Don't want to synch them, couldn't anyway. We want them to operate in their own proper time. And ticking isn't necessarily a bad thing. Valves tend to tighten over time and it's when the motor gets real quiet that you have a problem. A loose valve is just noisy, a tight valve is on its way to its grave.Teach me said:Anyone know how to sync. the valves? Mine are starting to tick and rather than take my bike in I thought I'd better learn how to do it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanx, Tristan
This job can be easy or hard depending on the bike. A ZRX 1200 is easy, a Yamaha 5 valve is a pain. It's really just about careful measuring, note taking and lots of trips to the bike store. Honestly, I can do this but, all the fiddly crap that goes with it made me take mine is to BK to have them do it. Getting old, I guess. They have every shim they need, gaskets available if one rips, etc. It wasn't that expensive either.
You'll need a really good set of angled feeler gauges for this, a decent outside caliper, and a good pencil and paper. You check all clearnances as specified in the manual and tighten or loosen those that are out. Problem is, most sportbikes use shim under bucket designs, meaning you have to remove the cams, support the cam chain, wiggle off the bucket to get at the shim. This is jeweller's work and can be fiddly.
Get a manual and go for it, if you have alot of time on your hands. Good luck.