XR600 smokes badly- Can I ring it???

I over heated this bike in the dunes and now it smokes BAD all the time. I want to sell it so I don't want to pour a lot of money into it. Can I tear it down, hone the cylinder, and replace the rings? Will that help it? Does the engine need to be removed from the frame to pull the top end off?


I did the top end on a mid 80's XR 600 once. I did have to remove the engine. Your problem might be more than just a rering. Once you tear it down check for cylinder and head for warpage. You may get away with a ring job but you probably need to change the valve seals.

The seals might have gotten hard and quit sealing but I was thinking the rings were washed out because of the heat

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