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Time for a valve check & adjustment. Advice needed

Hey Guys,
I'm nearing 15k miles and coming due for valve clearance check and adjustment on my Gen 2. After doing the plugs at 7500 I am not inclined to go much further into the bike without expert assistance. My question is, who would you suggest in the Tampa/Wesley Chapel Florida area to perform the service? Someone/somewhere you have experience with that is reputable, professional, etc? Or, I am willing to pay a technician and/or member to come on over one weekend and assist. I could get everything down to where I did when I did the plugs, which is pretty much just short of the valve cover.
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Well, checking them is pretty straight forward. It's the adjusting part that's a bit more tedious and involved. I'd offer to help you out with them, but my time is very limited these days. You may try contacting Chad Wolfe, as I've heard nothing but good things about him. He runs an independent shop out of his house. Check him out for contact info on the TSB board.

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Well, checking them is pretty straight forward. It's the adjusting part that's a bit more tedious and involved. I'd offer to help you out with them, but my time is very limited these days. You may try contacting Chad Wolfe, as I've heard nothing but good things about him. He runs an independent shop out of his house. Check him out for contact info on the TSB board.
I'll probably start there. Like you said, checking clearance is no biggie, its the adjustments, shims, etc.... Sounds scary. I consider myself above average mechanically inclined, and could probably tackle it myself, but would prefer someone that has done it before and knows specific procedures, etc from experience.
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Does anyone have Chad Wolfe's phone number?
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I'm not sure it's listed. Did you try contacting him through the local forum? There's a banner right on the home page for him and a sponsor thread. You may have to join the forum to get in contact with him. If I had his number, I'd give it to ya, but I don't.

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If you're above average mechanic and you can add and subtract simple numbers and have tools it's really not that hard of a job to do, little time consuming, but not hard. If you take your time you can get it done no problem.
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I know this is off topic a little, but at what miles should you change the plugs or airfilter? I have 12k on my bike and still haven't changed these or even the coolant for that matter.. However, she runs cooler and stronger than she ever has..

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I can probably make a video on how to do a valve job.
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I know this is off topic a little, but at what miles should you change the plugs or airfilter? I have 12k on my bike and still haven't changed these or even the coolant for that matter.. However, she runs cooler and stronger than she ever has..
Air filter and coolant are overdue at that mileage. Filter should be checked at least every 5k IMO. The coolant swapped every 2 years. The valve check and possible adjustment can go to 15k. Same with the plugs.


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