 2.900 and measures 2.99-3.00 ....
*New wrinkle- Just talked to H.D. and was told the V rod shims only go to 2.025? ?

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Old 07-17-2014, 09:24 AM   #13
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All good info, Quick, thanks for the offer! I will look into the HD shims and the aftermarket sets. I AM WASTING PRIME RIDING TIME. Are these shims hardened on the surface or could a guy use a knife sharpening stone to remove material? My caliper checks out, the shim is printed 2.900 and measures 2.99-3.00 ....
Surely the stone would work fine to hone it down. I also bought the hotcams kit and should have plenty for life of the bike.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:34 AM   #14
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All good info, Quick, thanks for the offer! I will look into the HD shims and the aftermarket sets. I AM WASTING PRIME RIDING TIME. Are these shims hardened on the surface or could a guy use a knife sharpening stone to remove material? My caliper checks out, the shim is printed 2.900 and measures 2.99-3.00 ....
*New wrinkle- Just talked to H.D. and was told the V rod shims only go to 2.025? ?
The H-D part number for a 2.90 shim is: 18684-01K
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:03 AM   #15
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Can't call one more parts dept.

I guess the parts people around me are all on their first day. I'm going to go against my wish for factory parts (can't see handing over $430.00 for an orange kit),and go with the Hotcam kit....Thanks for the help!
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