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  1. Armo118
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    well, it took me all day, but I finally finshed adjusting the valves on my 1100 Silverado, which didn't need adjusting anyway, after over 9,000 miles. So why check them?

  2. quicgmicg
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    You check them just in case. If something should back off or tighten, you'll end up with a broken motor..... which is not good.

    The factory recommends every 4,000 miles I think...I've got a little over 30,000 on mine...and have yet to have to adjust....but I know others that have....so I keep checking.

  3. poppj
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    i to have checked valves at 8,000, 12,000, 20,000....never had to adjust yet...my buddy hit 32,000 and never had to adjust yet.....it is time consuming to check...but to be on the save side check every 10,000....i have talked to many people about valves on the 1100....most say they never change much...bob

  4. CruizerBruizer
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    So how much hassle is it to adjust the valves? I have a '99 Custom 1100 and am told it needs an adjustment. About 17k miles on it (I'm at least third owner).

    I do have a Clymers manual and am not necessarily mechanically inclined though my in-laws are and want to do the project together.

    Any little pitfalls to look out for?

    What are the consequences of waiting too long to do an adjustment?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

  5. poppj
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    So how much hassle is it to adjust the valves? I have a '99 Custom 1100 and am told it needs an adjustment. About 17k miles on it (I'm at least third owner).I do have a Clymers manual and am not necessarily mechanically inclined though my in-laws are and want to do the project together. Any little pitfalls to look out for?What are the consequences of waiting too long to do an adjustment?Any help is greatly appreciated.

    with the clymers and inlaws with the no how.... have them check the valves...chances are they are fine....if the bike starts right up, holds an idle well, and has good performance chances are the valves are fine....but you should check them....bob

  6. Armo118
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    now I know, I am not alone in the universe.
    now, on drilling out the end of exhaust pipes.....

  7. vakonman
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    Hey Armo118,
    There has been a lot of discussions here on YMF about drilling out the ends of exhaust pipes on various models of bikes. I've even some step-by-step procedures on how to do it properly. It seems to be a popular mod that anyone can successfully do. Do some investigating and give it a go.

  8. quicgmicg
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    So how much hassle is it to adjust the valves? I have a '99 Custom 1100 and am told it needs an adjustment. About 17k miles on it (I'm at least third owner).I do have a Clymers manual and am not necessarily mechanically inclined though my in-laws are and want to do the project together. Any little pitfalls to look out for?What are the consequences of waiting too long to do an adjustment?Any help is greatly appreciated.
    ...as long as they are a little noisey......they are usually OK...if things start to quiet down.....check them immediately....

  9. CruizerBruizer
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    Thanks, quicgmicg...yes, Bruiser starts right up, idles well and stands up when I give him a good twist. The mechanic at my friendly neighborhood bike shop said he could hear that they needed to be looked at and maybe adjusted. There is a slight whistle...would that indicate the valves might need a little lovin'?

  10. poppj
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    Thanks, quicgmicg...yes, Bruiser starts right up, idles well and stands up when I give him a good twist. The mechanic at my friendly neighborhood bike shop said he could hear that they needed to be looked at and maybe adjusted. There is a slight whistle...would that indicate the valves might need a little lovin'?
    if the mechanic could hear your valves,they are probably fine.....do you know how many times the valves have been checked....your bike is a 1999 with only 17,000 miles....these mechanics always want to check valves....about 2 hours labor....i bet the valves have been checked at least twice already...just my 2 cents.....keep in mind that all these air cooled v twins whistle,tick and make lots of strange noises......bob

  11. Armo118
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    I drilled out the exhaust, using six 1/4 in. holes.
    Now it sounds like an elephant farting.
    now what?

  12. quicgmicg
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    Buy a set of pipes...... ?

  13. retzdaret
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    I drilled out the exhaust, using six 1/4 in. holes. Now it sounds like an elephant farting. now what?
    First off, this does not belong in a post about valves.

    Second, we will need a lot more info. How deep and big are your holes. One thing about drilling out pipes, the deeper and wider the hole, the better it sounds. If all else fails you can gut them.

  14. CruizerBruizer
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    Thanks for the replies. Don't know how many times they've been checked. The guy I bought Bruiser from put a whopping 500 miles on him in two years...I covered that in about two months after I started riding...

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