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2011 motor rebuid
« on: October 18, 2015, 02:17:51 pm »
picked up some road trash the other day at 80 mph ,never saw it but it ripped the drain plug off the main drive.by the time i started getting vibration and loss of power it was cooked,$1800.00later shop says i should think about engine rebuild .ive got 130,000 on her and was kinda wanting to see what i could get out of her (you know dont fix it if it aint broke!)shop says a spun bearing or locked up crank=instinct rear lock up!has me looken in the mirror at that tail gater in a different light. so got new drive train and coming up on a valve adjustment anyway plus haven't done timing chain yet.so by doing rebuild ill have a basically a new bike i can put anouther 130,000 on.its a shame kawi doesnt sell a boxed engine,or put cruise control on,but dont get me going on that rant!any way just would like some feed back or suggestions 

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Re: 2011 motor rebuid
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2015, 03:02:39 pm »
Wow the stories of people hitting stuff and it taking out their bike on this board is amazing.

Never heard of any of this stuff before I came here  ;D

I think first reaction to running over things on the C14 should be STOP and check immediately :D

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Re: 2011 motor rebuid
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2015, 03:08:43 pm »
If u read the above I stated I never saw it

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Re: 2011 motor rebuid
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2015, 03:32:22 pm »
I think the shop is trying to scam you. I won't say a locked motor can't happen but the chances of that happening without warning are pretty slim. I had a bike throw a rod without warning once and it just costed to a stop. (single cylinder, no way it could run with a broken rod) Threw a rod out the pan in my Ford truck, drove it home with no oil. It seized twice on the way home but it still starts and runs. Generally speaking, when you spin a bearing, the motor will knock and as it gets worse, looses power due to the increase in friction of that bearing. That's what happened in my Ford, I drove it for 3 years with a spun bearing, and it finally let go.

However, unless you have a reason to believe a bearing is bad, or the motor is smoking, or low on compression, or some other specific complaint, there is no need to rebuild it. Some motors last millions of miles without a rebuild, some don't make it to the first 100k.
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Re: 2011 motor rebuid
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2015, 04:13:23 pm »
Zig,
Buy a low mile used motor and toss it in. Then run the piss out of it for another 130K! Can probably score a good one for less than  a grand. I saw one go on eBay for 100.00 not long ago.
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Re: 2011 motor rebuid
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2015, 09:27:13 pm »
Hey I'm liken all your inputs, thanks i guess I've been shaken by shop talk but what they say is that the rebuild is gonna come and If it comes after the piston goes thru the block were in to more money.I've kiked around the wrecked bike motor but..... Would some one turn me on to a winning lotto,just one !

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Re: 2011 motor rebuid
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2015, 09:37:03 pm »
if you 'hit' something might be worth talking to your insurance
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Re: 2011 motor rebuid
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2015, 11:55:13 pm »
If u read the above I stated I never saw it

I wasn't criticizing your riding abilities. Calm down. :truce:



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Re: 2011 motor rebuid
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2015, 11:32:35 am »
Zigzag; If your oil still looks good when you drain it, and you do not see any real metal in it, you should be good to go. I think properly maintained, the engine will easily do 130K. A rebuild would be a waste of money. You can find good used concours engines on Ebay for cheap. I bought one with 6,000 miles on it for 595 shipped to my door. The engine looked brand new, and came with all the covers, throttle bodies, and everything. Take a day to swap it out, and off you go. Mike.

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Re: 2011 motor rebuid
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2015, 11:42:07 am »
Yes, stupid expensive to rebuild, much easier/cheaper to buy a low mileage motor from a crash. Steve
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Re: 2011 motor rebuid
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2015, 12:07:39 pm »
I just had the tranny replaced in mine. I should have swapped in a complete used motor. I reeeeallllly should have :-[

Local shop rebuild vs KAWI factory assembly? also a win for the used motor.


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Re: 2011 motor rebuid
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2015, 01:34:07 pm »
Wow a 2011 with 130K on it?  Guess you don't own a car or truck.  OH WAIT you live where you can ride year round I bet.  :-[    :motonoises:

Seems if you are going to tear the bike apart for a different engine that would be a good time to add a cruise control.
But if you have gone 130K without one - that might spoil you, or make you think you are riding a different bike.  :rotflmao:




Also can you explain the "$1800 later"?  Did they do more than put a new oil pan and bolt on?  And then say you should think about a rebuild?

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Re: 2011 motor rebuid
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2015, 07:22:03 pm »
The 1800.oo was the new drive saft and gears.I have since last post decided to get used motor , Thanks for your input