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This service is first scheduled for 16,000 mi and I'm only at 1,250. Having plenty of time on my hands I wanted to become familiar with more advanced SCR950 maintenance and repair as a DIY mechanic. Also I wanted baseline readings for reference at the next 16K check to see which way the valve clearances change (tighter or looser) and make sure the valve clatter I was already hearing is normal and not a sign of excess clearance. Finally I thought it prudent to make sure rocker arm clearances were equal for each valve pair.

I won't go into details except to say I allowed plenty of time, kept removed parts organized in trays, rested between stages and followed the factory service manual. The specs in inches are INTAKE 0.0032 - 0.0047 and EXHAUST 0.0087 - 0.0102. My intakes ranged from 0.003 to 0.004 and exhausts were all at 0.009. I made no adjustments except for one intake rocker on the front cylinder that needed an extra 0.001 inch to match its twin. The adjuster is a 4mm hex screw and its 12mm locknut requires a hefty 20 ft.lb. so a long offset box wrench helps.

I was impressed how well the SCR950 motor is assembled with check marks on all fittings. Bottom line - no need to worry about servicing your valves prematurely! I'd be glad to answer questions but first suggest the following YouTube video for the Bolt as a good guide:
 

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Thanks for the helpful head's up!
Seeing how I'll get to do two like this eventually ("She who must be tread lightly around" has a V-Star 950 to my SCR950),
this is encouraging. LOTs simpler than the Super Tenere's valve inspection!! That one consumed about 8 soilid hours without actually adjusting the clearances.
7 of 8 were dead in the middle and one stinking intake was 0.001 loose. I ain't pulling cams for 0..0001 loose! It can tap all it wants!
 

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Thanks for the specs! Don't have an offset box wrench, but it may be a sign for me to splurge a bit at the hardware store. :grin2:
 
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