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ZX10r-04 valve adjustment

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by wazza300, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. wazza300


    Joined: Jul 11, 2009

    Posts: 27,065

    Location: BenefitStreetBirmingham

    Has anyone checked/adjusted there own valves? bucket and shims

    pretty sure both cams have to come out aswell:eek:
  2. Dogbreath


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 16,651

    Location: Devon

    I've only done V-twins in recent years (two SV650s and my RSV1000). If the shims are located under the buckets (quite a common arrangement) the cams will have to come out if shims need changing.

    It's not a bad job if you approach it methodically, and make sure you write down all measurements and have somewhere to safely store any buckets and shims you need to take out. Obviously you will need to re-time the cams afterwards, a job where double and triple checking is very worthwhile.
  3. .one.


    Joined: Aug 1, 2006

    Posts: 3,645

    Yep done a few my first was on a z500 many years back I had to replace a primary chain which is located bang in the middle of the engine, when I removed the head I flipped the head over lol you can guess the rest :D

    Take your time no big deal just check and double check.
  4. leigh_boy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 12, 2012

    Posts: 1,848

    Location: East Sussex

    i hate doing it on 4 ports. give me a singe or a twin with rockers. so much nicer to do.

    little tip, buy a magnet on stick, take pics, buy feeler guages, haynes manual.
    if your not confident dont do it.
  5. VoG


    Joined: Jan 20, 2004

    Posts: 5,736

    Location: Nottingham

    Yup, gimme good old fashioned tappets any day, just take your time, be methodical, invest in a magic marker & take notes, make damn sure your work area is clean & tidy because the last thing you want is to slip on a dropped bolt/tool/why.

    And once your done, as Dogbreath pointed out, double check then check again your timing.
  6. wazza300


    Joined: Jul 11, 2009

    Posts: 27,065

    Location: BenefitStreetBirmingham

    I think I might ring round and see how much,its a bit beyond me tbh,the space and the bits you have to strip to get at them:(

    I was hearing a rattle somewhere and the rocker cover gasket is leaking oil pretty bad,so I took it off the road