Best Airhead Engine Rebuilders in the States?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Ace_Cafe_Rat, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. Ace_Cafe_Rat

    Ace_Cafe_Rat "Crazy Old Coot"

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    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.

    :ear

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

    Ace Cafe Rat
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  2. Tenni126

    Tenni126 Adventurer

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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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  3. walkingbear

    walkingbear the road of life is full of twists and turns.

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  4. Ace_Cafe_Rat

    Ace_Cafe_Rat "Crazy Old Coot"

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    Thank you both! Anybody else wanna share some sources, especially in the SW?

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  5. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    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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  6. Rob Farmer

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    Don't you mean Wirespokes for Instruments?
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  7. Beemerguru

    Beemerguru Beemerguru...G/S guy

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    Pre or post 1980 engine? Size, what application - racing, touring, off road, grocery store?
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  8. Biebs

    Biebs BMW Airhead

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  9. Ace_Cafe_Rat

    Ace_Cafe_Rat "Crazy Old Coot"

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    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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  10. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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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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  11. Beemerguru

    Beemerguru Beemerguru...G/S guy

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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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  12. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Another +10 on Wirespokes

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/member.php?u=1444

    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:


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

    http://www.handsperformance.com/

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

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  13. kixtand

    kixtand Long timer

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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.

    kix
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  14. Steve W.

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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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  16. Boxer Metal

    Boxer Metal Mad Scientist

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    I had heard a rumor that he moved East somewhere.
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  17. daveoneshot

    daveoneshot Been here awhile

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    Bud Provin, Nickwackett Garage, Pittsford, Vermont.
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  18. Thorazine

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    bmweuro's shop has an outstanding reputation. bmweuro, were you being modest, or do you not do this type of work?
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  19. Boxer Metal

    Boxer Metal Mad Scientist

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    I can. We are a full service shop:D
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