Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Motorcycle: 1997 ZX11 Ninja
Re: opinions on what i should do
Was this the first time you had the valve cover off?
Regardless, you could try swapping a cap. Install the cap and torque it down to spec using plastic-guage to mic the clearance. If it's within spec remove the material, lube it up and spin it without the cam chain. It should spin freely and not bind.