I was given that tool by the guy I bought the bike from, I just didn't need it. Its shaped kind of like a sickle, goes underneath the cam and pushes down on the lifter.Decades ago, I bought a neat little tool that wedges into place and has a small plunger that compresses the valve spring just enough to pull the shim out with a magnet. It was almost $50 in the early 80s. Lasts a lifetime, though.
Ok, so good news, I got it started for a second today, basically shot some carb cleaner into the cylinders without carbs on and fired it off, sounded pretty good.
Also just got the rear master cylinder disassembled and let me tell you, that was a major pain in the ass. Piston was seized, 120psi from the compressor did nothing, soaked it in PB Blaster for about an hour, compressor still did nothing. Took a large philips head screwdriver and basically went caveman with that and the piston on the workbench, it finally moved, shot it from the other end with air and finally came apart. Soaking all the parts in some parts cleaner, and will have that back together this afternoon.
On a side note, I got a call from the sheriffs office this morning (I'm on call this week as I work for the water/sewer dept), some guy ran over a fire hydrant, and I mean he nailed that thing, launched it a good 50 yards, took out a fence, bent a light pole, and drove a few miles down the road where he nailed another truck. Still have no idea where the operating shaft for the hydrant went, Im assuming its wedged somewhere in his truck. That shaft is basically a 2ft long 1 inch thick solid steel bar. It's been an interesting morning so far.
Hell a few months ago some girl drove off the road, nailed a hydrant, and it flew into the back window of a pickup about 50yards away, she was doing probably 60 when she hit it. Had another about 6 months ago where this girl hit the hydrant, broke it down at the pipe causing a water main break, water creates a hole, car goes in, and she tried saying she didn't hit it, she just happened to be parked there when it happened, yet her blue car had a huge indent in the front and alot of yellow hydrant paint on it.More fortunate than getting personal with a projectile hydrant or steel rod anyway.
Here's what it looked like before the design was sold to Kent Moore to make the special tool for Yamaha.You made me dig for it! But, here it is: A Kent-Moore YM33296. Kent-Moore was a part of Sealed Power, but apparently long defunct. Interestingly, the instructions (line drawings) appear to show a Kawi Z-1 or KZ650. A complex little device, but once it is set in place and the valve spring compressed, both hands are free.
Kent-Moore was bought by Sealed Power, which was bought by Federal Mogul, which was bought by Tenneco. Am guessing the Kent-Moore factory is long gone and likely listed in a blog somewhere as a ghost factory.
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From a brief internet search it would appear that Kent-Moore is still around.Am guessing the Kent-Moore factory is long gone and likely listed in a blog somewhere as a ghost factory.
Interesting. The Kent-Moore design incorporates all movement - both of the clamp and the plunger into a single lever. And, it is fabbed from aluminum rod - considerably cheaper to manufacture. Never had much use for the bolt-on shim tools, as the principle just seemed off. Those cam cover bolts were never intended to be used for that purpose. And, way too fiddly for my taste.Here's what it looked like before the design was sold to Kent Moore to make the special tool for Yamaha.
especially useful in some of the multi-valve models with very limited room to access the shims.
Didn't work so well on Suzuki and Kawa because the cylinder head surface was further away; some guys said they fashioned some kind of filler piece, ?
I also have the bolt-in tool by Motion Pro that copied the original, original Yamaha tool.
Probably sell all my special tools and shims sometime soon.
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