Thanks for your response. I'm having a terrible time with this seemingly simple task. I've just about had it with this engine! I thought I had everything adjusted correctly and was getting perfect clearance numbers that were repeatable (.006 intake, .014 exhaust). Then I put the springs in and luckily re-measured. All of the clearances had decreased by around .003!!! I guess I wasn't pushing the valves in hard enough when I was grinding and checking. Oh well, at least this is fixable without getting new valves!
But the latest "issue" - the Kohler book is very clear about the valve clearances (.003-.006 intake .011-.014 exhaust). I made the "mistake" of looking in Deere's 317 book and it has the intake clearance as .008-.011! This is for both series I and II. It is listed like that in multiple locations.
Now I don't know what to do!
Also, Am I wrong to be targeting the high end of the spec or should I try to get in the middle instead?
Honestly, I usually don't have these kinds of problems but for some reason this task is just beating me up.