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Alright members need help on this one - my dealer told me that after 10 hours I had to come in for "break-in" service - this included chasis lube, valve adjustment, oil change, chain tightening. Since I have only owned the pred for 2 weeks and being COMPLETELY novice rider/owner - I followed their rules - well $200 and 3 days later I just picked it up and there is no way the valve cover, tank, or even the inspection panels even came off! this all evidenced by tell tale dune sand left in the bolts and surrounding areas - am going to go rattle cages - but to you all, am I being taken? Do the valves need adjustment after 10 hours? What should I expect/demand for my break in service?

any advice please!
 

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I have way over 10 hours and have had no problems at all with the valves being out of adjustment. you can do the oil change yourself for approx. $25 depending on what oil you choose and a tube of grease is about $3 and will last you all year. I'd say you've been took.
 

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Thanks rngmster - will have to become adept with maintaining my bike myself it seems - ya know sad thing is this is the local bike shop at my town - I avoided going to a larger "corporate" center because I always try to keep my business local - but I tell ya - the old days of good ol american small business are waaay dead - because of people like this.......pathetic
 

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If you get your hands on a Polaris shop manual for the predator, you will see that there ISNT so much as one word mentioned about a valve adjustment for the Predator. The Pred has DOHC and no rockers. There is no adjustment. Although, the valve shims will need replacing. I suspect a good time to do that is when you have to replace piston rings.
 

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The valve clearence still should be checked, I will do mine anually if I ever get to ride it. With use and wear the valves will sink into the head and you will loose clearence which will reduce performance, burn valves, hard start, no start etc. The shim under bucket style requires cam removal for adjustment with different thickness shims, the shims do not wear, the valve face and seat is where most of the wear will be occurring. It is better to check the clearences and not need adjustment than it is to let it go till it won't run.

Hey Red, did your dealer have a problem getting the ball joints? I'm going on 3 months now waiting on two, not real impressed. If Polaris wants repeat business they best do better with the parts supply. I can see a new Honda in my future....
 

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Thanks Meyerz, how's the 580 holding up???
 

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I would think if this mach only kick started, the valve ajustment would be on my top list.



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meyerz,

Wear did you get the black front plastics and seat cover? That looks pretty cool.
 

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The front is factory TLD black plastic. The seat is a gripper style material. I ordered the material and had my local upolstery shop make one.

The 580 is holding up well and taking holeshots.
 
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