Checking and Adjusting Valves on Suzuki SV650S 2001

Well organized and a very detailed description with sequential pictures. Better then some of the factory manuals I have used in the past.

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What You'll Need:
Time needed: Yeesh. Took me three weeks. Subtracting the time spent waiting for ordered parts, I'd say you're looking at one full day, two if you have to replace a shim.

  • 5mm hex wrench
  • 6mm hex wrench
  • 8mm hex wrench
  • 10mm hex wrench
  • Ratchet wrench and:
    • 10mm socket
    • 17mm socket
  • magenetic pointer
  • small amount of engine oil
  • Suzuki cam chain tension adjuster locking tool (part #09917-62430; about $20 from a Suzuki dealer)

I absolutely, positively, would have gone even more insane if it weren't for the help of my friend 
Derek Jackson. Derek somehow manages to be a great mechanic, amazing photographer, and kickass biker buddy.

Don't do this. Take this to a mecahnic. Yes, I think you're smart; yes, I think you're capable. It's just that this is a huge time suck and a monstrous pain in the ass. Halfway through and I was telling all of my friends and loved ones that if I ever, EVER, mentioned wanting to adjust my own valves on this bike again, to gently take me out into the backyard and shoot me.

What, you're still here? OK, well, read on then, but don't say I didn't warn you.

Ah, the beloved "pre-procedure" section. Where it all looks so simple. "Merely take apart the entire bike, twice, and you'll be ready to go!" Unfortunately, that isn't too far off for this charming little bit of maintenance. My deepest apologies and, if you don't already have a factory service manual, stop reading my website and go buy one ASAP.

  • Remove the seats.
  • Remove the side fairings.
  • Prop up the gas tank.
  • Remove the radiator.
  • Remove the sparkplugs.

Wasn't that fun? Now you're ready to check (and if you're unlucky, adjust) your valves. .... "


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