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« on: November 02, 2016, 07:42:28 AM »

An interesting site to peruse.

http://www.kz-1000.net/
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2016, 08:28:34 AM »

Great site!  Good tips on "how to".  The manual is sometimes too general.

The section on how to install the cams is good, but often people install one or the other backwards, which leads to bent valves when the engine is turned over.  To avoid this I tell people that the cams for #4 intake and #4 exhaust should be pointing towards each other when #1 piston is at TDC.
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2016, 08:33:07 AM »

Great site!  Good tips on "how to".  The manual is sometimes too general.

The section on how to install the cams is good, but often people install one or the other backwards, which leads to bent valves when the engine is turned over.  To avoid this I tell people that the cams for #4 intake and #4 exhaust should be pointing towards each other when #1 piston is at TDC.
Backwards, what do you mean?
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2016, 10:16:20 AM »

There are two marks on the exhaust cam, 180 degrees to each other.  If you choose the wrong one your cam will be 180 degrees out of correct timing and the first time you turn the crank you will hear a ping as the intake and exhaust valves contact each other, usually causing one or the other to bend.  Don't ask how I know.   Cry

My solution to ensure the cams go in correctly is to first look at #4 exhaust cam lobe.  When installed correctly it should point backwards, towards the intake cam.  When the cam goes in this way, the correct mark is towards the front of the valve cover surface.  You may need to move the cam by one or two links on the chain to get it correct, but you will not have to worry about being on the wrong mark entirely.  With the intake cam, if #4 lobe is pointing forward, towards the exhaust cam you will know that it's installed correctly, but you may still have to adjust it one or two links to be exactly 28 links to the mark.

This photo shows an exhaust cam from the right side with the correct mark forward.  (Unfortunately it doesn't show the cam lobe.)  The incorrect mark 180 degrees opposite is hidden by the outline of the head.  Note that the cam in this photo is still not "on the mark".  It needs to rotate clockwise another link or two.
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2016, 12:29:57 PM »

I have done a few engines now and luckily never had that problem.

I worked with a heavy duty mechanic who always took pics of an Engine to assure where everything that came of went back to the same place so now I do the same and it has helped me when in doubt I would go back to my Pics .

Especially wondering if I put that oil oring between the cases. Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2016, 12:52:59 PM »

I have done a few engines now and luckily never had that problem.

I worked with a heavy duty mechanic who always took pics of an Engine to assure where everything that came of went back to the same place so now I do the same and it has helped me when in doubt I would go back to my Pics .

Especially wondering if I put that oil oring between the cases. Shocked

AHAHAHAHAHA!!!! 

I take lots of pics now as well.  Both before and after.  And I label all my parts baggies.  The service manual tells you WHAT to do, but is sometimes vague on HOW do do it.  The linked article seems really good on the "HOW".
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