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OK, nearly at 20,000 miles so time to recheck the valves and change the belts this go-round. I have a shopping cart in the works at Ducati of Omaha for split rings, an air filter, and belts... Anything else Ducati-specific you all can think of? I have a shim kit on hand. Thanks.

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I'm thinking about a K&N air filter. I've used them a lot (250000 mi in all kinds of vehicles). They last forever and only need cleaning in severe conditions. For me to work on the valves I think I'd need a bottle of tranquilizers.
 

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Hmm, in my experience K&N are the worst filters. They let in more fine dust particles than any other filter.

Working on the valves should not be that hard, there are a few good instruction videos on youtube. it's not rocket surgery. Just make sure you understand what you're doing, and have the proper tools.

Getting to them however.... tank, battery, abs, it's all in the way it seems.... then to find out the rear valves are still in spec... :embarrassed:

By the time my DS needs a service I'll have it done.
 

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When I did my valves, I promised myself I would buy the special tools to hold the valve stem and to depress the rocker arm. About $100 but seemed worth it.

You may also want to look at the sprockets and decide if you want the special tool needed to remove them. I'm not sure why I remember wanting it, maybe just to make it easier to turn the crank.

Good luck

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What Phil said. You mentioned replacing chain and sprockets on another thread. Just make sure your dealer have them on hand. My dealer had to order it and I'm waiting to hear back from him this week. I have a big trip coming up in two weeks and would like to get it done before then. No winter time in Thailand...year round riding weather :hello2:.
 

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You may also want to look at the sprockets and decide if you want the special tool needed to remove them. I'm not sure why I remember wanting it, maybe just to make it easier to turn the crank.
??? No special tools are required to change the chain sprockets. If you are referring to the cam pulleys, they should never need replacing. An engine turning tool does make turning the crank much easier though. One of the most useful tools I've ever bought.


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Thanks everybody. Chain and sprockets are next on the list, but I've yet to decide whether to stay with factory or gear up by going smaller on the rear.

I'm pondering something else, too. I've spoken with a semi-local (within 50 miles or so) mechanic who works at a Big Four shop and owns an older 4-valve Ducati. He does all the maintenance on his bike and says he'll work on mine, too. This would be a side job at his house, not thru the dealership. We've not talked particulars, but he assures me his rates will be more than reasonable, and he looks forward to working on another Ducati. I've done some nosing around about him, and have heard only good, at least when it comes to working on the Japanese machines. I have no doubt he is more competent than we are, but I'm having difficulty giving over the job. That's foolish of me, as last time we were very nearly ready to tear our hair out, not to mention giving over an entire weekend to the job.

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??? No special tools are required to change the chain sprockets. If you are referring to the cam pulleys, they should never need replacing. An engine turning tool does make turning the crank much easier though. One of the most useful tools I've ever bought.
Yeah, that's what I was probably thinking of. The cams turn easily with the belts off although it was a fiddle getting the follower back in place after swapping shims.

Wish I had a reasonable mechanic to do it. Nothing is reasonable in the SF Bay Area. All service shops think everyone is paid like a Google SW engineer and charge accordingly.
 

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The plan for the semi-local mechanic fell thru completely. Crap. I'm stocked on brewsters but need to check the supply of hard stuff, it nearly came to that last time.

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Fear not Sarah. If you feel it is within your ability, it will be a skill you have for the rest of your life. The satisfaction of wrenching on your own bike can be empowering. Research your task, pick up any tools that will make it easier and give yourself the time to get it done.
 

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Sarah,

You and your husband should can to do it. Do get the special tools though. The biggest issue is working up the nerve to dive in. It gets easier once you have your motorcycle in parts all over the garage and realize you have to put it back together:) Best if you don't have a hard stop on the schedule. If you don't have to rush, you will be fine.

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Yep, I'll get the engine turning tool on order, and may need to put some of you folks on speed dial. Thanks again.

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One thing which helped a lot when I removed the belts was to mark both of them with different colored nail polish vs their pulleys. That way I was certain when I got it back correctly. You could transfer the marks to the new belts.

I guess I'd mark and pull the belts, do the valves an then reset the crank/camshafts using the old belts and then mount the new ones. There are special marks here and there which are used to set all this but a very visual mark on the belts was reassuring.

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Thanks, Phil. Same with us. There'll be marks, notes, pictures drawn, and a million trips back to the computer to reference the how-to guides. We enjoy most any work in the garage, but this one sure tests the limits. I have the engine turning tool on the way, every little bit helps.

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Nope, nothing from Clymer, either. Good stuff online though, I'll go back to the guides I linked in the valve adjustment thread.

This weekend we are in the midst of the valves on Doug's CB500X. Another case of take-the-entire-bike-apart-to-get-to-the-valve-covers. It's enough to make a person consider a move back to the old airhead BMW's.

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All done, with much, much less drama this time, thankfully. The forward cylinder was dead on; the intake was just a tad tight on the rear cylinder, the exhaust was definitely tight. We were relieved to find the closers were good all the way around. As Phil mentioned, marking the belts and pulleys and counting teeth took the worry out of the belt change, too. And you all were right, that engine turning tool is worth a million, thanks again for that advice.

I'm sorry to report the fuel line connections were the same horrible struggle. That's the damnedest set up we've ever seen. Squeeze the collars on the flats and push toward the pump, push in on the elbows to break the grip of the connector fingers before you try to pull them out, still you'll swear you'll break something before they finally pop free. Holy crap.

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