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Ghostgs1
04-01-2008, 05:25 PM
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The club is an exchange system, send in a shim get one back. Only ask for a small donation (which helps cover the costs of mailing materials and abrasives and equipment maintenance) to join, members pay for all postage and are responsible for shims they ship. We can sell a few shims to members that want a few spares on hand. Please send any questions to me in a pm.

Many of the shims that we received have been polished down to more usable sizes and come out with a near mirror finish. I think everyone who is a part of it has been happy with the results.

If you have already contributed to the shim pool, either in shims or cash donation, you are a lifetime member. (probably my lifetime)

If you have received shims from the pool and have not yet returned them, please do so, other members may need what you have removed and are obligated to return.

Please remember that shims that are not received by the shim club, are your responsibility and you are expected to replace them.

We also have a bunch of shim buckets that are free for members, just pay the postage.

We have a K&L shim storage box available, box by itself or with shims you want. Let me know what you need and we'll get it set up for you.

If you need to send shims to the club pool, the address is:

GS Shim Club c/o
Ray Luthye
1886 Meadow Vale Road
Longmont, Colorado 80504



CURRENT INVENTORY

<2.00=08 2.00=02 2.00X=02 2.05=00 = 012
2.10=00 2.10X=00 2.15=13 2.15X=00 = 013
2.20=17 2.20X=03 2.25=14 2.25X=03 = 037
2.30=38 2.30X=07 2.35=39 2.35X=15 = 089
2.40=44 2.40X=33 2.45=18 2.45X=00 = 102
2.50=00 2.50X=22 2.55=52 2.55X=23 = 101
2.60=51 2.60X=32 2.65=63 2.65X=26 = 172
2.70=117 2.70X=30 2.75=60 2.75X=14 = 221
2.80=18 2.80X=09 2.85=12 2.85X=05 = 044
2.90=11 2.90X=00 2.95=07 2.95X=00 = 018
3.00=10 3.00X=00 3.05=02 3.05X=00 = 012
3.10=02 3.10X=00 3.15=00 3.15X=00 = 002

TOTAL =821


Current members 264




HALL OF SHAME: Roscoe g coltrane, jumpinbanditrider, ny_redneck04, amontyg, the duke, chrisP, Morrison

SUPER GOOD SHIM CLUB MEMBERS: Dpep, Juicydangershow, Chicagorob, 80GS750, HarryPorosky, bmac, SqDancerLynn1, Nessism, portdave, ALB80-850, wkmpt, AG GL, Surfpilot, ponderosa, scrapper, brads450lz, tas850g, weraracer, Narrator, MrMidas, lcoleman, ardbeglily, bartbeeman, slaveforthewave, Riding Again, MAC10, rwcfrank, ekabil, rockgs1000, Tenorman12, tricyasafox, jsdellinger, sugi, lemonshindig, rustysparksalot, billyhoyle, Govee, callmeahab, bobgroger, mvalenti, Rabel90, gustovh

ptomkrvr
07-24-2010, 08:04 PM
Hello there, I am a first time shim guy, and don't understand anything, maybe you can help. I ask for your patience. I turned the motor on my '83 1100 gs gl 8 valve over several times on two valves without the shim before I figured out it was a bad thing. I do not know if I have done damage, but to have some extra buckets sounds like a good thing. All the valves have about .001 to "pressure". I say this because my thinnest gage (.002) would not fit under any of them, although most turned easily, some did not. The two shims I looked at were 2.70, and 2.75, both starting with that assumed .001 deal. I put the 2.70 where the 2.75 was, and came up with .004, which seemed to make sence. The bike has 16 K on it, and from the rust on the bolts, and the hard gasket, and clean bolt heads I asume this is the first shim adjustment, but I do not know. I guess I need from 2.55 to 2.70 but again, have no clue. I am further frustrated by the bad manuals, and half done help guides that I have enlisted. I think I located the correst Suzuki shop manual, ordered it, and am earer to get it. The turning of the cam without the shims was something I did out of ignorance because I was not warned by the stuff I looked at. Again, frustrating. I do not understand how to become a member without sending you shims, and I don't understand how to order the shims you list. I would send back my original shims. I try to be honest, and forthright. I am new to computers, and don't care for them much. I am an old blue collar cave man type, but not macho, my communication skills... hell, I have not typed in 40 years, make me appear more dense than I already am. I hope I am not asking too much, but I am looking for your help in this matter, to get off the ground. I sent you a message some days ago commending you on your efforts. My email is suzydanb@comcast.net yours, Dan Bailey

