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I just reached the 200 mile break-in point on my new Kodiak. I've done all the oil changes, but I'm curious as to how many of you had the valve clearance checked as recommended. The valves on this new 700 engine are not adjustable as previous models. If the clearance gap isn't within specs, the valve spacer or shim has to be changed out. Doesn't seem like an easy task, nor does it sound like something that would be required on a new engine. If I hear from the group that "YES, my valves needed the adjustment", then I'll consider taking it in. I believe the dealer quoted something like $300 for valve service. Ouch!!
 

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I'm at a 100 miles and it really bothers me that we are expected to pay have valves checked that should be good to go from the factory and if not, should be covered under warranty. Let me know what you decide to do.
 

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In a moment of honesty the service guy at my dealership told me that they don't have to be adjusted , only if they need to; and it's very unlikely to require adjustment at the 20 hour mark. The valves can be listen to by an experienced mechanic and he can tell you if they need adjusting or not.

That being said , the service guy at the dealer said he'll have no problem adjusting the valves and charging me for it any time I want ...
 

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That's exactly what I suspected. I purchased the Yamaha service manual as I like to do most of my mechanical work. Checking the valve gap looks like a bigger task than the old model where you just had to remove the valve covers. More disassembly required.

As for the manual, it's a great resource and probably worth the $75. It was the $20 shipping that steamed me.

I would still like to hear from someone who had it done to see if adjustment was needed and if it made any difference.
 

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Adding to this maybe over time we can get a whole thread dedicated to the typical tools you would need when working on the Kodiak. At least then that will help people be more prepared for dealing with issues and things that come up to be worked on.
 

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Not true. I asked that question at the dealership and was told that as long as I documented the work, I was still covered. Keeping receipts, a thorough record (spreadsheet for us computer geeks), and pictures will all back up your work. Still haven't checked the valve gap.
 

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I just handed mine in to the dealer. I am busy. I will let you know what they did when I get it back. He said about $125. 2016 SE 106 miles on it.
 

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Not true. I asked that question at the dealership and was told that as long as I documented the work, I was still covered. Keeping receipts, a thorough record (spreadsheet for us computer geeks), and pictures will all back up your work. Still haven't checked the valve gap.
You should be good to go then. Haven't heard of any cases where someone did their own servicing, had proof of it and it didn't comply with warranty.
 

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They changed the oil and filter, cleaned the air filter, checked and adjusted a bunch of stuff for proper operation. $191.00 I asked about the $125 estimate, he checked with the person who gave it to me and lowered the price to $131. I asked about the checking and adjusting the valves and he said the do not check them to do that alone is a $250 job.
Just change your oil and keep your receipt.
 

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I'm at a 100 miles and it really bothers me that we are expected to pay have valves checked that should be good to go from the factory and if not, should be covered under warranty. Let me know what you decide to do.
I have owned many,many new japanese machines, and NEVER let a dealer perform ANY service on my units. That being said, I am a competent mechanic and know what to look for. I also over maintain my vehicles and check them over quite frequently. The Yamaha 700cc engine is done right, change the oil, grease the zerks, torque your lug nuts, clean the air filter and ride on........
 

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According to the owners manual the valves don't need to be adjusted at the 20 hour mark but the dealership is telling me that they do according to the service manual. (they want $400 to adjust the valves)
 

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According to the owners manual the valves don't need to be adjusted at the 20 hour mark but the dealership is telling me that they do according to the service manual. (they want $400 to adjust the valves)
Wow, those guys are really hungry .... beware, they will rip you off any chance they have! Look for another stealership if you can.
 

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Dont feel bad, My dealership ran the same hustle. I still buy from em, just never have them touch my machine and always get a second opinion, which is this forum.
 

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Taking a vehicle into a shop and I man any shop is going to be expensive. Take a look at what they need to pay for to break even. You have their building and land along with everything else that is in it from spare parts that they have on hand to rags to wipe their hands on. Not to mention if they are paying their employees by the hour, it takes time to get to some of the parts on these machines when they have to take the front or rear fenders off of them. And if you look at the factory service manuals you will see that they suggest that you do it the safest way instead of trying to place your hand between two or three components to take off a nut.

But then if you are going to ride one of these machines you should know how to do all the maintenance on them along with some minor repairs. And while there is no real break in time for them you should go through them after some miles just to make sure that all the bolts and nuts are tight and still there, and if you feel like it change the oil sooner than it should if it makes you feel better.

Back to the valve adjustment, the manual says that it should be checked. Nothing about adjusting them, but if they are out of spec then they need to be adjusted and to get to them takes a lot of time taking off a lot of other items on the machine.
 
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