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Duc valve adjustment. - February 26, 2007, 08:27 AM

What's the average price you've paid? Thanks.
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February 26, 2007, 08:43 AM

I had one done at ducpond, and one at colemans, duc pond was substantially cheaper

give donnie a call at ducpond and have a chat with him.

you getting a duc now?


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February 26, 2007, 08:58 AM

Thanks. How much?
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February 26, 2007, 09:40 AM

Most places quote 8-11hrs of labor (for a 4 valve ducati) + parts. Colemans is on the low end of the labor hrs, but the high end of price so expect to pay about $700-$800.

Since donnie became a ducati dealer, I don't know what his labor hrs/rate is, I would check with him, but there isn't a better place to get it done.

http://www.ducpond.com/indexa.html

I also know gus has done ducati valve adjustments, so for someone local who has done it before, I'd get in touch with him (though I forgot his screenname, but someone will know)


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February 26, 2007, 09:52 AM

HOLY SHIT. 8-11 hours for a valve adjust! That's crazy! /Brian Fellow


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February 26, 2007, 11:25 AM

Hold on a second. Unfortunately you can't just ask "how much" because there are a several variables in the equation.

1. Is it a 2 valve or a 4 valve bike
2. Which motor is it?
3. what year is the bike?
4. do you have hotter cams in the bike?

Why does this matter?

Well the 2 valve motors have half the valves and there tolerance are looser since they are air cooled.

Which motor? Well the 998 (and newer) motors having 4 valves is easier to get too do to a change in the head design. like wise the 1000 2 valve motors have different heads. Also the smaller motors like the 620 compared to the 1000 are easier on the valves therefore requiring less adjustment.

Year of the bike? this doesn't matter in actual cost really, but frequency of valve adjustments. Starting in 06 some and in 07 all bikes have increased in recommended adjustment freguency.

Cams - Hotter cams are going to pound the valves more requiring more valves to be adjusted.

Now to tie it in together some, what really costs is when a valve needs to have its shims changed because it is out of adjustment. A simpler motor like the air cooled 2 valve 620 is going to be less likely to need adjustment than a worked motor like Birdmans 4 valve old style head with hot cams in it. (He's basically got the worse case scenerio).

Take the into consideration and a valve adjustment can take from 2 to 12 hours in labor. And labor is what costs you can see how this is a tough question to answer.

BUT after all that I tell people to expect 300 or so on a 2 vavle and 600 or so on a 4 valve.

If you have more specific questions let me know or I'm usually out at Ducpond on Saturdays and I or Donnie or one of the other guys can answer any question.

All of the above is fact, here is my personal opinion. Ducati's being expensive to maintain is TOTAL BULLSHIT. Anyone that says so has either A. never owned a Ducati or B. Never owned a Ducati for more than 2 years. Once you own one for a couple of years you realize that the maintinance is NOT a factor.

Now I know people are going to say I'm full of shit and thats fine. I just know what I know, and all I ask is anybody saying other wise prove me wrong with facts and not rumors or hear say.
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February 26, 2007, 11:46 AM

Thanks for the info. I was thinking about the 2 valve air cooled flavor.

When compared to cages or a good coke habbit Ducs are cheap. At the end of the day, I would think the total cost of owership of a Duc is much greater than say an R1 or RR. Just my .02. Back to my research.
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February 26, 2007, 12:15 PM

Agreed with everything liam said...I was citing mine as a worst case. However, the hot cams do gain you close to 10-15% on hp and trq, and for the weird motor I have, that changes it from awesome to very awesome. I pay for it though, I typically need 7-8 of the shims replaced every 4-4500 miles

ducati has done alot to reduce the maint. cost over the past 5-10 years, and its brought dividends...however, the desmo system, with all of its advantages, must be check and adjusted periodically, while a conventional system (with its associated performance disadvantages) will likely have lower maint. requirements


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