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I saw a mention of Ken Lively's valve adjustment tools on one of the K bike forums... might have been on BMWMOA, might have been on Adventure Bike... well, I got a set 'cause Winter is coming soon.  My comments:

1).  Very quick, courteous service.  E-mail answers from Ken within a day, and the package arrived in Virginia within about three days of my payment.

2).  Tools look solid and well-made.  One page of well-organized, typed instructions comes with.

3).  Cheap cheap cheap compared to comparable OEM BMW stuff.

So, per Ken L's request I am letting everyone here know that he is "still in business" and that word-of-mouth is his only marketing method.

Ken Lively's included business card lists his info as a "Tool & Die Maker, Model Engineer, Black Powder Artillery, Live Steam, Wood Working, Travel, Hobby Photography".  E-mail =  Tel (US) 847-561-8555.  Flicker = POLEPENHOLLOW on

Hope this is useful info.

Hope this is useful,

1995 K75T.  I am the 3d owner.  Bought it in June 2019 with 6,242 miles on the odo.
1991 K100RS 4-valve attached to a 1990 Flexit sidecar. I am at least the 3d owner. Bought with 21,00+ miles on bike's odo.

old (indeterminate age) Ural + sidecar
1997 Buell S3T Thunderbolt
1982 BMW R100CS
1974 Kawasaki KZ400
1970 Suzuki Titan


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I would guess that you aren't a real Brick owner if you don't have his tools.

1994 K75RT
1991 K100RS

1988 K100RS SE
1994 BMW K75S
1992 BMW K100RS
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175


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Ohoh, experiencing massive Brick existential angst now as I made my own.....scheisse

K Bike valve adjustment tools by Ken Lively - ...still being made and available. Logo2111
1985 K100RT  52667
1990 K75RT 6018570 (project)

"Keep your stick on the ice.  We're all in this together."  Red Green


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Meh. JM02 but you can depress the valves with a screwdriver more easily if you're careful and you know what you're doing. I have set of those but still use screwdrivers instead to swap valve shims. But that's but my personal preference.

Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
98 Taxi Cab K1200RS
14 K1600GT

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Bought a set of Ken's valve adjustment tools this past summer, July 2022.  They work well plus some interesting conversation with Ken in his shop/garage.


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