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Old 04-17-2014, 02:06 PM   #1
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Best Airhead Engine Rebuilders in the States?

I am requesting the recommendations of the learned members of this most august airhead forum as to the best shops to handle the various components of an airhead engine rebuild. For example the best places to go for general machine work, head refurbishing, cylinder boring, crank balancing, speedometer/tachometer rebuilds, etc, etc, etc...

Of course if there is clearly one place to go for everything I'd love to know that too.



Many thanks for any intel you can provide in this matter.

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Old 04-17-2014, 03:48 PM   #2
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Well, on my R69US Benchmark Works did the shortblock and transmission. Turnaround time, communication, and shipping back and forth were all excellent. Plus I used at least two hours of their time for free tech support and general airhead education. He recommended Memphis Motorworks for the heads, and they were also great to deal with. The cylinders went to Bore Tec, and came back very nice as well. Woody's did the wheels, and I'd used them before so I knew they were good to go. So all of those guys were great to deal with. I'm sure there's plenty of other good shops as well, so there's bound to be more recommendations shortly.
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:46 PM   #3
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Head work Paul Sturges in Or, Bob Grauer in San Jose, Carl in Tx

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Old 04-18-2014, 09:12 AM   #4
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Thank you both! Anybody else wanna share some sources, especially in the SW?

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Old 04-18-2014, 09:22 AM   #5
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Head work Paul Sturges in Or, Bob Grauer in San Jose, Carl in Tx

Final drives: Hanson in Sausalito CA

Ceramic coating :Performance Ceramic Coating, Seattle WA

Wireworks, instruments

Aftermarket: Chris Boxermetal Chico CA
Extra plug for Wireworks and his surgeon's touch with instruments. Did mine two years ago and still perform flawlessly. Member here who deserves consideration
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:31 AM   #6
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Don't you mean Wirespokes for Instruments?
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:34 AM   #7
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Pre or post 1980 engine? Size, what application - racing, touring, off road, grocery store?
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:13 PM   #8
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:58 PM   #9
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Pre or post 1980 engine? Size, what application - racing, touring, off road, grocery store?
1984 R80ST with a 1000cc Nikasil kit on it of unknown age. Approximately 64K miles. Two different sets of tests has revealed about 10% low compression in both cylinders (somewhat worse on one side) most likely due to worn valves rather than bad rings. Bike is the tug for a full-sized DMC sidecar.

Application: Weekend Dual-Sport Camping Trips (ride deep into a National and State Forests, Parks, or BLM land via unpaved roads/two-track trails and then camp out for a couple of nights).

Hope that helps.

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Old 04-18-2014, 03:15 PM   #10
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You may only need to have the cylinders/pistons measured (perhaps rings) and do the valves/guides to get full health back.

Diving into higher comp, cams, carbs is a slippery slope
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:37 PM   #11
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What Solo said +

If any more wanted, then you're taking dual plugged heads since what you need is more low end grunt AND dependabiltiy. Nothing exotic if you're way out in the sticks.
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:06 PM   #12
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Another +10 on Wirespokes

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A true craftsman.

The Carl in Tx is http://www.advrider.com/forums/member.php?u=430

with a website at http://www.flyingtpot.com/

Anton Largiader is a Wrench Par Excellance and is webb'd at http://largiader.com/ .


Randy Long is a Legendary machinist and is at:

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My local favorite is Chris Hand at Hand's Performance Motorcycles. A great wrench and a superb machinist. Almost as picky as I am...

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And I'm sure there are many more...

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Old 04-18-2014, 09:14 PM   #13
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This is a loaded question that can not be answered in one fail swoop...

You need to specify what you need done, and what you are capable of.

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Old 04-19-2014, 03:27 AM   #14
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Tom Cutter

I will add Tom Cutter at Rubber Chicken Racing Garage http://rubberchickenracinggarage.com/ to the preferred list.

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Old 04-19-2014, 12:27 PM   #15
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I'm told there is a real expert called Billy Peck who hangs out in the Bay Area.
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