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    Question Realized 2012 R1200RT Camhead Valve Adjustment Intervals

    Those of you with a camhead, I am interested in knowing what you have experienced regarding when the valves on your bike required adjustment.

    I have read a few posts where after the 6k check/adjust it wasn't needed at the 12k.

    Now that the bikes have been around awhile and some have racked up a good bit of miles I am curious what your experience has been.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Please read: http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread.php?t=46055. I'd add that info to the thread title, but it's nowhere to be found.

    The valve adjustment intervals are different depending on the year of the bike (and actually model since some didn't get the new engine for a year..)

    Without that info, I'll guess you have the earlier hexhead engine. I usually adjust my valves every 6,000 miles, but it often is just checking - no adjustment needed. Last time I let it go 9,000 miles as an experiment, and found they really didn't need adjusting yet when I did check them (although in my quest for perfection I did tweek them a tiny bit.. all were within spec, but they weren't all exactly the same..)

    I would hazard a guess, once the engine has gone through two valve adjustments, it would probably (hedge word..) be safe to go 12k between adjustments, but since it's so simple to check the clearances, if at all concerned, stick to the 6k interval.
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    I have a 2010 RT with 45,000kms and the valves are still within spec. I check them regulalry becuase it easy, but so far no adjustment required.
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    2012 R1200RT Valve Adjustment Intervals

    deilenberger,

    My oversight as I thought the "camheads" were from 2010 forward and had the same service intervals/requirements.

    Although I had not placed this information in the subject of this thread it is clearly stated in my public profile. At any rate, if can edit replacing the "camhead" with the year/model I would appreciate it.

    I will look into the signature thing as well.

    Thank you.

    Scot

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    Quote Originally Posted by 105258 View Post
    I have a 2010 RT with 45,000kms and the valves are still within spec. I check them regulalry becuase it easy, but so far no adjustment required.
    Wow, that is impressive and certainly good to hear. Thanks.

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    I replaced 3 shims at 6k on my '11 RT. All was well at 6k on my '12 GS/A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liv2Ride View Post
    deilenberger,

    My oversight as I thought the "camheads" were from 2010 forward and had the same service intervals/requirements.

    Although I had not placed this information in the subject of this thread it is clearly stated in my public profile. At any rate, if can edit replacing the "camhead" with the year/model I would appreciate it.

    I will look into the signature thing as well.

    Thank you.

    Scot
    Scot,

    Right you are with the camhead designation (my bad..) I added the bike info to the thread title (and left Camhead in..) FWIW - some models such as the R1200R didn't get the new engine until 2011.
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    Just had the valves checked at 27,500 miles on my 2010 RT and they were ok. They were last adjusted at the 12k service. I'm happy with that.

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    Cool Realized 2012 Camhead Valve adjustment Intervals

    My 2010 RT had two valves at spec limit in the first 20k. I reshimmed them to midrange because I'm anal. Now at 78k with no more valve adjustments needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    Scot,

    Right you are with the camhead designation (my bad..) I added the bike info to the thread title (and left Camhead in..) FWIW - some models such as the R1200R didn't get the new engine until 2011.
    Good point on the R1200R. I didn't realize that although the bike has the same drive train the camhead engine didn't arrive at the same time.

    I guess that is similar to the first (rumored) WC boxer being in the '13 GS and not likely to be available in RT trim until the following year.

    Thank you for looking out.

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    Looking good

    05Train,

    Okay. How out of spec were the valves requiring new shims on the RT? I gather the valves on the GSA were closer to middle of the range otherwise...

    tsperez,

    At 12K how many were out of spec or otherwise were adjusted?

    7536,

    Are you saying an adjustment wasn't required until 20k and at that only two valves needed new shims? Was this the last adjustment or were there others between 20K and where you're at now?

    It is quite clear that the 6k check is strictly precautionary, better safe than sorry. I suspect the frequency of the numerous checks lend to the longevity of these engines.

    Thanks to all for sharing their experience.

    Aloha.

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    I'm at work and don't have my maintenance sheets with me, but all eight valves were on the tight side, the three that were out of spec weren't out that much, but they were out. I shuffled other shims around to try to get everything as close to mid-spec as I could.

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    I just did the 12000 mile after a long hot hard and fast return trip from the RA rally on my RT and all were still within specs. No changes from new so far.

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    I do my own checks and record on log page..the trend for my '11 has been tight spec to loosening..should be pretty right on with 12000 miles coming up. Probably check TB sync this winter for first time

    I believe there are premature changing of bucket shims at first checks..not quite into its time yet..spec is spec.
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    Realized 2010 Camhead Valve Adjust Intervals

    At 20k, they were'nt really out of spec. They were "at the limits" but technicaly in spec. I re-shimmed them to mid range. No other adjustments have been needed and still aren't, at 78k.

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