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  • Let the ZX14R Valve Adjustment Fun Begin!

    So, here we go! Before I start tearing off plastic, a couple more quick questions-
    - What are the odds I will need a new valve cover gasket? Bike is now 6 years old. Order one with my spark plugs?
    - Any other parts (aside from maybe a manual cam chain adjuster) I should consider?
    - What value do I torque the cam bearing caps to?

    I am mixed on doing the PAIR system elimination. Don't want to cause any electronic problems for myself.

    G
    "The Price of Speed is Eternal Vigilance" 2015 ZX14R 30th, Four Kids

  • #2
    I would do a new gasket.

    Always nice to have a extra hand full of all those little various size plastic pop rivets on hand if you don't already.

    Dry silicone spray used on fairing parts that squeeze/slide together.

    Couple of small bungee cords to hold cam chain after removing cams.

    white paint marker to mark chain/cam sprocket locations.




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    • #3
      Thanks- where do you get those plastic rivet thingies?
      I was gonna use white-out to mark the cam sprockets and chain.
      "The Price of Speed is Eternal Vigilance" 2015 ZX14R 30th, Four Kids

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      • #4
        Originally posted by gregness View Post
        where do you get those plastic rivet thingies?
        Kawasaki. I order a few of each size and those pesky O shaped plastic cable holders too. Always
        nice to have a few extra on hand.


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        • #5
          Be ready to spend two days in your garage
          I have neither the time,or the inclination, to explain myself to a man, who rises and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner, in which I provide it. I'd rather you just say 'thank you' and go on your way.

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          • #6
            Also, you might take some pics as you go.

            They'll come in handy when plugging all of the electrics back in and showing you how things were routed.

            You have a shim kit already laying around?
            I have neither the time,or the inclination, to explain myself to a man, who rises and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner, in which I provide it. I'd rather you just say 'thank you' and go on your way.

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            • #7
              I do not have a shim kit. I was wondering if I should wait and see what I need before ordering, or getting a set of the most commonly needed sizes would be a good idea. And I plan to take MANY pictures as I go!
              "The Price of Speed is Eternal Vigilance" 2015 ZX14R 30th, Four Kids

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              • #8
                Order what you need and a few extra.

                Rocky Mountain ATV, $1.95 each including 1/2 sizes. Been using these for years.

                https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p...x-valve-shim-p

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                • #9
                  If it is anything like the ZX12R, I found it easier to get at places with the front wheel removed.
                  Perth, Western Australia.
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                  • #10
                    I know it would be easier and probably faster if you just took the engine out. LOL!


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                    I have neither the time,or the inclination, to explain myself to a man, who rises and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner, in which I provide it. I'd rather you just say 'thank you' and go on your way.

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                    • #11
                      Well today was Day 1. After spending 6 hours exposing and removing the cam cover (w/o pulling the throttle bodies) I was finally able to check my valve clearances. To my surprise they are all within spec. Tightest intake is at a loose .16 MM, the others all around .18 MM, and three exhausts are at a comfy .23+, with one at .25MM. I am not pulling the cams to put my valves into the middle of the range. So tomorrow I will put it back together, with new oil and filter, new air filter, new coolant and new plugs. Plugs did not look that bad, but what the hell it takes 6 hours to get to them...
                      I consider it to be a major accomplishment not to have broken any of my seven year old plastic bits taking it apart!

                      G
                      "The Price of Speed is Eternal Vigilance" 2015 ZX14R 30th, Four Kids

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                      • #12
                        Job well done!


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                        • #13
                          You lucky bastage!!
                          I have neither the time,or the inclination, to explain myself to a man, who rises and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner, in which I provide it. I'd rather you just say 'thank you' and go on your way.

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                          • #14
                            A bit of post ho'ing. I too waded in to the valve pool. First time I've ever been this deep in to an engine. #4 exhaust valves are at .102 mm so I suppose I should adjust those. Need to find some shims. Carbs are rebuilt. Revzilla is shipping me two out of the four plug gaskets I ordered. Hopefully I remember how to reassemble it.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by slayman View Post
                              A bit of post ho'ing. I too waded in to the valve pool. First time I've ever been this deep in to an engine. #4 exhaust valves are at .102 mm so I suppose I should adjust those. Need to find some shims. Carbs are rebuilt. Revzilla is shipping me two out of the four plug gaskets I ordered. Hopefully I remember how to reassemble it.
                              Hehe.

                              I did the valves on my ZZR at 50K miles and a number of them needed new shims. Everything seemed to go back fine, but when I tried to start it there was a bunch of misfires w/o an actual start. Several hours of troubleshooting and found that I had miswired the coils. Felt like I dodged a huge bullet.

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