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    Valve clearance DRZ and KLX

    Both my DRZ and KLX have about 6,000 miles on them. Valve clearance check is called for at 7,500 miles. However, the DRZ is a 2005 and the KLX is a 2012. Am I okay to wait until 7,500 miles as called for in the maintenance chart? Or should I address this sooner due to their age?

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    Just me and I'm not suggesting anyone go against the factory recommendations .. but I check my valves at double what the factory calls for ... Ain't been bit yet.
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    Thanks - good to know.

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    The initial check should be at the factory recommended interval. After that, it's up to you.
    On modern bikes, you are generally checking to be sure that the clearance has not changed more than you are checking to see how much it has.

    My son's 1989 Yamaha 400 needed all eight of it's intake valves adjusted after every race weekend. His 2005 Suzuki SV650 only needed to have three of it's eight total valves adjusted once, in two years of racing.

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    So if the bike is 13 years old but not yet at the mileage for the first check, would you check it anyway?

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    I would think the initial valve check (for older engines) would be the 600 or 1000 mile first service. Also one of the more important services.

    I would take a look certainly as it's too easy not to.
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    I did not see valve clearance check at first service, but I will look again.

    Not sure I am up to checking myself. Mechanic wants $90 to check, $270 if they need adjusting.

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    Valve train wear only occurs when running (unless it's corroding), so just go by miles, not time. Checking is pretty easy. Adjusting is (depending on the bike) complicated. If you have a manual for the bike, go ahead and check. You cannot break anything just by checking.

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    I have an owner's manual but not a shop manual. I have looked at a youtube video.

    Oh, and I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express....

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    The hardest part will probably be getting the valve cover removed.

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