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Old 01-19-2015, 04:29 PM   #1
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Tiger 800 Camshaft Wear

So, I dropped my Tiger off at the dealer Friday for it's first valve service, it has 13,130 miles on it. Service manager just called me to let me know five of the exhaust valves were out of spec and needed adjusting. He also said the tech told him the camshaft appeared to have excessive wear on it. He said it wasn't damaged or anything that would affect the bike working properly but the camshaft looked like it came from a bike with higher mileage than mine has.

The service manager said he just wanted to let me know and that I should make sure the oil is changed regularly and that the level is where it should be. The thing is, I change the oil obsessively, oil never goes past 3,000 miles, they recommend 6,000, and I always fill it to the top line. I use Mobil 1 or Castrol full synthetic, so I don't think it can be an oil issue. I don't wheelie the bike so it's not getting starved for oil.

I don't really know what excessive wear on a camshaft looks like as I've never taken a top end apart. The Manager said it's just some scratches on the camshaft. Has anyone here who has taken their engines apart noticed anything like that on their camshafts?
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Old 01-20-2015, 01:33 PM   #2
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This one of my cams at 12,000 miles but both were similar. They had some light smudges on a few of the bearings but nothing on the lobes. It was a bit more than I expected to see. Nothing that I would call excessive though. My fingernail couldn't detect a ridge or groove in anything. There was no discoloration from heat.

Many of my exhaust valves were tight at 12k. The same thing occurred at 24k. I don't wheelie it or abuse it in anyway.

I change oil at 6,000 miles. It generally burns a half quart between 5k and 6k. It's done this since new. Since about 22k, it's taken about 1/2 to 1 full quart per 1,000 miles. I currently have 28k on it.

Make sure your dealer documents everything. Got any pics of the camshaft?
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for posting, I don't have any pictures as I haven't actually seen it, it was described to me over the phone. I was supposed to get the bike back today but the shop called and said they had a problem with the gasket not sealing properly and they don't have any more in stock so they need to wait for another one to come on order before they can stitch it back up. Hopefully I'll have it back Friday, but maybe not until Monday or Tuesday.
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:35 PM   #4
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What did the dealer charge you including the kit for the 12,000 mile service? Do you haul a lot of gear on the bike? Do you beat the shit out of her like I do mine?.....this alarms me I would have asked to see and also it being documented is a great idea...
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:28 PM   #5
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Haven't paid yet but the estimate was around $550, without an oil change, I do that myself. I do occasionally load it up pretty good, I went on an 8 day tour with about 60 pounds of luggage, but I'm pretty light (155) and the bike didn't seem to mind at all. I also ride two up with my fiancé who is about 145 and maybe 20 pounds of luggage when we go to the beach and stuff.

I wouldn't say I beat the shit out of my bike, I pride myself in taking really good care of it, but when I ride it I ride the fucker. I'll Rev the piss out of it, lean it over until parts scrape, ride it through sand, gravel etc...

I had an issue about a thousand miles ago where my transmission shifter arm broke and I couldn't up shift, had to ride home from work in first gear. Got it towed to this same dealer where they fixed it under warranty. They said they've never seen that before so I figured it was a fluke, but now with this I'm a little worried about keeping this bike past warranty expiration in September. I like the bike, But I don't want to get stuck making expensive repairs and I don't want to get stranded since I do some pretty long rides.
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