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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-25-2010, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Valve problem

I'm having to get the valves adjusted again. This is the 3rd time since it was done around 80 hrs or so. The last time was at 114hrs and it is needed now at 135 hrs. I know the valves are recessing but why so quickly? The shop isnt willing to tear into it yet but I'm not willing to give them any more more money to adjust them especially this soon (it didnt last 25 hrs last time). My wife drives it so I dont know whats going on with it until it pulls its slow start/no start then I know whats going on. She's not hard on it, runs it in low up to 20-25 mph and doesnt raw dog it. I know Kawasaki has some problems with soft exhaust valves (my Prairie just ate its exhausts but took 1900 miles to do it). Anyone have any suggestions? Its got the 4 year warranty on it but I feel like something needs to be done other than reset the valves. I've been having them (the shop) do the work so that there isnt anyway for them to put it back on me.

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im no expert by any means but maybe one will elaborate more on the subject after i get the ball rolling on my thoughts...you either have someone doing it that doesn't know how to properly adjust them or you may have troubles with the airfilter letting dirt into the tops of the valves causing problems..or maybe its was too far gone to actually hold an adjustment appropriately?
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The mechanic is one of the best around here and is the only one at the dealership that I will let touch it I run an Uni setup but I just installed it a month ago. Couldnt see where I had any dirt getting by the OEM filter (I always used Bel Ray grease on the sealing foam to help seal it up. I'm pretty much at a loss on this. I'm calling tomorrow to see what they (service dept) has to say about it. I've had a 20+ year relationship with them so I'll see what their take is on it. Thanks for responding!

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Sorry man once you start having to loosen up the valves it only gets worse... As far as the cause? The intake valves are thin and the seats might not be cut right from the factory. Either way you'll have to go down there and replace them. Once they start to pull up in the head they don't stop... They just keep on wearing until you'll have no adjustment left.

I need to remember to get the part number for some 1mm over valves that are stainless steel that have been working as a great replacement for the crappy stock intake valves.

Every kawie v-twin engine i've owned has had this problem so don't feel to bad...
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Thats what I was afraid of. I just did the top end on my Prairie for that very reason but it was easier to swallow because its an 8 yr old machine. I'm going to try to get through the rest of our riding season before I take it in. I've already talked to them (shop) about what we're going to do. If you can remember those part #s will you let me know. Thanks!

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Well, I got the classic "dirt in airbox" reply and a decline on the warranty (the v alves are shot, no brainer there!) so now I'm trying to get the money back on the "extended" warranty. Never seen so much B.S. in my life! I will stick all 8 valves up a Kawi reps backside if I get the chance. Anyway, I guess now its going to get a Std bore kit, some Kibblewhites, and some Muzzy's. Who knows, I might like it then.

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That sucks I'm willing to bet once you ride it with the standard bore in it you'll look at the bike another light though.
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Yeah I hope so! Its my wifes ride so she should be pleasantly suprised when its done. I'm looking forward to it myself. I'm going to have a sore spot with Kawasaki for a while though

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