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I hope ducati fix the service intervals. one of the reasons for buying a street triple instead of the 796 was the service intervals. At 7500 miles valve adjusment for the 796 is too expensive to maintain. I put 9000 miles in just one year to my triple, i asked the price for the valve adjustment on the 796 is almost $1000 no way!!!! 15k service intervals on the 821 is more like it. I hope they fix this with the scrambler.
 

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I was told it was 5 to 6 hours to do for the first service so depending on the dealers price per hour it might be pretty close to that. Perhaps if you don't like that figure you might be able to get them to come down a few hundred on it when you purchase it.
 

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yes its a pain in the arse I can put 10k miles easily in a year and thats taking it easy.

Been to the dealer and got the same mumbo jumbo cost of roughly $1000. I would tackle it but its such a pain in the ass in the middle of the season to take everything apart. Rather do it on the off season.
 

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yes its a pain in the arse I can put 10k miles easily in a year and thats taking it easy.

Been to the dealer and got the same mumbo jumbo cost of roughly $1000. I would tackle it but its such a pain in the ass in the middle of the season to take everything apart. Rather do it on the off season.
Genuinely curious, what's the hard part?
 

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This I worry about, we have no official Ducati stores here. Even when they do go live they will be few and far between... Can anyone provide a DIY guide?
 

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$1000 every 7 to 7500 miles? Considering I use to do just over 20,000 miles per year on a bike (daily commuter) that is going to cost me nearly $3000 a year to keep it running proper? Ouch!

Doing your own valve clearance adjustments is not that difficult. All you need is some time and dedication. Get the workshop manual and you're good to go. Especially an air cooled engine...it should not be that difficult. Why spend so much money to have your bike serviced by a dealer when you can do the break-in service, and regular services, yourself? Valve clearance, oil and filter change, other fluid occasionally, and inspections on various little things and that's it. I'm amazed how often people are scared to touch their own bikes or attempt to do minor services that they think they can't do, or don't want to 'risk' doing. You think your dealer's mechanic is going to be as picky as you and make sure everything is just right? - No way, they overlook things all the time. So save the $3000 a year for other things.
 

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If you beat the piss out of your bike, you'll most likely need a valve adjustment at 7500 miles. If you ride it normally (not bouncing off the rev limiter), you most likely won't even need a valve adjustment at 15,000 miles. (This info is based on 796 owners' experience.)

If you do want to do the valve adjustment for peace of mind, you can always go to an independent Ducati shop that'll be prob. about half of what Ducati dealers charge.

Keep in mind that anytime you do your own work and/or have work performed at an independent shop, it's critical you keep your receipts to prove to a prospective buyer (if/when you ever sell your bike) that all maintenance was done. Also, in the event that you do have a warranty claim, you'll also want to prove that all services were performed on time. The air cooled 796 motor the Scrambler's engine is based on is reliable and bulletproof, though.

Though it's a completely different motor, I'll add that my 1199s valves were in spec up to 30,000 miles. And I didn't baby the motor by any means.
 

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hi all , when I asked about this at my Ducati shop they said that the desmo valve adjustments are now millage related and only have to be done when the millage has been covered , 15000 miles , if you do 15000 miles in 7 years then that is when they require doing , also there is a service plan that can be purchased , in the UK it costs 300 pounds but is worth 500 pounds , hope this helps with this matter , cheers .
 

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frankd123 & AntiHero - You are both absolutely right. Time I grow some nuts and get my hands dirty! That being said, I'd feel a whole lot happier about it if I could learn directly from someone who knew what they were doing the first time (and maybe second) out. So feel fee to volunteer your time an Ill provide you with all the food and beer (the latter after the job is done :p) you can eat and drink!
 

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...also there is a service plan that can be purchased , in the UK it costs 300 pounds but is worth 500 pounds , hope this helps with this matter , cheers .
300 to 500lbs for a service manual?

What? Most forums can get you the service manual for free, or else it should be $10-$30 depending on which one you buy.
 

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hi all , when I asked about this at my Ducati shop they said that the desmo valve adjustments are now millage related and only have to be done when the millage has been covered , 15000 miles , if you do 15000 miles in 7 years then that is when they require doing , also there is a service plan that can be purchased , in the UK it costs 300 pounds but is worth 500 pounds , hope this helps with this matter , cheers .

They also briefly mentioned the plan to me too. Does it cover 2 or 3 services?


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300 to 500lbs for a service manual?

What? Most forums can get you the service manual for free, or else it should be $10-$30 depending on which one you buy.

I think you might have the wrong end of the stick Frank, it's for a service plan not a service manual.


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Its the shims that are the problem ,the part that actually gets worn , you remove and measure the them one by one with a micrometer, and replace the worn ones with the correct thickness, if you have the right one to hand, that is. This is done when the engine is stone cold,( I had to wait 4 hrs for it to cool down) that's they told me when my 02 monster went in for it first (free) service .I want to get the workshop manuel last one was about £60 ,well worth it
 

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Its the shims that are the problem ,the part that actually gets worn , you remove and measure the them one by one with a micrometer, and replace the worn ones with the correct thickness, if you have the right one to hand, that is. This is done when the engine is stone cold,( I had to wait 4 hrs for it to cool down) that's they told me when my 02 monster went in for it first (free) service .I want to get the workshop manuel last one was about £60 ,well worth it
The shims don't wear it the valve seats that do. As the bike is run the face on the valves will wear slightly as the do the seats in the head. The result is that the opener clearances get smaller and the closer clearances get bigger. So the shims need changed to bring the clearances back into spec. I done them many times on a load of Ducati engines both 2V and 4V.
 

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Setting Valves

I intend to remove the valve opening and closing shims at my 600 mile service that I will do in the comfort of my garage with its well stocked refrigerator. I want to measure them so I will know what shims I might want to buy for my next service that I do. Since my dealer is about 150 miles, round trip, away I would rather have a selection on hand. Obviously at 7,500 miles if you measure the gaps you may not need to replace anything, or just one shim. I won't be running the crap out of my bike bouncing off the rev limiter so actual shim replacement may well be extended for me.

Stu
 
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