Job Done! Thank you
Friends, This weekend my wife and I finished the valve adjustment. We put the new shim in the right rear exhaust valve stem, installed the camshaft and clearance was spot on at 0.012 inches.
We put in all new gasket, o-rings, and seals for both valve covers. Reinstalled the radiators and hoses, put in fresh engine ice and ran the motorcycle with no leaks of any kind. Ran fine with the new spark plugs. I want to thank everyone who helped us with the minor task. Things we learned:
1. The factory technical/maintenance manual is quite thorough compared to other manuals I have used. I like the cable and wire routing diagrams.
2. Gear driven cam shafts are much easier to install than chain driven cam shafts. The noise will never bother me.
3. OEM spares quality is good. All gaskets and o-rings fit fine.
4. We also replaced the front brake master cylinder with no problems.
Anyhow, I will be cleaning and waxing all the fairing panels and it is ready for summer. Overall a fun job.
PS. Judy was our Corgi dog. My wife and I raced Vintage TRIUMPH motorcycles for 18 years. Early in my race hobby I returned to the pits, dejected with my lap times, and told my wife I was going fast like Judy. Judy ran around and thought she was fast. The name of our race team was born.
Judy has passed and we now have Kadee the corgi.