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My 1982 1100 interstate has been brought back into great riding condition by me over the last winter. Been riding as many hours every chance I get in. The clicking noise comes and goes - sometimes gets louder under strain. I need advice on adjusting my valves. I have replaced my valve cover gaskets recently so they should take another removal. Will adjusting the valve rocker arms help reduce the clicking? Any tips from you guru's is greatly appreciated

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When was your last oil change, what grade? Have you already set your valve clearances to spec? What's the mileage on the bike? Need some more info..
 

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Hi Mike, the valve clearances should be checked. They may not need an adjustment. Follow the instructions in your manual. They must be checked with the engine stone cold. Intake is 0.10 mm (0.004 in) and the exhaust is 0.13 mm (0.005 in) Be sure the piston is at TDC of the compression stroke on the cylinder you are checking. They are easier to check with the plugs removed. Good luck and keep us informed of your progress.
 

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I change oil and filter every couple thousand miles 10w40 per the manual. I have not set my clearances - that is really my question. 73K miles.





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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.
 

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I have the Honda manual and will follow along. Just thought "some tips" might help as even the best manual leaves somethings out. I see you have an old KZ - My other bike is a KZ-900 - it is scary fast
 

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Had an old K-1. Best tip i can give you is make sure your bike is cold when doing valves, like in the morning. Also, set them snug to feeler guages. Double check after tightening screws. That's about it! They do tick, so don't worry. What's worse is NO sound. Then they are too tight and will burn out.
 

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The GL1100 valve clearances are easy to do Mike, you should have no problams with this job at all.
 

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Just performed the valve adjustment on my bike. Runs purrrrfectly smooth, but there is still a small amount of ticking. This seems normal for these bikes, and not something to be too concerned with. You mentioned your ticking can get loud, and so should be addressed by the adjustment.
 

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Light tapping is normal all right. You will have to adjust the clearances at the valves anyway, just to eliminate that task. Check where the rockers sit on the shaft for play, just in case there is excessive wear.
 

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I adjust mine aboutevery 5000 miles and a very slight tapping is still audible. That's teh way these engines are even from new. If you leave the adjustments too long they get ratly.
 
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