2007 RMZ 250 Complete engine rebuild
Mar29

2007 RMZ 250 Complete engine rebuild

This bike was brought to me with the cases split and all parts in a boxes.  From the beginning, I had my doubts about being able to safely put it all back together since I was not present for the disassembly.  It took a long time and a lot of replacement parts, but it finally started to take shape.  I had to start with the service manual and follow it step by step while taking notes.  Fortunately, Suzuki service manuals are in my...

Read More
2005 CRF 450R Supermoto
Aug02

2005 CRF 450R Supermoto

I decided to trade my long-loved Husky for this CRF 450R Supermoto.  It has many nice upgrades on it, however it is definitely in need of some TLC and service.  The most attractive part of this bike is that it is TAGGED!  It may not seem like such an amazing thing, but in the state of NC, it is near impossible to tag a bike that started life as an off-road only machine.  This bike came with a clear VA title.  Once the vehicle has been...

Read More
03 KX125 top end rebuild
Jan12

03 KX125 top end rebuild

This 125 belongs to one of my regular customers.  Over the last year, I have installed a new clutch, trued wheels, replaced fork seals, re-packed the silencer, etc.  Recently the owner had accidentally put non-mixed fuel in the tank and ran it for a while. The pictures show the galling of the piston and the cylinder.  This may have been caused by the non-mixed fuel.  I removed the seat, tank, exhaust,  and  radiators to access the...

Read More

1997 Suzuki Savage LS 650 Head Gasket, Clutch, and general TLC

Last weekend I had the opportunity to buy this beauty.  Its a 97 Suzuki Savage with 29k miles and a clear title.  It needs a few things, but for the price I paid for it, I figured it will be a fun build.  I don’t normally have any interest in cruisers whatsoever, but this may be fun to ride around on for a while and then put it up for sale. First things first, it needs a head gasket.  The previous owner made me aware of this...

Read More

1987 TRX 250r top end failure.

This is a customers quad that was brought to me with a seized top end.  I was hoping to find something like a cooling problem or a damaged piston, but instead I found that the crank bearings had failed.  This machine is an 87 and I would guess that the crank has never been changed before.  On most any engine, there should be no vertical play in the connecting rod.  This one has about 1/4″.  In addition to that, all the pieces...

Read More

2006 Yamaha YZ 250f top end rebuild

I got the head back from Reeves racing engines and I would have to say that he did an excellent job of cutting the valve seats and installing the new valves.  I highly recommend him and his pricing is very reasonable.  His number is listed in an older post if anyone is interested in having him do some work for you. Here is the head assembled and ready to be installed: Installing the head on the cylinder and re-shimmed the valve lash:...

Read More