Ghostgs1
04-14-2011, 11:36 AM
Hi Folks, Please remember to send me a pm if you are sending shims to the pool. It helps me to know whose shims are being received and what you may need. Thanks, Ray

bottobot
05-02-2012, 09:49 AM
Wow what a great service.

rem3160
05-17-2013, 12:29 AM
I was wondering how the shim club works can we get shims from here to do a reshim then send whats left back plus the old shims we remove. I'm just trying to find out because I have to do a shim job on my 1981 gs 550 L and wanted to know. Thanks

chuck hahn
05-21-2013, 06:14 PM
Do your measurements and double check it all. Record what you need for each cylinder..for example..INTAKE1 needs a 2.72..and so on.

Send Ray a PM and discuss from there is what I did.

He sent me what I needed and I sent him back the non useable ones and some other extras I had doubles and triples of.

ruler7171
03-09-2014, 09:25 AM
Awesome resource!! Got my shims from Ray yesterday and I am back in spec:D

ruler7171
03-18-2014, 07:31 PM
Got my shims from Ray and the Shim Club extremely fast and I am now in spec! This is an awesome resource.

tirebiter
08-30-2014, 10:27 AM
Just wondering which side of the shim you are polishing down to achieve a different thickness.

Ghostgs1
10-25-2014, 08:29 AM
Generally, they get the rougher side polished. If there is no difference in finish then I polish the side that has thickness marked, though many have no markings. From a functional standpoint both sides are identical.

Randomize
02-27-2015, 03:41 PM
Just fyi for those looking to order shims, Ray (Ghost) is having trouble logging into his gsresources account so please use the e-mail address in his profile rather than PM.

Ghostgs1
04-07-2015, 11:03 AM
Seems like things are working fine again, so when you need shims you can use the pm thing to contact me. Thanks, Ray

RGM
05-09-2015, 11:42 PM
Thanks for the awesome service!

greg2015
02-24-2016, 11:39 AM
Hi Ray,

Just wondering if you're still offering your services for the shim exchange? What an awesome idea, thanks to contacting a member here "Steve". Thanks Steve!

Ghostgs1
02-29-2016, 07:21 PM
[QUOTE=greg2015;2268829]Hi Ray,

Just wondering if you're still offering your services for the shim exchange? What an awesome idea, thanks to contacting a member here "Steve". Thanks Steve![/QUOTE

Hi Steve, Yes, crazy as it is, I am still doing this. Send me a pm if you have any questions. Ray

BigVic54
04-08-2016, 11:38 AM
I want to say thank you to Ray for his assistance with my shims. he was helpful, fast and provided everything I needed. I highly suggest you contact him for shims. And, if you work with him, send him a contribution. He is worth it and is saving you money.

T3nrec
07-04-2016, 02:52 PM
I don't have any shims yet. planning a valve adjustment in the next few weeks. Should I order new ones? or should I "order" what i need from here, and send in my old ones? New to the community and not sure how everything works yet :D Thanks for your patience and reply!

johninleavenworth
02-09-2017, 10:17 PM
I just used Ray this week for Shims. He is the Man, The Myth, The Legend.
Thank you very much.

gordinho80
03-01-2017, 06:08 PM
PM Sent... Thanks!

Burque73
03-22-2017, 10:53 PM
Thank you Ray! That was a much appreciated, very fast exchange of shims.

