Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Mike, you need to set the valve clearances, as per Jack's instructions. Remove the plugs, remove the timing plug from on top of the engine case (it has a large slot for a screwdriver). Remove your valve covers (put something under to catch oil). You rotate the engine to the T-1 mark so it lines up with the mark on the case. Easiest way is by putting the bike in 5th gear and 'bumping' the rear wheel forward by hand, watching the timing hole for the mark to line up. When you hit T-1, or 'top dead center', you need to make sure it's the intake/compression stroke by tugging on the tappets for cylinder #1 -- if both wiggle slightly, your at theintake stroke. It's much easier if you have a Clymer manual to follow, as you need to see which valves to set, because some will be set at the exhaust stroke, by rotating the engine another full turn back to T-1. A Clymer is really indispensible anyway.
1985 BMW K100RT..wheeee
78 GL1000, naked, restored, on to a happy new home Dec 05
previously: 76 GL1000, 82 GL1100
73 BMW R60/5; \'80s Suzuki GS400/GS750/GS850T; \'87 BMW K100RS; \'73 Kawasaki Z1