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I was told by a mechanic that you could not change the valve seals on a 1500 without removing the head. I read on here that you did not have to remove the head. I have replaced valve seals on cars without removing heads before. Do you need a special tool to compress the valve springs?
 

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I think if you have a tool to compress the springs,that lets you remove the keepers. and some way to keep the valve from falling in the cylinder, replacing the seals would be the easy part. My '82 just started to puff blue smoke on start up after sitting so I was thinking that the seals might need changing.44k miles.,,
 

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Usually not milage but age that makes the seals hard and let oil seep into the cylinders. The tool that I have is to remove them with the head off. I have read that this is not that hard to do with the heads on.
 

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there is a home made method to compress the springs actually using a spanner as a lever, as soon as i get to my office ill post the picture
 

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my 1500 has 97000 on it and only smokes a little if left on the side stand. I just bought the bike and have put on about 600 -700 miles. It had been serviced right before I bought it. When I checked the oil it was a little high, so maybe that is why is smokes a little on start up.
 

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cyclewizard wrote:
I dunno, when it's time to replace seals it's usually time for a valve job too.
I disagree.
 
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