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Old 09-04-2019, 04:48 PM   #1
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valve shims

Any recommendations for a valve shim kit? Putting together my winter project list so that I can get all the parts piled up and ready for the nights I'm not skiing.

FZ1 project list - so far
Sprockets and chain
lube everything
Tap and plug the AIS ports (currently have bent over stubs on them)
Valve check/adjustment
Figure out what the heck is up with cyl 4 if it isn't the valves
Install the Traxxion stuff in the forks
Hard wired compressor setup
Brake pads

DL1000
Hard bags
Werks clutch basket
lube everything
Rear suspension mods
Gear indicator and speedo healer
Hard wired compressor setup

When I get done with that stuff I've got some things to do to my wife's convertible
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Old 09-04-2019, 05:57 PM   #2
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I got a set of shims from Hot Cams years ago. They were cheaper then.
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Old 09-04-2019, 05:59 PM   #3
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Actually, just looked on Amazon and they weren't too bad. Don't remember what size they use.
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Old 09-04-2019, 06:21 PM   #4
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The hot shim kits are fine but they only give you 2-3 of each size. I've mostly needed more than that of a single size when I did valve adjustments so instead of ending up with a bunch of shims I don't need, I just purchase a 5-pack replacement of the sizes I need from Amazon, if you're lucky, you get prime 2 day shipping so it only sets me back a couple days
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Old 09-05-2019, 05:07 AM   #5
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The hot shim kits are fine but they only give you 2-3 of each size. I've mostly needed more than that of a single size when I did valve adjustments so instead of ending up with a bunch of shims I don't need, I just purchase a 5-pack replacement of the sizes I need from Amazon, if you're lucky, you get prime 2 day shipping so it only sets me back a couple days
Good point, guess I'll be in no hurry when I finally get around to messing with it this winter.
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Old 09-05-2019, 05:37 AM   #6
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Good point, guess I'll be in no hurry when I finally get around to messing with it this winter.
There's a good chance you're going to need to order a replacement kit of a certain size anyways and this way you won't end up spending $50+ for shims you won't need
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Old 09-05-2019, 09:02 AM   #7
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Agreed. Just went through this and bought the sizes I needed from Amazon. With rotating shims around, I only needed like 8 shims...and only two different sizes. 2 5 packs from amazon and I was done for like $10.
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Old 09-05-2019, 11:41 AM   #8
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I always bought the kits.

Depends how big of a hurry you are to get it done.
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Old 09-05-2019, 08:27 PM   #9
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When you find out what sizes you need, if let me know I have some extras that might get you through. Just PM me.
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Old 09-05-2019, 10:21 PM   #10
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Last 2 checks I did on my KTM, there were 1 or 2 out of spec on the tight side. I lapped them on 1000 then 2000 grit sandpaper with oil on a piece of glass. Only had to remove .002" - .004" to put them back into the middle of the spec. This did not take long and didn't cost anything.
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Old 09-07-2019, 08:01 AM   #11
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Any certain range of sizes that are usually needed .
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Any certain range of sizes that are usually needed .
You won't really know what sizes that you need until you dig into it. I did all of my valves at the start of the riding season. When I dug into mine, it became apparent that they hadn't been touched before, as the shims were factory odd-ball sizes (not in increments of X.X5). I could only reuse two shims in different spots. I ended using Honda shims (CBR929), because they're cheaper. The kit is cheaper, but as someone stated earlier, the shim kits will contain sizes that you won't/can't use, that is why I passed on the kit.
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Old 09-14-2019, 01:10 PM   #13
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You won't really know what sizes that you need until you dig into it. I did all of my valves at the start of the riding season. When I dug into mine, it became apparent that they hadn't been touched before, as the shims were factory odd-ball sizes (not in increments of X.X5). I could only reuse two shims in different spots. I ended using Honda shims (CBR929), because they're cheaper. The kit is cheaper, but as someone stated earlier, the shim kits will contain sizes that you won't/can't use, that is why I passed on the kit.
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