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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Missing lifter shims VN900

Bought a non running 2006 VN900 after new fuel pump and coil got it running. Noticed a lifter tick most fourms said this was just a noisy engine but decided to check valve lash. Was surprised to find front cylinder was missing one shim on intake side and two on rear had 2 missing shims on intake side. Looked everywhere for them not in oil no metal shavings has anyone ever come across this didn't look like anyone had taken it apart before me only has 6000 miles on it.
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Interesting. I don't know if there are oil return passages large enough to pass shims down to the bottom of the oil reservoir. If there are, then I might drain the oil, then remove the oil screen to try and find them. That screen is on the bottom of the engine on the left side.
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I wouldn't think it was possible for the shims to come out under normal operation by themselves.
I would think either they've been taken out or they were never fitted.
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Found two of them in oil near the drain got them out with a magnet but still looking for the 3rd. Do these bikes have oil screen ?
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Yes it does. It's on the left side of the engine, at the bottom of the engine. It's located right next to the frame. The frame appears to interfere with the screen's removal, so you need to bend the screen down just a bit to clear the frame. The screen is fairly long, so be patient getting it out. I forget the nut size to remove the screen cover, something like 14mm, which you will probably needs a wrench for. Also, no need to replace anything when you reinstall it, just lube the o-ring on the cover with oil, before putting it back in.
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