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I recently bought a Ducati 998 with 2000 miles. Fortunately, I have not had to service or repair it yet, but when I do I plan on using a local mechanic that has been servicing my bikes for 2 years. He is not a Ducati certified mechanic, but he said that he can fix anything on the bike and has been for years. I trust the guy's word and he has never done me wrong before, plus he works for dirt cheap. Can I trust him to work on my bike or should I get gouged at my local Ducati dealer.

I was thinking about letting him do some minor stuff on the bike before I let him rip into the valves.

Does anyone have any advice or horor stories that I might want to look out for.
 

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Nice bike, congratulations.

I think it's really important to have a mechanic who's work you respect and who you can trust to do the work or at least come clean if he cannot.
There are a few specialist things when working on the Desmo engines... What I would do is discuss the potential issues with him and judge whether he has enough specific knowledge to attemt the work.
Ask him what tolerances he'd be using for the valves, where he will be borrowing the matheisis tester from, what he'll do if he finds a flaking rocker, stuff that is specific to these handbuilt performance bikes.... this and background on flywheel nuts, clutch slave seals etc are what you want your mechanic to be knowledgable about. If he's well read on this stuff, I'd say let him at it... if not, cough up for a Ducati mech or do it yourself.
 

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yep, I know what you mean

I agree with Bam Bam.. There are many specialuist tools required for Ducati service and maintenance. By all means get your guy to do simple stuff, but I wouldn't want anyone else but Ducati doing a valve job on mine.
 

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OOps!

One more thing - if the bike is still under warranty, then taking it to any other mechanic will invalidate that
 

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Until the warranty ran out, I had all my work done at the Ducati dealership, the whole warranty thing. Now that my warranty is up, I do MOST of my own work. I am learning how to do the valves this winter. I have a friend who is a mechanic and we bought the shim kit and the other tools to do the valve check/adjustment. Too many knuckleheads in my area to trust with my baby. Only 4 Ducati dealerships in Michigan, two are near me and they both suck!:2cents:
 

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let me ask you docthee,what will you do if you find a flaking rocker?for what rockers and cams cost,and being that ducati will warranty any flaking rocker.isn't it worth it to have the valves done by someone who knows what to look for.i have seen many flaking rockers.and most of the time the mechanic had to show me what was wrong with it after it was out of the motor.you may not ever have a problem.will you know that?ken hindermyer
 

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iccarref1026 said:
let me ask you docthee,what will you do if you find a flaking rocker?for what rockers and cams cost,and being that ducati will warranty any flaking rocker.isn't it worth it to have the valves done by someone who knows what to look for.i have seen many flaking rockers.and most of the time the mechanic had to show me what was wrong with it after it was out of the motor.you may not ever have a problem.will you know that?ken hindermyer
I've never heard of rockers flaking on the two valves... when did this start happening? I do most of my own work too (including valves) and thought I was reasonably current with this stuff, but now I'm concerned. I've seen photos of the flaking rockers on superbikes and they seem pretty clear - I imagine it'd be even more obvious on the SS.. or am I mistaken?
 

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you're absolutly right bam bam.i've never seen a flaking rocker on a two valve either.i did not realize that we were talking about a 900 ss,sorry.but in any case,alot of those bad rockers are tough to spot as i said. especially when they are in the motor!
 

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iccarref1026 said:
you're absolutly right bam bam.i've never seen a flaking rocker on a two valve either.i did not realize that we were talking about a 900 ss,sorry.but in any case,alot of those bad rockers are tough to spot as i said. especially when they are in the motor!
Heard it was a HUGE problem with the 748's.
 
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