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Post Diy mts 1200 valve check & adjustment

I recently did the 15K service myself and wanted to share what I have learned for others to see what's involved and maybe inspire other do it yourselfer's out there.

I'm not a Ducati mechanic just a motorcycle enthusiast who likes the satisfaction of working on my own bikes and saving money

My resources for this project were the official Ducati workshop manuel, Ducati Desmoquattro Maintenance & Modification Guide and CA Cycle Works.

Below is the PhotoBucket link to how I successfully checked & adjusted my valves.
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Ducati Multistrada 1200 Valve Check and Adjustment :: IMG_0714.jpg picture by cessnatpa - Photobucket
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sadly a skill that i dont have ..... but your post is inspiring

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Great info thanks for sharing
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I'm not a Ducati mechanic
You are now!

Great Post, just what I was waiting for someone to do. It would have taken me longer to make that post than to do the job...EXCELLENT WORK bro, thank you for the time you took. What belt tension setting method did you use?
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A bit out of my league but thanks for posting this, at least I know where the $ goes when it's time for the svc.

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Great stuff indeed. As others have said: if nothing else it helps me understand why the major services aren't cheap.

Hey, your topbox looks a lot like my old VFR topbox - could it be?

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Bigger cahunas than me Mate, good one you for having a crack. Great shots by the way and serves to confirm why I go to a dealer. As Clint says "A man's got to know his limitations"
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Yeah nice work, made it look easy and inspires me to have a go in about 3k.

At a guess I'd say about 6 to 10 hours depending on skill, and requires the following:

Full set of Allen keys and sockets 1/2" drive
General stuff like screwdrivers, pliers, hammers, feeler strips etc
Doesn't look like any special tools req'd (pullers, jigs, etc)
Oil change gear

Timing belts
Shims (they look like Ducati parts not just caps that house shims)
Gasket kit for both heads and anything else that had a sealed flange
Thread locker, probably red, as there were no lock tabs or other retainers
Oil filter and new oil

A copy of those photos
Multiple viewings of the youtube demo
Pages from the workshop manual with torque settings etc
Six pack of beer for when it's finished

One question: your adjustment was only a couple of thou, did you notice a difference as a result??

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Nice pics ...
Well I gotta know..Now don't lie...
How many extra parts did you end up with???
You know little plastic washers the small screws for the fairings/plastics etc...

Drives me crazy to have even one non essential part lying around afterwards...
What level of skill do you think is minimum to have?
Are the instructions given accurate?
I hate it when they say stuff like engine removed for ease of showing...
Or step one remove engine...
What I'm getting at is do you feel confident with the instructions given that all is Perfect?

Good stuff.
Thanks for posting and sharing...

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