a new owner from brooklyn, ny is checking in. this isn't my first bike but fist sport bike. i always wanted to have one and finally decided to pull the plug last month. bought a used one off ebay, 20,000 miles '06 XZ6R, green.
Albeit low mileage the bike appears to be neglected, rusty drive chain, missing screws all around the fairing. Some screws overtighten with stripped well nuts threads. It was such a PITA getting them out. Right side tank screw missing... seriously?!?!?!?!?!. Missing dowel from camshaft cover.
The bike seems be lowered too, so the second order of business would be bring it to the stock heights.
What's the first order?, well that's where my question begins.
Seeing how neglected the bike was I decided to check valve clearance. Downloaded service manual from the web and was immediately puzzled.
The page 2-26 says #1 piston TDC is when IN mark of intake shaft faces opposite direction of EX mark of exhaust shaft. My problem is that at this position of the shafts noses are still on the valves, i cannot insert any size of feeler through under #1 lobes. But I can on #4 cylinder. So, I wonder what am I doing wrong? Is this possible that in '06 service manual they messed up #1 and#4 TDC positions?
Incidentally (no really), I downloaded 07 service manual. There, on page 2-21 the camshaft positions are drawn opposite to '06 manual, and actually make sense.
Please help and explain this conundrum.