Top end engine replacement cost

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Grofaz, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. Grofaz

    Grofaz Adventurer

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    Being quoted almost 5k to fix my 09 KLR after she somehow dropped all her oil and went bang.

    Does this sound reasonable or am I being stitched up?
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  2. Mudguts

    Mudguts when in doubt GAS IT

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    Sounds too rich for me , try thumper racing in the US see if they do a big bore kit
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  3. stujamur

    stujamur keep rollin rollin rollin

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    surely you would be better off buying another, making the best of both and parting out the leftovers?

    I know f all about rebuild costs, but 5k seems a lot when there are low k models on sale for 3-5k.

    I saw a vid once of a guy on a klr making contact with a rock that tore of his sump plug. wonder if his insurance covered him for the repairs.?
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  4. Grofaz

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    I had thought of buying another, but I have this one set up how I like it (ventura rack/panniers/crash bars/12v outlet/GPS mount/suspension etc) so I figured I'd get it repaired.

    My only concern was that the repair cost seems excessive.
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  5. Bulldust

    Bulldust Bulldust

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    Surely you could buy a used engine for about $800
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  6. dirty dennis

    dirty dennis are we there yet

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    If it has run out of oil there could very likely be crankshaft damage which would send the cost into orbit. I think Mannheims & Pickles have auction rooms in T/ville. Might be worth keeping an eye out for a stat. write off klr. I cant imagine they have changed much over the years so I'm guessing any later model, preferably low k write off would be a good thing & you'd end up with a stack of other spares as well Even Brissy might be worthwhile checking depending on freight$
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  7. itsgunnahurt

    itsgunnahurt Gravity Enhanced!

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    Chuck in a couple extra k and you can buy a new one. Move all the bits over from the old one and then part it out. Sorry, no idea if the 09 is the same as current bike.
    I think dirty Dennis is on the money, how much other damage has been done?
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  8. Tenerrod

    Tenerrod Slowing down

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    Wrong side of the country but there is probably going to be a late model one owner well looked after mostly road use write off coming up over here in Perth. Upside down into some BIG rocks at very low speed and no it was not me, l just helped recover it.
    We could break it down and box it up small or just wheel it onto a truck. Still rides.
    PM if interested.
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  9. dirty dennis

    dirty dennis are we there yet

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    Bin the frame & all the rooted bulky bits, engine, wiring, electrics & assorted bits into a box weighing say 50 kg on a small skid, might cost a couple for freight to the far north or see how much Waynes M/C transport would charge wheel on/ wheel off
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  10. Gimme 2

    Gimme 2 wheels , with nobs

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    what happened to it, explain the death details , maybe we can help some more.
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  11. mudmonster

    mudmonster Been here awhile

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    sounds like someone's being ripped severely if it's just a top end rebuild.
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  12. Lupine128

    Lupine128 That's MR Band Aid!

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    Before anyone jumps on the "stealership" bandwagon;
    if it's lost all the oil and gone bang you don't want just a top end rebuild or it's going to be half a job.
    Strip the thing to the cases and see what the actual story is.
    We've just finished an XR650r that came in for a rattly cam chain. It turned into a full rebuild including repinning the crank and replacing the piston, cam, rod and most of the ancillaries. Poor bastard isn't getting much if any change from $3k and he's got a bargain price for the time we've put in. But now it's pretty much a new engine.
    For $5k it would need to be the box as well...
    An inmate here brought me their DRz after it locked up. It was looking like a many thousand $$ job to get rebuilt after the head lost oil pressure and ate the cam journal and heat pinched the piston. It took the main with it and a bunch of other parts. He found a repairable write off and got an awesome deal, now the job is just an engine swap over. When it's done he'll probably part the rolling chassis out and it'll pay for itself.
    Might be worth spending a bit of time looking around at options.
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  13. Grofaz

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    Can't find any stat writeoffs nearby (one in Sydney, freight cost would kill that idea I imagine), so looking at cheap second handers. Saw one nearby with 44k kms on it that might work.

    Guess I'll talk to the mechanic today about options. Thanks for all the input so far :)
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  14. Doctor

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    ask Fogo :evil

    i reckon he'll say cheap :deal

    so either do it yaself, or htfu and pay :thumb
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  15. Stricko

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    I being the inmate that lupine mentioned about the DRZ being munched was lucky enough that there are a heap of drz's around and yes parting out the remainder will definitely help with the wallet damage !! I sadly had the top end redone only under 1000km before my implosion and the cost for was $1700 so $5000 sounds harsh ?
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  16. Doctor

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    yep 1700 for a "top end" :huh

    now split the cases and throw all new bearing and gaskets at it :evil
    maybe a crank if that's fecked :cry

    then get back to me with how harsh 5g is :deal
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  17. panhead_pete

    panhead_pete Gone riding

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    Could I see it running to a LOT of money? - yes if it needs a crank etc will be genuine parts = big $.

    BTW for $5K you can buy and land a nice new 350 Chev crate motor - a useless fact but it always blows me away how much bike motors cost to build :)

    Would I spend the $ repairing your current motor?. No. As suggested before your options are pretty easy to see from my eyes:

    a) Buy a stat write off and replace motor etc, sell off excess parts or keep them aside for the next accident/component failure. You may even break even.
    b) Buy a second hand motor and fit. Make coffee table with current motor
    c) Buy another bike and transfer across all the farkles, sell off current bike as a roller.

    I'd be doing option B if you can find someone reputable to sell you a motor. Cheapest initial outlay and second easiest option when it comes to fitting etc.
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  18. hahnelw

    hahnelw Just Mapping Another Ride

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    Agree with panhead on this one. 5k for a repair vs the cost of the secondhand motor or bike is probably a no brainer, just check that the motor you are buying is in good shape.

    Cheers WH

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  19. Warin

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    Factor in labour and no not excessive.

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    The cheapest option will be a secondhand motor .. if they are not around then a secondhand bike and swap the motor out. Then sell the parts you don't want. To keep the costs down you'd need to do the work yourself, if your not prepared to do than then your stuck with the repair cost of your motor. $5k. Suck it up if your not inclined to do the work?
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  20. supamanaint

    supamanaint when in doubt - power out

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    Maybe try and find someone heading up your way, someone may know someone heading that way or be able to relay it up to or near you.

    If I get my ute going I may be able to get it as far as Toowoomba/ Brisbane for you then someone may be able to get it closer etc.
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