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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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For those doing their 12k maintenance...

So, I am going through the 12k maintenance right now (actually, the 24k maintenance, but whatever...) and I figured I would throw out some pointers and stuff...

Doing most of the maintenance is not all that hard, and I am not going to touch on it... I am going to go into the valve clearance inspection, however, since it is a pain...

First, make sure you have everything you are going to need...
  • metric torx allen wrenches, torx bits, feeler gauge, etc.
  • replacement coolant
  • replacement valve cover gasket AND four of the ring gaskets. The ring gaskets are apparently even more important that the cover gasket, as they have a higher tendency to get mangled.
  • Threebond 1215 sealant (or equivalent). I found on a Subaru website that some of the equivalents are:
    • 3M T-3 Silicone (black) #08670
    • Loctite/Permatex #599 Ultra-Grey

Getting the seat and tank off aren't all that big a hassle, but the rest is a pain. You have to drain the coolant, because across the top of the valve cover is a coolant pipe that has to come off in order to get to the cover (fortunately, one of the other maintenance items happens to be a flush of the coolant). Once all of this stuff is out of the way, it is time to pull the cover off.

That is actually as far as I have gotten, since I did not have the sealant or replacement coolant, and my current feeler gauge is... questionable. I will pick those up on the way home tonight so that when I pull the cover off, I can do the maintenance check right then and immediately close it back up. I didn't want to leave the cover off any longer than I had to.

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O wouldn't touch valve adjustment on this thing myself. They make replacing the spark plugs a major pain, jet valve adjustment is 99% worse. I'd much rather have it done and spend a couple hundo. Well worth it. And by the way, whoever feels the same, ask several dealers for a price on valve adjustment alone if you have a few dealers close enough. I did and the difference in prices i got was like 50% different ! One was around $400 and the other around $200.
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FYI: There is no METRIC TORX drive.Torx is torx no matter what country you're in.The same with pipe thread.However,Allen wrenches come in both SAE and Metric. Naturally I have all of the above.lol Dave!!!
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Thats right, and torx bits come from the small little known European country of "Torx".
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There is a big difference in pipe threads; NPT and BSP are not interchangeable. They might look similar in the smaller diameters but are different enough not to be interchangeable, the pipe diameters are the same regardless of place of origin.
When I was an apprentice back in England in the seventies we had alot of American made machinery that we had to modify to accept BSP fittings etc.
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Thats right, and torx bits come from the small little known European country of "Torx".
Are they right or left handed?
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Please allow me to rectify my above statement about pipe thread.NPT [national pipe thread], and "ONLY" NPT is the same no matter where ya go.My apploogies for not being more specific. Dave!!!
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O wouldn't touch valve adjustment on this thing myself. They make replacing the spark plugs a major pain, jet valve adjustment is 99% worse. I'd much rather have it done and spend a couple hundo. Well worth it.
+1 I have 4 dealers within 25 miles and will leave it to someone who has done a number of them. I picked my dealer because they do a lot of Triumph work and seem to know what they are talking about. I do simple maintenance but that's it.
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+1 I have 4 dealers within 25 miles and will leave it to someone who has done a number of them. I picked my dealer because they do a lot of Triumph work and seem to know what they are talking about. I do simple maintenance but that's it.
Same here, tho i'll do more than dead simple stuff. i just won't tackle anything that 1-is a huge headache, or 2- know i may screw up due to lack of tools or knowledge or both.

i have a good mechanical aptitude, but i also know where to draw the line n order to insure the best chance of NOT being sorry either due to screwing it up or making a huge headache for myself. i don't have near the enthusiasm, patience or drive to dig in like i did when was young.
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