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Triumph fit a lot of stuff under the tank
« on: 03/16/16 01:59PM »
had to get this out:

I'm due for a major service on the Street Triple, and just getting to the "cam cover" to check valve clearances has been a PITA.  The intake valves are all towards the middle of the spec, but the exhausts are all towards the thin / lower-end of the spec.  I'll have to pull out a cam and measure the current shims, and see about getting replacement ones.

I haven't done this job on any other fuel-injected or shim-under-bucket bikes; I've been spoiled by the 250. Much less to get out of the way (and even this one is a little worse than other carbed bikes from what I read), and adjustment is done by screw & locknut.

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Re: Triumph fit a lot of stuff under the tank
« Reply #1 on: 03/16/16 03:09PM »

Yea, I don't mess with it myself.  $350 every 12k is not too bad.

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« Reply #2 on: 03/17/16 12:37AM »

Yea, I don't mess with it myself.  $350 every 12k is not too bad.

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Re: Triumph fit a lot of stuff under the tank
« Reply #3 on: 03/17/16 09:49AM »

I do everything else on mine but don't mess with the valve adjustments.

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Re: Triumph fit a lot of stuff under the tank
« Reply #4 on: 03/18/16 12:37AM »

Yea, I don't mess with it myself.  $350 every 12k is not too bad.

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Re: Triumph fit a lot of stuff under the tank
« Reply #5 on: 03/18/16 05:01AM »
Speaking of valve adjustments, is it possible for the clearances to get so out of spec that no matter how you adjust them the clearances will never be good? I did an adjustment on my 250 with the proper size feeler guages and they would not fit at their loosest. I bought it used so im assuming its never had a valve adjustment till now at 18000.

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Re: Triumph fit a lot of stuff under the tank
« Reply #6 on: 03/18/16 06:34AM »
Speaking of valve adjustments, is it possible for the clearances to get so out of spec that no matter how you adjust them the clearances will never be good? I did an adjustment on my 250 with the proper size feeler guages and they would not fit at their loosest. I bought it used so im assuming its never had a valve adjustment till now at 18000.

Not really.  There's a lot of room on that bike for adjustment.  The Ninjette board should have a good how-to on adjustment.  Youtube does too.

My 2010 has 17k on it and I'm sure they've never been adjusted on it either, but it runs well and isn't excessively noisy.  I'll do it soon, but it isn't something to worry about.

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Re: Triumph fit a lot of stuff under the tank
« Reply #7 on: 03/18/16 09:35AM »

Seems like 12k on the Triumph is pretty conservative as well.  Everything was in spec when they checked out mine last.  He said I can easily go a few k more.

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« Reply #8 on: 03/18/16 09:40AM »

Yea, I don't mess with it myself.  $350 every 12k is not too bad.

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Pretty sure if I did it, it wouldn't be done right :32:

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Re: Triumph fit a lot of stuff under the tank
« Reply #9 on: 03/22/16 12:25PM »
Finished up on Sunday, been riding the Triumph to work this week.  Bike's running great, and I was able to reconnect everything and use all my fasteners  :)

When I do it again, I could probably do it in about 40% of the time it took.

I wanted to do it this time b/c I want to know what goes into the job; I'd hate for it to be dead-simple and be charged a couple hundred for it.  I did go to Mach 1 for 2 replacement shims. While I was there I asked what they charge for the job and they said $400.  At that range, I'm on the fence about next time.  It'll probably depend on the amount of time I'd be able to spend on it over a couple of days, or if I still have access to the 250 (I wouldn't want to have to commute by car for a week+).

Overall the job isn't terrible.  Main complaints are the amount of air hoses & electrical connections, and a few of the bolts (valve cover and cam ladder) are hard to access w/ the tools I currently own (especially with my torque wrench).  Again, I am spoiled by only having done the job on my 250 - simpler machine, screw-and-locknut adjustment if necessary, and a kick-ass guide on the ninja250.org wiki.  There's a thread on Triumph675.net that is a good guide, but not quite as detailed, and fewer pictures than the 250 guide.

 

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