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Keep Keepers (Collets)?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by YL82, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. YL82

    YL82 Perpetual Restorationist

    Jeepers Creepers, my Peepers tell me that my Keepers are Keepers.

    Any reason to replace my valve collets?

    I am keeping stock exhaust valves and swapping stock intake valves with new OEM.

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  2. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    I've always re-used them. I suppose if I ever ran across one that was damaged, I would replace it. Now, tip #287 (or whatever, lol) which does relate to the keepers somewhat - after re-assembling the valves into the head, give the top of each assembly (spring, retaining washer, collets) a couple good whacks with a big rubber mallet. This bounces the valve open and closed and seats or sets the collets in case they weren't in quite right. Or one may pop out if it wasn't in right. You do this now and find the error so it doesn't possibly happen once you're running down the road.
  3. retiredgentleman

    retiredgentleman XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    I'd say they are not a wear item, so should be good to re-use them.
  4. YL82

    YL82 Perpetual Restorationist


    I'm on the home-stretch with buying parts (piece-meal), so it will be nice to save ~$50 or so on 4 sets of standard ones from MikesXS.

    Thanks for the mallet tip!
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2013
  5. Reuse them and the mallet trick works. If you do replace, find OEM. Don't use Mikes!
  6. YL82

    YL82 Perpetual Restorationist

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