The Honda manual gives very clear and concise instructions on how to adjust valve clearances. Just take your time, especially if its your first attempt. The biggest problem I had the first time was figuring out how to maneuver the head and valve covers for removal after unbolting because of limited space.Damn it...something else I have to learn to do. I got 21K on my Shadow 750. I will be Googling this procedure. ;-)
UPDATE: I forgot...my Honda service manual should be here any day now!!! Woo Hooo!
I just needed to clarify that you don't need torx drivers for this job. What I use is 3/8" drive "allen head" sockets, metric sockets, and "L" shaped allen wrenches. I've been doing a lot of maintenance at work lately using torx drivers, and for some reason I have em on the brain.Also, it really helps to have a set of torx drivers (I use a set that can be used with a 3/8'' drive ratchet, metric sockets, and a set of "L" shaped allen wrenches.
The only noticeable indicators may be the sound of a valve or valves "ticking" because of too much clearance. However, you may not notice anything if the clearances are too tight. That being said, if the valves are too tight, that can lead to them burning, which would obviously point to much more costly repairs down the road.I have 20,000 on my spirit and haven't done it yet. Besides mileage, what are the indicators that it needs to be done?
I work at a honda dealer, with the newer stuff the exhuast valves are always getting tight, valve seats.I had a VW bug a couple of years ago, it required valve adjustments every 3000 miles or so, got pretty good at it too. Typically the clearances get tighter, which is caused by the valves sinking into the seats or the stem stretching. If the clearances increase then your cam, rockers or valve tips are wearing. One thing I noticed on my bug was the hotter it got, the tighter the clearances got. In the winter, they didn't move but during the summer I would loose all my clearance in 3000 miles, and these were always exhaust valves - intakes never moved in over 70,000 miles.