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Have you ever needed to have the valve shims of your Silver Wing changed?
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Who has ever had to have valve shims changed? I_vote_lcap11%Who has ever had to have valve shims changed? I_vote_rcap
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buddy19520
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PostSubject: Who has ever had to have valve shims changed?   Who has ever had to have valve shims changed? I_icon_minitimeSat Jul 02, 2011 12:07 pm

I know that we all read that we should have the valves checked at 16,000 miles, but I am wondering who has actually had to have the shims replaced to bring the specs back to stock?

Having read most of the posts on this and the other Silverwing site, I think very few folks ever really needed the valves adjusted.

My bike just turned over 16,000 miles and runs like a champ. Starts instantly and never misses a beat. I have no intention of getting the valves checked - I am concerned that a mechanic might goof something up putting it back together, and can't see any possible improvement.

Please let us know your experience.

Thanks,
Philip
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PostSubject: Re: Who has ever had to have valve shims changed?   Who has ever had to have valve shims changed? I_icon_minitimeSat Jul 02, 2011 4:53 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Who has ever had to have valve shims changed?   Who has ever had to have valve shims changed? I_icon_minitimeSat Jul 02, 2011 5:53 pm

Actually made it a poll.
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PostSubject: Re: Who has ever had to have valve shims changed?   Who has ever had to have valve shims changed? I_icon_minitimeSat Jul 02, 2011 6:05 pm

Sorry Dale. If you want to move or delete my post, be my guest.
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PostSubject: Re: Who has ever had to have valve shims changed?   Who has ever had to have valve shims changed? I_icon_minitimeSat Jul 02, 2011 6:31 pm

No need, just seemed odd to call something a poll when there was no poll attached.

What you added was good info.
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PostSubject: Re: Who has ever had to have valve shims changed?   Who has ever had to have valve shims changed? I_icon_minitimeSun Jul 03, 2011 12:11 pm

I have the mechanical aptitude of a chimp. Actually, that's an insult to chimps. I like having the factory manual, because it makes it very apparent to me which items of preventative maintenance I am capable of carrying out and those which are better left to people with actual skills.

Valves are something I wouldn't personally try, but again, the manual is of value because at the least, it shows me what the mechanic is going to do. Bigbird's description of the process is excellent...
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