If only my new gasket got here that quickly!

toaster120
04-08-2017, 10:13 AM
Hello everyone! I am new to the site and new with my 82 GS 1100. My intake shims range from 2.65 to 2.74, I have .025" clearance for them, way off. I have 2.46 to 2.62 shim for the exhaust valves. Which is not allowing my smallest gauge (.006") to not slide beneath. Does anyone want to trade shims?

stevebkillen
06-17-2017, 08:44 PM
Hey guys. I have 78 GS750. My shims are super tight after my engine rebuild. 2 out of eight are good, however I will be needing a couple 2.45s or smaller. Do you know if they come smaller than this? My smallest feeler gauge has 0 clearance even at 2.5. Any help is appreciated. i have plenty of 2.5-2.75 sizes.
Thanks

steve murdoch
06-17-2017, 09:16 PM
Have a look at the first couple entries of this thread for some of the sizes available.
Many smaller than 2.45.

newfyby
06-29-2017, 11:14 PM
Do yu ship to The great north. Canada.

BurtyMcSquirt
10-31-2017, 10:26 PM
What's the process for the shim swap? I need 4 (2.60) and 1(2.70). I have 5 shims ready to exchange. Cool service by the way. Thanks.

Nessism
10-31-2017, 10:33 PM
What's the process for the shim swap? I need 4 (2.60) and 1(2.70). I have 5 shims ready to exchange. Cool service by the way. Thanks.

Instructions in first post.

jdion81
01-12-2018, 04:10 PM
Ok, I'm a newb, what do the sizes with x at the end mean?

bobgroger
01-12-2018, 09:51 PM
X shims are in between. I don't remember if they are loose or tight though...

Steve
01-12-2018, 10:39 PM
Ok, I'm a newb, what do the sizes with x at the end mean?

If your size is 2.65x, the shim will likely measure right around 2.675 mm, which is half-way between 2.65 and 2.70.

Because the normal increment in shim size will take you from one extreme of the range to the other, you can use the "X" shims to take you just half-way through the range.

Did you notice the instructions in the spreadsheet how to enter the "X" values? Just for consistency, since the spreadsheet rounds to just two decimal places, add 0.02 to the number and enter a 2.60x as 2.62, and a 2.65x as 2.67. Doing it that way, as you look through your shim sizes, you will only see 0, 2, 5 and 7 at the end of your shim sizes, making it easy to tell whether they are 'full' shims or "X" shims.

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chuck hahn
01-13-2018, 09:35 AM
I never put blind "trust" in any of them. I use digital dial calipers and recheck several times after rezeroing the calipers. That way I am dead certain of exactly how thick they are before installation.

Steve
01-13-2018, 11:09 AM
I check them as well, but don't worry too much about that "last-digit accuracy". :-k

There is a reason that there is a relatively wide range for the clearance, that last digit doesn't really matter.
As long as you are in the range. :encouragement:

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exdirtbiker
01-16-2018, 08:13 PM
Ok, I'm a newb, what do the sizes with x at the end mean?

I think of it as "x" is "extra"... just a little thicker than what it says

rippledub@gmail.com
01-17-2018, 02:52 PM
Hi, I am currently a "Hall of Shame" member of the shim club. The thing is, though I only used it once, I really appreciate this service, and would like to clear my name.

I used it when I was rebuilding my top end years ago, and then ended up moving to another city. In the process of the move, I unfortunately neglected to return the borrowed shims. I apologize profusely. At this point I have an assortment of shims which include many I have bought since this time. I do not know which of them, nor how many of them I had originally borrowed.

Is it possible I can send a check to cover the shims which I did not return, and is there any record of how many shims I originally recieved? If so, how much could I send per shim to cover the cost of them?

I would like to apologize again, I do appreciate this service, and the hard work it must take to maintain the service. I never intended to take advantage of it!

Sincerely, Rippledub

steve murdoch
01-17-2018, 10:00 PM
I would contact Ray.
Good for you for following up.

rippledub@gmail.com
01-18-2018, 12:15 AM
Thanks Steve, but, uh . . . please excuse my forum inexperience, but, who is Ray, and how do I contact him?

