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post #51 of 58 Old 01-06-2020, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Paul, glad to try this! It did help. And I agree with you’re reasoning. The bearing supported crank end could probably run on 2 cycle mix passing through and be fine. Years of running 2 strokes on land and water has proved that to me. The top end that slides and spins? More oil please, for sure. And more to the tranny? Yup, sign me up there too.
Other than adding oil and keeping an eye on it, I wouldn’t hesitate to ride it to either coast and back. I kinda want to keep running it just to see. But since it’s winter and I have the kit, might as well do it. Also hate the thought of roasting the engine and or head on a 200 mile interstate run should it start to burn a lot more. Hoping for a 10k+ year this season.
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post #52 of 58 Old 03-14-2020, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Paul and all......
The burner engine and oil mods will continue on. After a busy winter and a family death last month, the 685 tear down and redo got put on hold. I’m at 45,547 miles now. Last year I put over 9k on it with predictable oil burn and it hasn’t gotten any worse in that time. So same planned for this year, 2k oil changes and ride on. If it lasts another season, great! If not, I’ll deal with it when the time comes. Just did the valves, everything is clean and shiny up top. Guess we’ll see how far an 08 burner will reliably go. Seems most have locked up from lack of oil or got rebuilt by my kind of mileage. Mine still starts and runs perfectly. Hoping for a 10k+ season!
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post #53 of 58 Old 03-14-2020, 11:50 AM
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My condolences for your family's loss.

Keep up the good work and remember that oil is cheap!

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post #54 of 58 Old 03-14-2020, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Tom!
Lost my mom, and it’s been a hard adjustment for sure. While I’m trying to get my head back on straight, I’ve got all the other winter maintenance and mods done, may throw the visor down and take a trip on it to get right with the world again.
And all the stuff I fly and work on uses plenty of oil, so the little thumper drinkin a bit doesn’t bother me in the least. Ha!
I’ll keep an eye on the oil, and bet she runs a good while longer.
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post #55 of 58 Old 03-14-2020, 12:28 PM
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Sorry for your loss also, PT-13Pilot.

Ride Safe & Travel Far.

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post #56 of 58 Old 03-16-2020, 08:41 PM
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Sorry about your mom, always hurts for a long time. My dad has been gone for almost 12 years, still miss telling him about my travels.

My 2008 starting using oil around 22k-26k miles, and the long highway trips used the most. Just made a habit of carrying a quart with me, and topped it off every other fuel stop & checked it every stop.

And a good ride always helps clear the head.

Confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation."

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post #57 of 58 Old 05-12-2020, 11:32 AM
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13 pilot, sorry about the loss of your mother. Ive read the thread front to back and am rooting for the 685 kit. Im curious about one thing. Is the spark plug in your engine fouled from all the oil burning?
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post #58 of 58 Old 05-12-2020, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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I’ve put 10k on it since I bought it. I changed the plug not long ago with about 7500 on it just because I had the tank off. It’s dry, never fouled, and other than having some dry deposits on it, have never had a problem with it fouling plugs. Borescope of the piston shows some deposits, but nothing excessive or troublesome. I’ve never had any running issues with it burning oil.
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