My valve shim saga that turned into a paper mess

Stephen Hampson shampson at
Tue May 19 02:06:48 PDT 2009

Glad its seems to OK. 
I too had had the problem with the Cylinder head oil feed, when I took it
apart it stripped the threads. 
I think it maybe that at the factory its done up pretty tight and there's
some reaction between the dissimilar metals, aluminium and steel which binds
them thus resulting in the thread stripping rather than undoing. I had to
replace the aluminium casting and the oil pipe, luckily there was cheap set
ebay at the time.


-----Original Message-----
From: gpzlist-bounces at [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at] On
Behalf Of dominatr37
Sent: 19 May 2009 00:18
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.

Ralph L. Angelo Jr.
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