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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:59 pm 
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The last time I did my vavles I went for the .004. The are a bit noisier, sounding like a sewing class is going on in my valve cover, but not terribly noisy. I can still hear the engine and exhaust.
Next adjustment I'll probably go back to .003.

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 Post subject: Use big Washers to unscrew those big Screw slots
PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:12 pm 
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I tried to take the main cover off, because I saw a drop of water on the flywheel inside. But the main crankshaft bolt is holding it on. What do I do, put the bike in gear and try and take off the bolt? Which way to turn, lefty loosy, or otherwise. Also, its a 25 year old bike, will I be voiding any warranties by doing so? /humor

When I popped the rubber seal, muddy rainwater dripped out, so yeah, I want to take it off. Every time I open up something on this bike, I find yet another hell problem I need to fix (i.e. shocks were full of rain water).

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BTW, you don't have to hunt around for a silver dollar or a bit screwdriver to take off those big screw off caps, two big washers lying around the shop of the right size work great. Just find two of the right size and clamp them with a vice grip, put in the slot and twist.


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 Post subject: Re: Rebel 250 - How to adjust valve clearance
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 6:46 am 
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Cant get the timing caps off! any suggestions on loosening them??

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 Post subject: Re: Rebel 250 - How to adjust valve clearance
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 6:49 am 
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If you live near a honda shop (or other bike shop, for that matter), consider dropping by and asking if their mechanic would consider loosening them for you. Then, snug them up enough to get home.
brent

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 Post subject: Re: Rebel 250 - How to adjust valve clearance
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 9:03 am 
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You can watch the valves move and feel the compression stroke by removing the spark plug. That lets you adjust the valves without even removing the timing cap. If you can't remove the crankshaft cap, put the bike on a swingarm stand (rear wheel off ground) and rotate the tire (~3rd gear should work).

I use a silver dollar to remove those caps.

Oh, the rotation of the crankshaft is counterclockwise.

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 Post subject: Re: Rebel 250 - How to adjust valve clearance
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:53 am 
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Just finished my first valve clearance adjustment. Yeah it took less time to actully adjust the valves then to get all the stuff out of the way to do it! Great page and thanks for all the help you guys give.
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 Post subject: Re: Rebel 250 - How to adjust valve clearance
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:11 am 
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I still couldnt get the timing cover cap off. I went to the dealership and they loosened it for me but by the time i got home it was too tight again. But the crankshaft cap came off and that made it real easy. I just used the notch and the compression coming out of the plug hole. I hope I got it right. The bike sounds alot better. Not as noisey. The left valves were loose enough for me to pick up and set the feeler gauge under it. No wonder it was loud. I didnt see any visable damage. thanks agian

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 Post subject: Re: Rebel 250 - How to adjust valve clearance
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:00 pm 
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After adjusting the valves. How much valve chatter should i hear? I know this is difficult to measure. I adjusted Zander the bike ran great. The valves seem loud. I adjusted to .003 inch.


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 Post subject: Re: Rebel 250 - How to adjust valve clearance
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:01 pm 
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After adjusting the valves. How much valve chatter should i hear? I know this is difficult to measure. I adjusted and the bike ran great. The valves seem loud. I adjusted to .003 inch.


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 Post subject: Re: Rebel 250 - How to adjust valve clearance
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:16 pm 
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You should hear a definite clicking sound ,not a loud rattling. If you have .003 inch clearance you are good.

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 Post subject: Re: Rebel 250 - How to adjust valve clearance
PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:06 am 
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What happened to the pictures on page 1? I can't see them. Is this just me or are they gone?


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 Post subject: Re: Rebel 250 - How to adjust valve clearance
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They seem to be gone.

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 Post subject: Re: Rebel 250 - How to adjust valve clearance
PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:40 pm 
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Yep.

They were hosted off-site, and have evidently been pulled. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Rebel 250 - How to adjust valve clearance
PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:56 pm 
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Duke, would you like the pictures? I have them.

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 Post subject: Re: Rebel 250 - How to adjust valve clearance
PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:28 pm 
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I would indeed.

Thanks, John!

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