Giving you grief about checking your valve clearances is NOT suppose to annoy. It IS supposed to be taken as good advice; if it was me (as Pat mentioned) I would heed the good advice. What don't you understand about free advice? People here have integrity behind their words. They want everyone who comes here to have a safe, reliable ride. . . this isn't a cyber-bullying site; it's an XJ Bikes site. A lot of people reply because they actually know a thing or two (me? I just like to see my dog's picture on the world wide web). I have learned things here that are priceless and have served me well. Because the truth of the advice may come across as cold and hard doesn't mean you should take it personally. Embrace the XJ love!