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    Default Valve adj

    2015 st sts bought new have 13k on it running mobil 1 10-40 croch rocket oil, no problems , book says valve adj time i do all svcs myself inc belt tens etc. oil change every 3k, should i ck valve adj or keep rollin?

    Steve

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    There have been a number of threads about this subject and the consensus seems to be don't worry about it. Many have had them checked at 40,000 and needed no adjustment.
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    Just keep on rolling

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    YUP! I am one of the valve adjustment beta testers.

    I did a valve check on my 2008 at 10K--before they changed it to 14K. Spent an extra $1K for the service (it's labor intensive). No adjustment needed.

    I did the valve check on my 2010 at 28K. Another $1K spent. No adjustments needed. They failed to put in a new gasket. It leaked over the winter. They had to re-do it on their dime in the spring.

    I am NOT going to do a valve check on my 2011 until at least 50K--if then. So far, at 30K miles no issues or indicators that it needs it.

    In the beginning, it was thought to be overkill by BRP. I and others have also felt that "shady" dealers will charge for the work and not actually do it--because it usually results in a wasted effort. It is a quick $1K to add to the service bill.

    There have been a few who do them religiously regardless. I usually say--its your spyder, its your money. Go for it.

    Just my .02.

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    Good to hear!!! I did the valve check of my Vstrom and as easy as it is compared to the Spyder was still a PITA!! and the Strom is a shim under bucket also. I did all that work myself and yes, no adjustment needed.
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    Default Doning well at 40

    I have 42,000 miles and alls well. I do ryde hard but it still depends. I have a mechanic's stethescope that I use to listen to the valves. Having done many a shim style valve adjustment I have stockpiled shims of various types and sizes...there in lies the problem when doing them yourself and you do need to adjust them. If you don't have a assortment of thicknesses on hand or your at the mercy of the dealer and they may not have them in stock for you though the shop will have them .... you need a friendly tech that will trade with you....
    Gene and Ilana De Laney
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