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post #1 of 11 Old 01-15-2015, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Torque wrench not needed?

I thought someone might be interested in this one: the young guy doesn't think the needs a torque wrench. Notice that he tightened the valve cover rear bolt down so hard that he broke out the section between the two intake cam caps. Now what? ;-) Not my problem as it's not in my garage but in a friend's shop so will follow up to see, just for fun. :-)

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-15-2015, 08:31 PM
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Which modern Motocrosser engine is that on?
How much is a 'naked' replacement head?

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I would have thought that the threads would strip out first.

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Looks like a dang big thread for holding a valve cover on. I wonder what the valve cover looks like.

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wow, I bet he uses a torque wrench now! make sure he knows the difference between inch/lbs and ft/lbs!

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Just a regular KX250F, can't recall the year. With the Canadian dollar down again...guessing $1500.00 in parts for the head. He ran it out of oil and the crank feels like it has piled up. If memory serves, that's what goes first on those but Paul will know better. The run a single row ball bearing on the drive end of the camshafts and in the head & caps on the right sides.
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I'll take that bet! ;-)

His kind don't learn. The cover bolt was so tight that the broken piece had to be really gripped with water pump pliers. 8mm threads and turned in so as to make certain that it wasn't going to come out..ever. It will be interesting to see what solution is chosen. On the other side, I've no interest in doing work for those sorts because they don't learn and won't listen. Much more to the story as you can guess. ;-)





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wow, I bet he uses a torque wrench now! make sure he knows the difference between inch/lbs and ft/lbs!
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Sad, Expensive lesson! As Norm suggested, probably IGNORED.
"Must have been cheap parts!"

The owners of these bikes Don't Understand , (the how and why) they are BUILT as 'light' as possible.

Here is your bill for repair! X&*%^^&#$%&&^(&*^$%!

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It sounds like the most effective repair is a new motor for the bike and a castration for the owner so that this sort of thing doesn't perpetuate.

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Kawasaki does Not Sell, replacement engines!
Repair what you screwed-up, ONLY! Lots of individual parts only!
Hopefully, they learn from their Mistakes!

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