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    I'm getting prepared to do a valve check on my 2007 Tdub. I bought it off of CL and it now has 6,700mi. I've done several upgrades and maintenance items including new: sprockets, o-ring chain, oil plug and filter, rear tube and tire, front tube, spedo cable replacement and gear cleaning, shorai battery, Colman seat cover, cycle rack, front brake fluid replacemet and general lubrication. I hear some tapping in the engine after it has warmed up and suspect the valves have never been adjusted given the questionable maintenance given to the other parts of the bike. This forum has made a world of difference in my being able to fix and get ahead of issues, letting me improve my ride skills and enjoyment rather than sitting around trying to find someone(s) to fix it. I've read the tutorial on valve adjustment and am ready to give it a try. In adjusting the valve clearance, four methods are mentioned: needlenose pliers, Robertson deck screw, 1/8" hole filed square, and a Yamaha valve adjusting tool (P/N YM-08035). I believe it is a 3mm square hole that is needed. Is that correct? Where is a good place to buy either the deck screws or the tool? I can find OEM parts online but not the tool. Thanks for your help.

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    You might find the Yamaha tool on eBay, but I think any tappet tool should work. Motion Pro makes a good one.



    Not sure on the size of the decking screw, but any hardware store should have them. Just buy a bunch with different heads, still shouldn't cost more than a buck or two if you can buy individuals at your particular shop.

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    ProCycle sells a slick little tool in the "engine" section of their TW page. Seems like I'm adjusting the valves on SOMETHING at least once a month around here. Could be $11 well spent:



    http://www.procycle.us/bikepages/tw200.html



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    Procycle also makes a tool for the job. Has anyone bought & used it? Work well?



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    GMTA. Er sumpin'. Bet we were only .2 seconds apart. lol.



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    I made mine out of a wood screw that had a Robertson (square drive) head. It was quick and easy and cheap.

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    Get a wood screw that fits the valve adjusting square, drill a pilot hole into a piece of 3/4 inch dowel that is about 1 inch long, run the screw into the dowel and there is your custom made, personally engineered, specifically designed Yahama TW200 valve adjusting tool.
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    I have one of those tools myself, I like cheap tools that get the job done.
    Only a fool would attempt it, and God help me, I am that fool!

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    Thanks for the leads guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olddude View Post
    Get a wood screw that fits the valve adjusting square,


    It's called a square drive deck screw in my neck of the woods....
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