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post #1 of 19 Old 04-04-2006, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Buckets, shims and a block head

When I picked up my head the first time to take it to the machine shop, I was a block head and turned the head over and the buckets and shims fell out. I know, I'm a bone head. I have never been inside of a motorcycle engine and thats why I took it my friends shop in the first place. Can someone point me in the right, but quick direction to get this head put back together smoothly?


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The shims just sit in a little recess on top of the valve spring retainer, and the bucket slips right over the top of that. There should be a number on the shim (which indicates it's thickness). The number should be facing up when installing the shim.

Unless you get really lucky and happen to have all the same thickness shims in your head, you're going to have fun trying to figure out where each one goes. You'll just have to install each one, check tappet clearance, and go from there.
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Damn. Thats what I figured. 16 buckets and shims. Thats going to take forever.


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Unfortunately, no quick way at this point.
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Alright then. I'm glad I'm not the one putting it back together. I'll probably owe a little more than quoted, but I have to pay somewhere for my mistakes.


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It does not take that long to do put all the higher #'s on the exhaust and the lower #'s on the intake from there its measuring and math
about 45 to 1 hour top's !!


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just called him and let him know. Thanks ice man.


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It does not take that long to do put all the higher #'s on the exhaust and the lower #'s on the intake from there its measuring and math
about 45 to 1 hour top's !!

Higher the number the thicker the shim meaning less clearance put the smaller numbers on the exhaust and the bigger on the intake. The intake is supposed to be a little tighter than the exhaust. After install the cams torque down the caps check and write down your measurements and start calculating for correct clearance, uninstall swap and reinstall cams, check again and you may have to remove a third time to get them just right.

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Don't use full torque each time! there going to be in and out several times. And it's going to take longer than a couple hrs. Make sure who does it takes there time >now< no time to be in a hurry!
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Yeah all you really need to do is just past snug tightness.

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