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valve adjustment cost

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Old 03-23-2006, 03:53 AM   #1
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valve adjustment cost

I know some of you guys were asking (so was I) what a valve adjustment costs....I heard $1200, $600,$350?!? that was part of the reason I waited til 28K miles to do my valves. Dropping it off at the "NON" dealership mechanic(small shop & reputable) this morning...should be around $150 for the labor and whatever a new valve cover gasket costs. I'll post up when I pay for it tomorrow. Gasket gave up the ghost at less than 3000 miles but I didn't want the dealership touching my bike. they have a tendency to screw things up real bad. I did remove all plastics, I don't like my Green just laying around the shop, especially if something else comes up and the bike has to stay for a couple days. (should help with the labor too.)
   
 
Old 03-23-2006, 04:18 AM   #2
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I have the extended warranty, the first valve check as kawasaki maintenance schedulle is at 8000 miles. The dealer told me if I do not want to have problem in the future with a warranty issue I better follow the maintenance schedulle. they mentioned that It will cost US $500 dol if no adjustment is need it.
The bike remained in the dealer for 2 days and they had to adjust only 4 of the 16 valves ( that is what they told me). In total i had to pay US $630 for the server. The bike felt a lot more low rpm powerfull than before, and the power was more well distributed in the all rpms band. They mentioned that I dont need to worry about the valves for the next 15000 miles. I took the desicion to do it because the warranty, I dont want any excuses in the future if a warranty work is need it.
   
 
Old 03-23-2006, 10:07 AM   #3
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I just called my dealership and asked them because mine is coming up on 8000 miles and its an 01. They told me 250 bucks.

You guys must have some awful dealerships in your area with some of these prices I have been reading as of late on this site.
   
 
Old 03-23-2006, 11:08 AM   #4
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My Kawai mech. does it for $58.00.

But then, I take the motor in on a stand. :)
   
 
Old 03-23-2006, 12:55 PM   #5
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My Kawai mech. does it for $58.00.

But then, I take the motor in on a stand. :)

you aint funny sir!
   
 
Old 03-23-2006, 03:27 PM   #6
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Mine cost me a case of Coors and a trip to Denver. 8)
   
 
Old 03-23-2006, 08:27 PM   #7
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A 12 pck and some BBQ :wink:
   
 
Old 03-23-2006, 09:34 PM   #8
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Mine cost me a case of Coors and a trip to Denver. 8)
WHAT???
Bob didn't charge you any beef for the grill?
   
 
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I do it myself and use the money I save to buy clean screens and brownie mix.
   
 
Old 03-24-2006, 04:59 AM   #10
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I do it myself and use the money I save to buy clean screens and brownie mix.
clean screens???

I'm still trying to figure out how to do them....coaching would be great, but Pics and a walk-through would be just as good considering I'm way the hell out here in Northern-Juarez. :?


Who was that that was working on a valve adjustment thread?
   
 
Old 03-24-2006, 02:24 PM   #11
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Mine cost me a case of Coors and a trip to Denver. 8)
WHAT???
Bob didn't charge you any beef for the grill?
Not this time!! :D 8)
   
 
Old 03-24-2006, 02:52 PM   #12
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It isn't cheap on a 12R because of the time it takes. It all depends if your friendly local dealership is kind enough to quote you a flat rate, then you are lucky, or if they do like they should and charge by the hour. The mechanics time is money and the time it takes to get all the crap out of the way so you can actually check the valves takes a lot of time on the 12R.

$500 is a little high. Let's do the math. A mechanic who has never done the valves on a 12R will probably take around 4 hours to do it the first time. Average rate around this neck of the woods is about $80/hour. Works out to about $320. Some will be higher, some will be lower.
   
 
Old 03-25-2006, 02:40 AM   #13
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Does any one have pics and step by step of how to do this ?? Blitz at one point was going to post it but.....well......lets just leave that one alone ...I have very good mech skills and really not too worried about doing it myself.....a little help and some pics of what to expect is always helpfull tho :roll:
   
 
Old 04-18-2006, 06:48 AM   #14
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$279....I pick her up today!!! That price also includes new plugs($60) and a new gasket($58). So labor was about $160 (3 hours?).


I did take ALL the plastics off when I dropped it off. I'll be doing the next valve adjustment myself. The mechs let me watch as they checked the adjustments, only the #1 exhaust valve was out of tolerance. The entire process appeared much easier than I had thought.
   
 
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$279....I pick her up today!!! That price also includes new plugs($60) and a new gasket($58). So labor was about $160 (3 hours?).


I did take ALL the plastics off when I dropped it off. I'll be doing the next valve adjustment myself. The mechs let me watch as they checked the adjustments, only the #1 exhaust valve was out of tolerance. The entire process appeared much easier than I had thought.
I guess I need to get mine done since my bike just hit 9k and I am doing plugs here in the next day or so. Did you notice any difference in performance after the adjustment??
   
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