2006 CRF 250R Top End Cost

I have a 250R that went to the shop for carb setup/ cleaning after sitting 2 years (I know sad right).  However they shop called me and said the valves had zero clearance and they needed to spend 2.5 shop hours to tear it down to figure out why.   I didn't love that but gave the oK.  Called me back at 2 hour and said top end needs overhauled with valves, piston, rings, etc.  Quoted me 485$ for parts and 6hrs total labor including the 2hrs previous teardown.  Total bill was like just under 1K.


I gave the go ahead because the bike is worthless without an engine but it's like 1/2 the value of the bike.  Anyway, It's already over with and I should be picking the bike up later this week.. Just wondering if I got screwed on this deal.



Depends on the parts and processes used to rebuild the head. 

FWIW the tab on my head service was $750. New parts: intake seats, exhaust guides. 4 valves, springs, seals and the seats were cut 

No additional labor other than my time. 

oh and plus some $ for gaskets. 

Ok cool thanks for the reply and the cost associated.. Yeah it sounds like it was piston, rings, guides, new exhaust valve and head grind or something + labor and gaskets.

Sounds about right considering the labor. You obviously could have saved yourself several hundred if you pulled the head, had it rebuilt, then put it back together yourself. Maybe $700 tops.

Its normally the intake valves that need replacing, not exhausts.

Its normally the intake valves that need replacing, not exhausts.

Correct, but they typically do the exhaust valves while they're in there. It would be stupid not to.

600-700 tops is about right. I paid 400 for the head work(new valves, cut seats, etc..) 125-150 for piston kit, 30+ for gaskets, timing chain is about 45...

You dont need to do the head that often though. If you keep your valves shimmed right and replace them before they go bad you wont need to recut the seats every time or change them nearly as often as you would if you let them get to 0 clearance. Proper oiling and sealing of the air filter is crucial too.

I dont think you got screwed too bad but not being able to see exactly what they did makes it difficult. Ive never taken a bike to a shop so my prices are just parts except the head work(MXTime). Did they recut the seats or just stick new valves in?

Edited by CRFRida1605

I dont think you got screwed too bad but not being able to see exactly what they did makes it difficult. Ive never taken a bike to a shop so my prices are just parts except the head work(MXTime). Did they recut the seats or just stick new valves in?

Exactly my thoughts. You never know if what they said they did is actually what got done, which is why I try to do everything myself. They could have slapped new valves in it and nothing else just to get the bike running. If you start having issues in six months, don't expect them to cover the cost of fixing whatever goes wrong. Expect another exhorbitant bill to replace more parts. In other words, there is typically no warranty for this type of work. Hopefully this isn't the case if you took it to an honest reputable mechanic, but time is money and unfortunately there are more crooked dishonest places out there than good honest ones and most will do the absolute minimum, especially when they know the customer is clueless. Time will tell. Hope your bike is running well.

Edited by mossman77

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