Dropped a valve shim.... to nowhere - Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums
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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-03-2019, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Dropped a valve shim.... to nowhere

I was clumsy and didn't have the timing chain area covered and dropped a shim down there. After a good amount of cursing, the only option I could think was drain the oil and pull the left side engine cover (dropped it down the front jug, left side.

I have no idea where it went but it has vanished. Only thing I can think is it made it's way into the bottom of the crankcase.

Wtf am I supposed to do now? Pull the engine right out of the bike. If so, I might as well write off my riding season and tear the bike down fully for repaint (originally planned for the Fall).

A $10 job has turned into a big 'ol pile of crap....
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-03-2019, 08:16 PM
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Talking Put it back together and ride!!

Ride it!! Enjoy and assume it is in the sump no harm no foul!!!


Let us know how that works!!!


When the dealer does this they just don’t tell you!!!


Check your stator it is magnetic and shim would stick there. Don’t ask how I know.



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Well, I rented a puller and gave ‘er some hard pressure to remove that stator rotor and she wasn’t budging. I assumed I was just gonna break something expensive, so the shim will stay wherever the heck it calls home now and I’m reassembling. It was a Hail Mary anyway just to see if the shim was wedged somewhere behind it.

This Fall I plan to do a full tear down and repaint, likely bob it. If the engine doesn’t blow up by then, I’ll take another stab at finding it.
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