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Old April 28th, 2010, 10:21 AM   #1
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Any Bike Mechanics on GL4x4?

I have some maintenance to do on my bike (250 Ninja), but I'm not looking forward to it. According to the maintenance schedule the valves need to be check/adjusted (at 500, then every 6k miles) and the carbs need to be synced (every 3k miles). Both of these require special tools. I was just wondering if there were any bike mechanics who are certified to do this stuff, who do it on the side?
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Old April 28th, 2010, 10:43 AM   #2
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Sova, if you have ever turned a wrench then you can check/adjust your valves. In fact, i recomend you be the one to play with your carbs (since you will be the one riding the bike). Having someone guide you through two or three times would be in your best interest though
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Old April 28th, 2010, 10:51 AM   #3
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Sova, if you have ever turned a wrench then you can check/adjust your valves. In fact, i recomend you be the one to play with your carbs (since you will be the one riding the bike). Having someone guide you through two or three times would be in your best interest though
I know that I should do it, this was just a last possible avenue to check before the inevitable... me doing it myself. ;) It just looks like such a pain in the ass to even get to the valve cover. I guess I need to familiarize myself with the bike anyway...sigh. I guess I need to make a trip to my local kawasaki dealer and buy the valve tool.
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Old April 28th, 2010, 11:32 AM   #4
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if your still looking my bike mechanic is really good. and cheap. pm me if you want his number.
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Old April 29th, 2010, 08:34 AM   #5
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if your still looking my bike mechanic is really good. and cheap. pm me if you want his number.
thanks, It couldn't hurt to get his number, but I'll probably just do this job myself.
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Old April 29th, 2010, 11:16 AM   #6
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Bikes are ridiculously easy to work on. Get a service manual for it and get to work!
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Old April 29th, 2010, 04:24 PM   #7
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I know that I should do it, this was just a last possible avenue to check before the inevitable... me doing it myself. ;) It just looks like such a pain in the ass to even get to the valve cover. I guess I need to familiarize myself with the bike anyway...sigh. I guess I need to make a trip to my local kawasaki dealer and buy the valve tool.
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Old April 29th, 2010, 06:21 PM   #8
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I was hoping to get better acquainted with it from riding it a little more. It seems a little too early to be undressing her and playing around with her internals ;)
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Old April 30th, 2010, 06:37 PM   #9
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Man up and do it Sova!
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Old April 30th, 2010, 09:45 PM   #10
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I did it today, it wasn't too bad. The undressing is fine as long as you take your time and are careful. I ended up having to readjust the valves 3 times because I didn't read close enough. I first adjusted them all to the intake clearance, then I fixed the exhaust clearances, then I realized I used the inch gauges instead of the mm gauges. Finally have it all buttoned back up. :) Now I'll be ready for next time.
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Old May 1st, 2010, 09:08 AM   #11
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From experience, I know the intimidation of something like this seems insurmountable.

Good job, SatanBoy!
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Old May 1st, 2010, 10:16 AM   #12
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From experience, I know the intimidation of something like this seems insurmountable.

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Old May 3rd, 2010, 05:49 PM   #13
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I think you can make a carb syncing tool pretty esily and cheaply, If I remember correctly there is a thread on www.ninja250.org on how to make one.
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 05:55 PM   #14
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I think you can make a carb syncing tool pretty esily and cheaply, If I remember correctly there is a thread on www.ninja250.org on how to make one.
On two-cylinder bikes, you can get pretty close with just using your ear.
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 05:56 PM   #15
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On two-cylinder bikes, you can get pretty close with just using your ear.
He seems to like making stuff, I figured he'd enjoy making one
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 07:45 PM   #16
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He seems to like making stuff, I figured he'd enjoy making one
yeah, i do enjoy it. I saw where you can do it with a piece of tubing and some liquid.
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 08:06 PM   #17
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You seem pretty brave to admit that you ride a ninja 250!!!
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 08:15 PM   #18
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You seem pretty brave to admit that you ride a ninja 250!!!
I wouldn't say brave, I just don't care what other people think. It does everything I want and has awesome fuel economy. Should I feel like less of a man because I'm not riding a Gixxer?
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Because it's a NINJA 250
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 08:37 PM   #20
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Because it's a NINJA 250


what do you ride?
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