Steve
01-18-2018, 12:34 AM
Go to post #1 in this thread and take a GOOD look. :-\\\

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jdion81
01-23-2018, 04:00 PM
PM Sent. Thank you Ray.

PardonMe4687
05-03-2018, 02:04 PM
Big thanks to Ray and Steve (along with everyone on this thread who have contributed valuable information) for the help in getting my valve adjustment journey started. My '81 GS850 is the first motorcycle I've ever owned, so I am learning all of these things as I go. This forum, and all of its contributing members are much appreciated!

jsandidge
06-14-2018, 06:51 PM
Hi Ray,

Tried to PM you, but your message box is full.

Drew

Gthing
08-06-2018, 08:10 PM
Pm has been sent!

suzukizone
02-22-2019, 08:02 PM
Hey Ray, working on my '81 GS850G and need 2 shims, both 2.60mm.

I have some I am willing to contribute to the supply as at this point in life I cannot imagine I will be doing this ever again. I have actually mic'd these up as a few have no numbers and some are a few hundredths or so off. I will get them in baggies with the measurements for each.

ONE EACH OF: 2.36, 2.50, 2.53, 2.54, 2.65
THREE EACH OF 2.46, 2.65

Just to be safe, If you have a mic, I'd recheck as I just got this tool and never used one before but compared readings from several feeler gauges and was usually within .01mm from what the feeler was marked.

I've never used this service before so to be sure, I will send these to you at:
GS Shim Club c/o
Ray Luthye
1886 Meadow Vale Road
Longmont, Colorado 80504

Hoping you have two of the 2.60 size, please let me know and I'll give you my address.

I'll try to get the aboves out by Monday's pony express.

Thank you,

Douglas Howard



My supply is :

steve murdoch
02-22-2019, 09:28 PM
Douglas, i would also send Ray a p.m. to let him know your needs.

suzukizone
02-23-2019, 11:26 AM
Douglas, i would also send Ray a p.m. to let him know your needs.

Yeah, figured that out after I posted this. Have now done that, thanks.

DH

081DBX64
05-21-2019, 12:21 PM
is the shim club stil up and running?

Steve
05-21-2019, 12:40 PM
As far as I know, it is, but send a message to the guy that runs it for details.

Go back to post #1, click on the username, then send him a PM.

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The Drew
10-09-2019, 09:46 PM
PM sent! I hope this is still up and running!

free99
10-10-2019, 01:02 AM
Same, sent a PM this morning. Otherwise, I guess I can machine my shims down with a mill at work?

storm 64
10-10-2019, 06:16 AM
Same, sent a PM this morning. Otherwise, I guess I can machine my shims down with a mill at work?

Good luck with that. Them shims are harder than a whores hart. You may be able to surface grind them, but I wouldn't bother doing that. You can't find shims at your local Suzuki shop? What size are you looking for? ...

salty_monk
10-10-2019, 12:34 PM
Ray uses some kind of surface grinder to bring the larger ones down in size... It makes sense that as all our bikes get older we all need thinner ones. :)

free99
10-10-2019, 04:52 PM
Good luck with that. Them shims are harder than a whores hart. You may be able to surface grind them, but I wouldn't bother doing that. You can't find shims at your local Suzuki shop? What size are you looking for? ...

According to Steve's spreadsheet, 2.56, 2.63 & 2.74mm. No response from Ray, so I bit the bullet and ordered OEM for $16/ea; for while I can machine it with a good tungsten carbide end mill and then grind each shim, I don't have the equipment for proper case or through-hardening. So, there goes $50.

Steve
10-10-2019, 05:22 PM
"According to [my] spreadsheet", you would never get numbers like that. :-k

If you are using INCH feelers, please enter your values in the INCH rows, do not use the metric APPROXIMATIONS that are also printed on the feelers.

If you are using METRIC feelers, enter those values in the METRIC rows. Either way, you will never get numbers for shims that don't exist.


And, ... you don't need to spend that much money for shims if you are going to buy them. Z1 Enterprises (https://www.z1enterprises.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=29.5) carries shims for about $5 each.

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