My valve shim saga that turned into a paper mess

Dave Daniels dwaynedaniels at
Mon May 18 20:34:50 PDT 2009

Good to hear. I hope you figured out where that black hose goes. I had the same thing happen to me, but it wasn't difficult to figure out.

--- On Mon, 5/18/09, dominatr37 <dominatr37 at> wrote:

From: dominatr37 <dominatr37 at>
Subject: My valve shim saga that turned into a paper mess
To: "Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion" <gpzlist at>
Date: Monday, May 18, 2009, 7:18 PM

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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