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Old 08-25-2013, 06:25 PM   #24916
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Notin' that'll tax your Motard. There are a few twisties between Monroeville and Camden and some easy rolling sweepers on AL 21, but nothing to write home about. North Alabama has some neat roads, but not a lot here.......
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:40 PM   #24917
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But man, I gotta find some curvy roads.




Got all the curves you can handle starting a week from todayyou need to come up and meet us
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:36 AM   #24918
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Maybe

I did a leak down test and sure enough it pointed to rings/piston and not valves so I went ahead and took engine down all the way today. It had a stuck compression ring. Stuck along the exhaust side and would not move.

That's why I had no compression. I might be able to put it back together and would be fine but since its down new piston and rings gaskets etc.

THEN we will see if that was it or if I screwed up something else fooling around.

The easy way out was not the way to go... I should have pulled it down on day one and I would be finished by now!!!
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:18 PM   #24919
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You'll have it back and better than new in no time, Vic.

Fortunately, you have the skills and tools to do the job. I'd hate to think of taking it to the dealer and asking them to fix it.
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:48 PM   #24920
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I did a leak down test and sure enough it pointed to rings/piston and not valves so I went ahead and took engine down all the way today. It had a stuck compression ring. Stuck along the exhaust side and would not move.

That's why I had no compression. I might be able to put it back together and would be fine but since its down new piston and rings gaskets etc.

THEN we will see if that was it or if I screwed up something else fooling around.

The easy way out was not the way to go... I should have pulled it down on day one and I would be finished by now!!!
Wow, Let's all remember to remind each other to go around the deeper mud holes from now on... Can we post "No Four Wheel Drive's Allowed!" all around our best trails?
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:58 PM   #24921
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I did a leak down test and sure enough it pointed to rings/piston and not valves so I went ahead and took engine down all the way today. It had a stuck compression ring. Stuck along the exhaust side and would not move.

That's why I had no compression. I might be able to put it back together and would be fine but since its down new piston and rings gaskets etc.

THEN we will see if that was it or if I screwed up something else fooling around.

The easy way out was not the way to go... I should have pulled it down on day one and I would be finished by now!!!
Like anyone else I would guess on puddle depth and just go for it at times. After your ordeal I have adopted a much more cautious approach. I go around whatever I can and walk it if I can't. So hey, at least some of us have learned something from it.

Good luck on the refresh..
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:12 PM   #24922
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The whole ass end has to come off to get out head.



Does anybody know how this goes back together?


Waiting on parts


My little 5 Hunny don't look so pretty now!!!
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:20 PM   #24923
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The whole ass end has to come off to get out head.



Does anybody know how this goes back together?


Waiting on parts


My little 5 Hunny don't look so pretty now!!!
My 530 was similarly disassembled at one point, none of it is particularly difficult other than keeping track of all the bolts and where they go, and fairly satisfying starting it up again. Tearing the head apart was actually pretty enjoyable, though yours is probably fine. Going with aftermarket piston or has the oem improved significantly since the last gen?
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:25 PM   #24924
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The whole ass end has to come off to get out head.



Does anybody know how this goes back together?


Waiting on parts


My little 5 Hunny don't look so pretty now!!!
Glad you got it handled Vic!
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:16 PM   #24925
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Can you say 550EXC?!?!

Someone's gotta make one.

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Old 08-26-2013, 06:56 PM   #24926
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Can you say 550EXC?!?!
Someone's gotta make one.

Bruce, while you and I would love more hossss-power, I'm pretty sure The Maestro does not covet more oooomph. A snorkel perhaps, or 40" wheels, but cubes... naaahhhh.
Just sayin'...
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:38 AM   #24927
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Vic is the lug wrench metric?
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:00 AM   #24928
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Vic is the lug wrench metric?
Hey Smooth,,,

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Old 08-27-2013, 05:08 AM   #24929
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Vic is the lug wrench metric?
Funny you should mention that!

That lug wrench has been with me 45 years and has broken loose more stubborn bolts and nuts than you can imagine. I use it only for leverage.

For example and a word to the wise: when I got to the 8mm head bolts they would not budge. I used an impact wrench at 130 psi and only stripped the bold head (which is actually a 8mm Allen head).

Got out a normal Allen wrench hammered it in the stripped hole (notice big hammer) and then slipped one end over the Allen wrench to break down each head bolt. They were really stuck. I think the heat and sudden cooling froze them in place. Anyway I got em out (and ordered two new bolts to replace the stripped ones). I had to have the wife and granddaughter hold the bike in place while it turned the lug wrench...

This tool and my very long alligator forceps are my two most coveted special items...

Today Im gonna clean everything up and maybe reroute the wiring so I can get to stuff. Im hoping to be ready for check ride this weekend.

Temps are outstanding this morning...riding weather coming.

Madhouse - perfect clip from Das Boot. That's what it felt like when I (it) went under...
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:25 AM   #24930
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Madhouse - perfect clip from Das Boot. That's what it felt like when I (it) went under...
Vic, I've been there ALSO more times than I care to remember.

Will we ever learn?
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