1994 Suzuki Katana 600. Manual says to pry the rocker arm aside "using a suitable tool" to get at the valve shims (unlike some other bikes where the procedure is to remove the camshafts).

What would make a suitable tool here? What should I be concerned about?

Is just any old pry tool fine or should I be looking for something with a special tip or some other feature to avoid possibly doing some damage in the process?

  • How strong are the springs between the rockers or rocker to support? Perhaps something just sufficient to hold them clear. Some workshop manuals will give a picture and useful dimensions shown so you can make one.
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Nov 15, 2020 at 16:34
  • @SolarMike Well, not really sure... I do own a plastic prybar, so perhaps I'll start there and see what happens... Commented Nov 16, 2020 at 22:16

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My plastic prybar worked well and left no marks. For reference it's an OTC 2487 plastic "Combination Wedge and Pry tool".

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