This DIY Tech Tip from Lowbrow Customs shows you how to use a valve spring compressor to remove valves from your Triumph motorcycle head. This is a task that seems to be commonly feared despite being very simple to do.
This is useful when preparing your head to be reworked, or even if you just want to remove the valves so you can have the head bead blasted or to lap the valves and reinstall them, or for doing a full Triumph engine top end rebuild.
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Hi, this is Todd from Lowbrow Customs. Today, we're going to show you how to remove your valves from your cylinder head. What we have here is a Harley-Davidson valve spring compressor. There are other valve spring compressors available on the market that are specifically designed for Triumph. This will work.
I have a little adapter here, I put in here. That's what compresses the spring. This part goes onto the underside of the valve. Just take your cylinder head, make sure your thing is cranked out enough. Position the head so that the bottom pushing part of it is contacting the valve, take up some of the tension, the slack. I always like to look underneath to make sure I'm centered on the valve and you just want to crank down the spring, just enough so that you can remove the keepers.
Now, we have this spring compressed. You don't have to go too far, just enough to get the keepers out. There's the keepers, release the tension, finger on the valve, top collar spring. There you have it, all four valves removed from the cylinder head. Very simple operation.
Anybody could do this at home with their very inexpensive tool, if you're just hand lapping your valves or you just want to take them out to feed blast your cylinder head, if it was an aluminum head, to make it look cleaner before you reassemble, checking your valve seats. There you have it.
To understand your classic Triumph parts better, you can take our other how to guide below as reference: