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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Valve adjustment

Hey, guys! Wondering when a good time to get the valves adjusted. I skipped the first adjustment recommendation at 100 miles, but I'm currently nearing the 700 mile mark, so I'm looking for some feed back. Buddy of mine said, he wouldn't do it till it started making noise. Another buddy that works on these things says at about the 2,500 mile mark. Says, it's just a waste of money to do it anytime before that. What's your guy's thoughts on this topic?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 08:54 AM
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Personal choice.
You skipped 1 so it must not be important to you.
I would do it.
But I do my own work so no cost or hauling ATV to a shop.

New machine so why not do the maintenance so it lasts.
Have you changed the oil?


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Oh, yeah. I did it at a hundred miles, and then again at 600 miles. I've never adjusted valves on a machine, and since this is a brand new machine, I figured it to be a waste of money to do a valve adjustment so soon. With that being said, I was looking for feed back on how crucial it is to do such a job so soon.
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New motor and the cam lobes, rocker arms, and bearings etc. will wear in.
So to me it's crucial. Maybe not to others.

Good maintenance is how I roll and my equipment lasts.
From vehicles to ATVs, boats, generators, snowblowers, air compressors etc. and the house.

A no brainier to me.


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Ok, answer me this. I assume your machine/ATV was, or is brand new... What make and model, or does it even matter? What did you find on your first valve adjustment, and at what mileage did you adjust? I'm asking this only because I have no idea. I've been learning as I go along. I've also been doing my own work on an, 06 Honda Foreman 500, and I'm learning quite a bit. I like to get feed back from you all, so it'll help me out in the long run. I talked to a guy that's supposedly an expert. (He's a tech for Honda apparently) He told me that the newer Rincons are pretty solid, and that he's never seen one come through that's needed an adjustment, any sooner than 2,500 miles. I believe, Honda to make a pretty solid machine. This Foreman I have has well over 17,000 miles on the original engine, and it doesn't burn a drop of oil.
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I agree with HC, very important to check them early..

"he's never seen one come through that's needed an adjustment, any sooner than 2,500 miles" WOW, I find that statement very hard to believe.. Every ATV I've had needed a 'tweek' or two early..
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Personally I figure the team of masters degree + engineers who designed the engine, torture tested a bunch of them, and wrote the service manual probably know better than I do.

I’d say just do it. It doesn’t take that long and no parts are required.

I typically find mine slightly out of spec about half the time, but then I don’t run it super hard either.

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Here are my numbers. My Rincon is used mainly on my property, with some trail riding thrown in. Not ridden much in dust. I use GN-4 for oil and change it every 2,000 miles or so. If it means anything, I used to be a technician for a multi-brand dealer. I bought this machine new.

1st check (200 miles) - ex = 0.013 and in = 0.008, no adjustment made
2nd check (2350 miles) - ex = 0.012 and in = 0.008, no adjustment made
3rd check (5000 miles) - ex = 0.012 and in = 0.010, set intake back to 0.006
4th check (8600 miles) - ex = did not check it and in = 0.007, no adjustment made

FYI - on my 4th check I was in a hurry and cheated. The intakes can be checked very quickly/easily because they can be accessed without removing all the Tupperware. You just pop the seat. Mine is at around 12,800 miles now and I plan on checking both the ex and in this winter.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-24-2019, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks a lot corndog. Checked my Valves at, just over 1,200 miles. They were still tits on. No adjustment made either. Kind of what I figured going into this, and turns out the tech was right. Glad I checked anyway. Peace of mind.
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