My valve shim saga that turned into a paper mess

John Soliday johnsoliday at
Mon May 18 16:50:48 PDT 2009

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From: gpzlist-bounces at [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at] On
Behalf Of dominatr37
Sent: Monday, May 18, 2009 5:18 PM
To: Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion
Subject: My valve shim saga that turned into a paper mess

So I took the bike apart today, with the help of my buddy Jerry. We pulled 
the tank and the lowers,unhooked the radiator and oil cooler and hung them 
there. Dropped the oil pan and BAM! There it was. Lots of shredded paper 
towel. Had a heck of a time trying to figure out where this black formed 
rubber hose went that fell out when I removed the oil pan. Cleaned out 
everything, but to get the oil pan off I had to remove the oil hose that 
goes up to the top of the cylinder head. I decided to remove it at the head 
because it was easier to reach then down below. Big mistake. Whoever had the

bike before or maybe directly from the factory had put that thing on and 
cross threaded it. It was all stripped out. I tried everything including 
Teflon tape to get it to seat and it would not. Nothing worked. So I had to 
make another hundred dollar order to Ron Ayers for a new hose and a new 
fitting that sits on the right top side of the engine. That done I stood 
there holding the hose in place and started it, the bike started and the oil

light went out right away. As soon as I saw that I shut it down because the 
oil line was leaking, but everything seemed fine. No noises and the oil 
light was out so I was happy.Now when the new parts get here it should be 
all good. Hopefully it'll be before my trip or I'll be taking the YZF.

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