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Flashy's valve clearance adventure

Not really a how to guide, I just want to shove this into one thread. I've got everything ready to do the valve adjustment this weekend, I'm going to repaint the rocker cover too as mine looks rubbish. I'm going for matt blue.
As I haven't got the valve adjustment tool I will be using a 10mm deep ring spanner and a small sharp blade screwdriver, along with my offset feeler gauges. To torque it all I've been thinking of using my torque wrench with a crows foot 10mm, I'll be able to hold the screw in place whilst nipping up. Will that torque up correctly or is it likely to be out?
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I think the final turning force applied to the nut, due to the offset of the crow foot from the centre of the torque wrench will be a little less than the setting selected.

Don't think it will be significant, but what I would do is apply a second tightening (same/correct setting)with a socket on the wrench, then after woulds checking the clearance was correct/had'nt moved, which I don't think it will have.
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Sounds like a good idea I might do a test run with the cam cover nuts
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Just watch out and don't get ANY paint or debris on the inside of the cover as your oil pickup will hate you.

Also torque the cam cover in stages and sequence and to the correct torque as it can bow or distort and not seal properly. Let the gasket do it's job, only a pea of hondabond is sufficent
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Rocker cover coming off today for painting, valve clearance will be done tomorrow. Any tips on prepping the cover, getting the old paint off?
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Nitromors, just follow the instructions on the can
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Cool. I'm in town, I'll source some.
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Cams and chain look like new
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All looks good, what mileage is the car on
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92k now. I had to take my strut brace off, I've even removed the brake stopper. It's tight getting the cam cover off!

Blue now
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I'm going for 0.009 intake and 0.010 exhaust.

Cylinder 1 - in 1 was 0.005! and 2 was 0.011. ex 1 was fine and 2 was 0.012.
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Clearances done. Gasket on.
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Think I may have threaded the front right bolt on the cam cover. Will see if I get any issues. The hondabond was a nightmare, I squeezed the tube and the bottom split . Anyway, here it is.
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The inlet valves are easy to do with a very small spanner and flat blade driver. I think the exhaust valves would be easier with the adjustment tool. My aching back
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Experience any difference when driving?
Ps. Cracking job with that valve cover!
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Ta. Haven't started it yet, just making sure the hondabond is cured.
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Off out for a test drive
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Everything seems fine, the car runs smoother and vtec is good.

BTW the crow's foot was a waste of time, too big. The easy way was to nip up with spanner whilst holding the screw with the driver, then using torque wrench to finish. The screws didn't really move when I torqued the nuts up.
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Would be squeaky bum time hehe. Well done sir. Top notch
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Indeed, cheers. I had to loosen the clutch / Brake reservoir bracket, the throttle cable and bracket on the airbox side. Quite tight getting the cam cover off and on.
Another tip, I put the car in 4th gear and jacked up the drivers side until wheel off the ground. I turned the wheel to get the cam gears lined up for each cylinder. Quite stiff to turn but doable.
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