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i will be doing my valve cover gasket myself.. are there any other things i should replace while i got all these parts off the bike? i will be doing my plugs, and air filter at the same time..
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yea might as well check valve clearances. you could remove the secondary flies also. you could flush coolant if you want.

and make sure to use some sealer on the valve cover gasket
 

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will do the valve clearance, just got a nice tool from snap on for that, and coolant flush sounds nice, and what is good for cleaning the radiator?? . what about replacing the plug hole gaskets.? I hear riders taking their secondary flies off, would that mess the bike up?? and will need countless hours of tuning to correct??
 

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will do the valve clearance, just got a nice tool from snap on for that, and coolant flush sounds nice, and what is good for cleaning the radiator?? . what about replacing the plug hole gaskets.? I hear riders taking their secondary flies off, would that mess the bike up?? and will need countless hours of tuning to correct??
As stated before, use a sealer on the gasket. That will take care of all the seal problems, and doesn't take much. I had to tear my bike back down after putting it back together after a valve adjustment for a tiny oil leak at the gasket that a thin coat of gasket sealer would have taken care of the first time. Removing the flies is an easy thing to do if your already in there, and gives better throttle response, at least for me. No tune needed. A good flushing of the radiator with water should be sufficient, I just flushed and back flushed then used premix on my bike and she runs well like that.
 

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I just finished my 24K service...what a PITA. Anyway...I wouldn't do anything more than what's in the manual. Why are you dealing with this at 11K ? Just wait until 15K unless you're behind on other things. I've maintained her exactly as specified in the manual and had 1 valve adjustment at 15K and my lower fork mounts loosened up before the 24k. Other than that everything has been exactly as per the maintenance schedule and I have had no issues.

By the way as long as the gasket is perfect you don't need any sealant...mine was perfect when I pulled the cover off and was perfect when it went back on. No leaks..
 

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the head cover may just need to be retorked, i am doing all this maintenance now while all my plastics are off, even though the valves sound fine and the coolant looks new, its good to get it out of the way now, wont hurt to check the clearances. the valve cover is starting to leak a lot now it looks wet on the shifter side corner of the cover, and that irritates me. I am OCD. I don't want one of my Suzuki friends to point it out.
 

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the head cover may just need to be retorked, i am doing all this maintenance now while all my plastics are off, even though the valves sound fine and the coolant looks new, its good to get it out of the way now, wont hurt to check the clearances. the valve cover is starting to leak a lot now it looks wet on the shifter side corner of the cover, and that irritates me. I am OCD. I don't want one of my Suzuki friends to point it out.
Dude...get a torque wrench and call it a day. Your Suzuki friends can blow off....pull the cover off, clean and dry the gasket, put the cover back on and torque to spec. Done....'nuff said...
 

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yea that sounds good enough ill try it out and save the 50 bucks and if it works then its golden, if not then ill buy the gaskets i need and go from there.. thanks for you help and eat those corners up !!
 
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