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View Poll Results: What maintenance tasks have you done?

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  • basic - oil/filter change, brake pads

    9 29.03%
  • basic electrical work, changing bulbs, fuses, etc..

    3 9.68%
  • clutch overhaul, plate replacement, etc..

    0 0%
  • brake job - full bleed, fluid change, line swap, etc..

    1 3.23%
  • tire change at home

    0 0%
  • install a new chain

    2 6.45%
  • valve check

    0 0%
  • major suspension work, fork disassembly, etc..

    4 12.90%
  • major engine work, piston/ring, cam, etc.. replacement, major transmission work

    8 25.81%
  • I am Rye, bring it

    4 12.90%
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  1. #26
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    so far all i've done on my bike is an oil & filter change, suspension tweak w/ TLRMan's help and wheel removal to get new tires thrown on.... also had to put the stock muffler back on after my little dismount

    what I'd LIKE to do, and sometime in the near future, is just about everything as far as regular maint. goes:

    valve check/adjustment
    carb synch
    new chain
    full brake job
    coolant flush
    etc etc etc

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    ya ya i'm just not in 2 it no moe i will help ya

    Originally posted by Rye
    By no mean am I a pro. There are many on this site with much more robust skills than I have. I am just inquisitive. My love affair with motorcycles drives that. One of the reasons I try (when I can) to support the NESR racers. I do what anyone on hear should do...read. I look at a project from a cost/benefit mindset. I will do 90% of the work in the poll, but I have yet to crack the cases on a motor or screw with gearboxes (outside of spring changes have fairly limited experience with suspension...I too rely on Mr. Kates for help). It does interest me though so I read up on it. Best advice, buy books. I can recommend 2 in particular....Haynes publishes a Motorcycle Fuel Systems Techbook written by the late John Robinson (very well written). An abundance of information. There is also a Electrical TechBook published by Haynes which i cannot remember the author...but also very informative. I just bought an XR650R and before I had 10 miles, I had a "copy" of the service manual via ebay (another good piece of advice). I'm rambling now, but I guess the moral is be inquisitive.

    Mark (greenmonster). It is not uncommon for the automatic chain tensioners to fail. Some recommend a manual tensioner, but I would just replace the auto unit after about 10k or a long season of serious flogging. It is a $40-50 part off bikebandit.com and will give you peace of mind. I would have serious doubts that the camchain will catastrophically fail but it will get sloppy and could screw with timing if neglected enough. The best bet would to be proactive and replace the tensioner (very easy to do) and check for slack in the cam chain. I've got your same 9r motor and in the ZX7 framespars it is easy access (not sure about the 9r chassis interfering with its removal). You should also check those valve clearances. The head on the 94-97 and 91-95 ZX7 and 9's are identical castings. Shim-over-bucket actuation (tit for valve checks...no cam removal). I have also had issues with cam chain guides...in particular the little guide that attaches to the valve cover. Mine had degraded over time and shreds had broken off...fortunately the pickup screen in the sump did its job and I was able to remove the shit outta it. This was caught before I enountered a oil starvation issue). I am going to be flatout for a few weekends now but I will lend an e-hand when ever needed.
    ive even worked in bike shops done it all

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    Ben VFR

    I am hard on my stuff but my yzf1000r had an alleged 26000 to 1st valve adjustment but I cracked it at 16000 and all the exhausts and 1/2 the intakes were sunk into the head and leaked.. alot. so that was valve recommendation was bs.

    If you rev to the red zone at full throttle often then valve adjustments must be more frequent.

    Once when I was young and couldn't pour piss out of a boot I was a professional boat mechanic for a summer.
    I hope they all went with God's speed cause I wasn't much help.

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    Rye-thanks for the Bikebandit info....I went there and called up the OEM parts schematic for my tensioner stuff...I wont be doing this til spring most likely, as my garage isnt heated, and I only ride when the weather/street conditions permit, so Im sure the problem can wait til better weather. Meantime, I'll do my research on the tools needed, etc. Wont really know what to order til I get inside and look at the parts, but Im betting on replacing the tensioner unit itself, O-rings, and the guides. BTW....is the "noise" I described earlier familiar to you? Have you heard of this being an indicator of the tensioner problem? Any-hoo...thanks for your input, and I'll stay in touch via email....spring aint so far away!!

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    Check if tensioner is oil driven hydraulic
    some are

    If it is it may just rattle cold with thick oil till it warms up

    It also may clear up with just a cleaning if its full of gunk

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    Originally posted by greenmonster
    Rye-thanks for the Bikebandit info....I went there and called up the OEM parts schematic for my tensioner stuff...I wont be doing this til spring most likely, as my garage isnt heated, and I only ride when the weather/street conditions permit, so Im sure the problem can wait til better weather. Meantime, I'll do my research on the tools needed, etc. Wont really know what to order til I get inside and look at the parts, but Im betting on replacing the tensioner unit itself, O-rings, and the guides. BTW....is the "noise" I described earlier familiar to you? Have you heard of this being an indicator of the tensioner problem? Any-hoo...thanks for your input, and I'll stay in touch via email....spring aint so far away!!
    I'd have to listen to it. But I would error on the side of caution and replace it. It is a wear item and should be replaced anyway. The head on those motors sounds like a truck. Scares people unfamiliar with the zx's (both 9's and 7's). The only tool necessary is a socket and allen key. The bitch is access. Where the tensioner is at the extreme right of the motor, it sometimes is blocked by the frame spar. For parts diagrams you can also go to buykawasaki.com and follow the questions for your model. Nice detail.

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    Originally posted by highsider
    I'm afraid that hammer pants won't EVER be coming back.
    I told you he'd be back

    "You're not supposed to touch this" I love it!

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    All of the above except transmission work and being Rye.

    I miss this site.

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    What maintenance have you done?

    Originally posted by bigred875
    nice poll....should made it multiple choice

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    If ya need bling.......Ill help ya with that thing.

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    Originally posted by stoinkythepig
    All of the above except transmission work and being Rye.

    I miss this site.
    Hey Dave, how ya been? Haven't seen you around here in a while, didn't you say something about work blocking the site?

    Hopefully you'll find your way back on somehow this spring, at least enough to post/join a few rides.

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    Originally posted by Honclfibr
    Hey Dave, how ya been? Haven't seen you around here in a while, didn't you say something about work blocking the site?

    Hopefully you'll find your way back on somehow this spring, at least enough to post/join a few rides.
    I posted from home last night, something I rarely do. Tried NESR this morning from work again and it is off the prohibited website list. Woohoo.

    I have been busy lately traveling quite a bit for work, got 18,000 miles of motorcycle riding in last season, am going to vacation at the Grand Canyon in April, and bought a new boat this year. Life is good.

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    good 2 see you mr piggy


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