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New member from ireland 1 year, 1 month ago #5502

Hello,

just said better register,

been on forum for while but never bothered to sign on

have had 2 drz, 2002 drz400e which had dodgy starter and shop bought off me

then last month bought the last of the E models that were imported into Europe

a 2008 built drz400e and wasn't registered/sold until march 2010

clean and very happy with it





until now

only got registration book last week and went for a navigation event (was making bike fully road legal 1st)

but 3 kilometers since owned it and looking like i might need an engine rebuild plus carb rebuild

all fun and games

Re: New member from ireland 1 year, 1 month ago #5503

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Hi John, a bit of a bummer to have to do major repairs on such a recent purchase but I guess that's the risk we all take with buying used bikes. Hope it all turns out ok and you get a heap of use out of it. Keep us posted on how it goes and what you end up doing.

Re: New member from ireland 1 year, 1 month ago #5504

the shop is off today, id be happy drop it into him, but its a 13hr round trip so too much cost and holidays to drop it up and then collect it

Re: New member from ireland 1 year, 1 month ago #5505

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I've never been to Ireland but that's a serious trip to the shop! Why so much time, distance or traffic delays?

Re: New member from ireland 1 year, 1 month ago #5508

Shop is opposite end of county where bike was for sale

Drz not been sold in Europe since 2009 so once saw for sale i jumped at it

Looking at carb

It has keihin carb fitted, taught 2009 didn't have them

See there is a vac line going to carb where stock bike just has bland bolt

Per fitting (on an s bike) this looks wrong







Re: New member from ireland 1 year, 1 month ago #5519

So far had following

Cleanes carb, found a/f needle fully closed not 2 turns out
Float height was 1/2mm hight

Then valves, all are out,
1 ex 0.05 tight other 0.05 loose
1 int 0.05 tight other 0.15 tight ( worrying to he honest)

Intake cam also not at correct timing mark, about 1-2 teeth out

Also found cam caps and bolts seriously awful tight

Exhaust cap had lot wear and cam seat had wear plus large butt stopping cam bucket getting out
Used a scalpel to remove burr an got it all out

2 ex shims were same size and 2 intake same

Looks like last owner did pistons and rings but shoddy rebuild and never checked any of the specs





Re: New member from ireland 1 year, 1 month ago #5520

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Thanks for going to the effort of sharing that (with pics!). Sounds like previous owner fancied themselves as a bit of a home mechanic (don't need to know anything, just watch a video tutorial and I'll know it all!).

Sort it all out properly and you should be riding hassle free for a long time!

Re: New member from ireland 1 year, 1 month ago #5521

All parts requires are being paid for, with in reason, by shop i got it from

Bit of wet and dry will clean cam cap

Im getting new gaskets from shop so ill see how bike runs with cams fixed during week

If found my problem ill skip new piston and rings and just fit new gaskets on top end

Re: New member from ireland 1 year, 1 month ago #5524

Looking like its lot worse

Has a quick clean of heads an once cleaned off the sludgy oil thid what found on can seats in head on can chain side

Looks like he never checked valves, over tightened cap screws and never reset cam tensioner before refitting

Looks like head is beyound repair



Re: New member from ireland 1 year, 1 month ago #5525

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Ouch, that's bad! I was going to say that I wouldn't be happy with just a hit with wet and dry for that exhaust cam cap. I hope for your sake the shop is paying for the head also.

While it may not be their fault, if they sold it with some sort of warranty (expressed or implied), I guess they'd want to do it for the sake of their reputation. Previous owner is probably oblivious to the fact this has happened and thought they were doing the next buy a favour by rebuilding it before sale. That's the nightmare that's in the back of every used bike buyers mind.....I reckon I can hear noises coming out of my bike engine too since seeing this! (think it might be psychological though)

Re: New member from ireland 1 year, 1 month ago #5526

Funny part is anyone sees it is shocked as bike is 100% overall

Eng runs smooth bo noises or smoke

Fact threw oil out breather an has bo power bit if a negative

Re: New member from ireland 1 year, 1 month ago #5527

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Yes, imminent engine failure can be had to spot from the outside!

We have an engine here, an old Detroit diesel v8 with 295hrs on it since full rebuild (barely run in!), and the oil filter wasn't put on properly and worked loose and lost the oil. Operator didn't hear the buzzer (couldn't hear it they said??) and kept driving until the engine lost power and stalled. We filled sump with oil, put new filter in it, it starts and runs but has next to no oil pressure once the oil heats up and had metal particles all through the filter. It's as good as dead....but to a casual observer it starts easy and there's nothing wrong with it.

Re: New member from ireland 1 year, 1 month ago #5528

So far i have following

1 - no power (poor timing may be culprit)
2 - oil blew out vent pipe (overfilled? Was showing on dipstick even after sitting for a week)
3 - cam seat worn, no oil feed to top end (ha kinda opposite to point above)
4 - oil weeping out of base gasket and looks like head too. (Out of flat head due to low or no oil, headgasket fitted wrong blocking oil to top end, would explain most of the issues)
5 - said did piston an rings so what else did he make a bolox off

Re: New member from ireland 1 year, 1 month ago #5529

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Looks like you're handy with the spanners.

Re: New member from ireland 1 year, 1 month ago #5531

I am usef to holding my tool in my hand ;)
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