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Old 10-10-2012, 07:21 PM   #1
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2011 gsa valve check at 18000 miles

Hi there , I'm thinking of not taking my gsa to the stealer for its 18k service , having told the guy I was doing it myself he said , cool ill see you in a few weeks with a blown engine , wow great confidence in me ,

So my thoughts are changing all the fluids , oil,brake,fd,tranny and leaving the valves and doing the tb check with a twinmax I just got used of adv inmate , I spoke to another dealer who said he's not changed a shim on the camhead valves till after 24k they were all in spec

I know it's taking a chance but what's your thoughts on leaving the valves till 24k sevice which I will take to dealer
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:23 PM   #2
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Why not check them? It is very easy, and good piece of mind.

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Old 10-10-2012, 07:32 PM   #3
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Jim is right on
His video for the cam head is spot on
Only caution is make sure your dealer has shims in stock,
Good time to change your plugs if you haven't done so already
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:34 PM   #4
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If you can sync a TB, then you can check your valves.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:52 PM   #5
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If you can read the numbers on the feeler gauge blade, you can check your valve lash...assuming that you know how to remove the OHV covers.

As for the blown engine comment, I would just reply to the BMW guy, "I've heard that you have had many incidences of poor service so, I've decided to do my boxer service myself. Others have said not to let (insert the tech's name) touch your BMW or you'll be sorry. I am afraid that if you touch my motorcycle, I'll incur irreparable damage that is not covered by BMW's warranty. By the way, who are you voting for in the upcoming Presidential Election in November? Before you answer, consider that if you answer incorrectly, I'll smear your name all over the internet".

The BMW dealers seem to be getting a bit desperate out there. So they had better clean up their act.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:52 PM   #6
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I just bought a copy of your DVD last week Jim , I may give the valves a go . I just had my confidence knocked a bit by the dealer and his dick head remark ,

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Old 10-10-2012, 07:54 PM   #7
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Hi there , I'm thinking of not taking my gsa to the stealer for its 18k service.............
Why?
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:08 PM   #8
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I just bought a copy of your DVD last week Jim , I may give the valves a go . I just had my confidence knocked a bit by the dealer and his dick head remark ,

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Sadly this is somewhat common! Rest assured, if you can tell a wrench from a screwdriver you can check your valves yourself.

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Old 10-10-2012, 09:39 PM   #9
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Jim's video helped me do my 6k service, and I'm the least-competent person on this board, I painted a closet last week and my house dropped $5k in value. I can't understand half things you people talk about on this board, but if I sit on the bike and twist the throttle "I go bye bye." as my two two year olds woud say.

I did another few things with the video, and I'm still working on a few other items, but buy the video and you won't be disappointed.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:20 AM   #10
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On my 2010 GS I did the valves myself at 10,000kms (6000 miles). Four of the valves were out of spec(tight) and 1 of them was dangerously tight. Maybe at 18k miles they have settled in and you can stretch it to 24k, maybe not.

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Old 10-11-2012, 06:32 AM   #11
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Wow. It is a valve clearance check. You measure the gap and only if out of spec do you touch anything. Do the check. Or, you could weld the valve covers on.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:30 AM   #12
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Do the check. Or, you could weld the valve covers on.
Use glue...magnesium is almost impossible to weld.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:59 AM   #13
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I just bought a copy of your DVD last week Jim , I may give the valves a go . I just had my confidence knocked a bit by the dealer and his dick head remark ,

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Or you could tell the tech,"That comment would offend me if I had any respect for you, but since I don't, it doesn't.

Don't let that asshat cause you to doubt yourself.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:20 PM   #14
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which dealer were you going to?
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:17 PM   #15
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Or you could tell the tech,"That comment would offend me if I had any respect for you, but since I don't, it doesn't.

Don't let that asshat cause you to doubt yourself.
I doubt a mechanic was the one who told him that. They don't get paid to talk to the customers. They're paid extra not to talk to the customers
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