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Old 10-12-2011, 08:14 PM   #76
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Ok, finally got an answer from CH. They are waiting for three parts, the gasket set, rings and the bearings. He said they could come today/tomorrow/next week/etc.
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:05 PM   #77
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Hey VTwin

I got a question for you.... Last friday I stopped at a friends M/C shop and all the techs came out and told me my engine did not sound right They thought it was unusually noisy. I laughed it off. The next day I did a 350 mile loop in the mountains and I had the nagging thought that they were correct, By the end of the ride I knew they were right ...

I am looking at the lifters and valve train, but what, if any warning did you have for your failure ?

The plain and simple is I am trying to decide either rotate the engine and check all the valve train and lifters, or just yanking the engine right out and go in deep.
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:28 PM   #78
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HR, you may want to compare your noise to my video. The video isn't that good, but if you listen carefully, you'll hear the rattle noise. I hope yours is just noisy lifters. Before I took it apart, I started it one more time and did some quick revs, no doubt, it was there.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:57 PM   #79
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Ok, update, 5 months and still no parts. After dicking around calling them and having them promise me "next week" "be patient", I fricken gave up on Chicago Harley. I called them to cancel and will be ordering from ASB. Now they tell me it will be 14 days before they credit my card the amount. Shit, they've had my money for almost 5 months. Maybe this post should go to the basement as a rant. It's been so long, I forgot how everything goes back together. Then my standby commuter, the Mighty Gr650 developed a miss at 3-4K, so it's out of it until I can look into it. The Suzuki 80 is spewing gas and the petcock that was falling apart got replaced and it needs the carb gone through. The Scarabeo I just picked up had a detonated engine. Good thing I got the Willys running, some good news on the project front.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:14 PM   #80
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Ok, update, 5 months and still no parts.
Sorry to hear about all your bike troubles... but these kind of parts issues are only going to be more common as our bikes age and parts get scooped up.

Good luck and enjoy that Willys!
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:57 PM   #81
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Sorry to hear about all your bike troubles... but these kind of parts issues are only going to be more common as our bikes age and parts get scooped up.

Good luck and enjoy that Willys!
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:51 PM   #82
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I have been watching this thread. I have one of the 07s that puked a crank at 19k, I pulled into the garage 5 months ago and have been wrestling with the descision of fixing it or parting it out ever since,.......until last friday when I came across a deal on a 07 GSA with 9800 miles. I love the GSA but I still wonder about what to do with the Buell. I am scared that if I take it apart to see what I need and then order them up it will be a long time before parts come and the bike will never get put back together. I am leaning towards taking the time to Part it out!
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:29 PM   #83
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I am leaning towards taking the time to Part it out!
I would highly discourage that. When my 07 puked her crank at 29K miles, I bought an 08 and parted out the 07. It was a huge pain in the ass for the return. Probably be better off donating it to charity and writing it off.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:46 PM   #84
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I figured by the time I get it running again, I'll only have about $1K into the engine. Even if I parted out the '07, I probably couldn't buy another bike this fun for the amount. Got an answer from ASB, 2 weeks for the parts.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:55 PM   #85
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I also suffered a crunched crank on my 07. I wound up replacing the 07 engine with a low-mileage 09 engine off of ebay. I also had to buy a new 09 wiring harness for ~$380 to complete the install.

I parted out the engine and old 07 wiring harness and ECM and did pretty well with that. It took me a couple of months and it wasn't too much of a hassle. I still have a few parts left over; hopefully I'll eventually sell most of them. With what I sold, it probably only cost me about $500 net for the swap.

Of course if I counted my hours I could have bought a new EBR 1190RS for what I've got into it.
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:20 PM   #86
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Got an answer from ASB, 2 weeks for the parts.
Big fan of American Sportbike... I buy everything I can from them. They're very knowledgeable if you get them on the phone.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:36 PM   #87
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I love my 06 but its got low miles and every time I look at it I cross my fingers nothing goes wrong. Unfortunately anything major and its curtains for the beast.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:50 AM   #88
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I love my 06 but its got low miles and every time I look at it I cross my fingers nothing goes wrong. Unfortunately anything major and its curtains for the beast.
Your 06 will likely last 100K+ miles. From all we've been able to find out, the crank problem is only with some 07 models.
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:11 PM   #89
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Your 06 will likely last 100K+ miles. From all we've been able to find out, the crank problem is only with some 07 models.
And I thought I was smart passing on the '06 leftover when I got my new '07 !

Got 2 years and 42,000 miles out of it before the "bad noises".
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Your 06 will likely last 100K+ miles. From all we've been able to find out, the crank problem is only with some 07 models.
I sure hope that is true... I'd love my mULY to stick around another 80k miles!
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