My X500 with Kawasaki FS730V is coming up on 200 hrs so it is due to have the valve clearance checked. I suspect they are a tad loose as I have a bit of valve ticking once the engine is warmed up. I have a new set of valve cover gaskets on hand.
Does anyone have any words of wisdom? I have the X500 technical manual and a Kawasaki FS730V maintenance manual. Has anyone done it without removing the engine shroud? It seems like a lot of extra work just to get visibility of those silly marks on the flywheel. Has anyone used a wooden dowel or similar to determine piston TDC? I was thinking of just removing the fan guard so I can turn the flywheel by hand.
I still can't believe this Kawasaki engine uses those silly eccentric rocker arm bolts instead of the more tried and true lock-nut and set screw arrangement. It seems to make a somewhat simple job more complicated.
Anyway, would appreciate any shortcuts or words of wisdom that anyone who has done it can offer. I have about 10 hrs to go before I'm going to tear into it.