The compression tester arrived when Santa Clause..., oops, I mean UPS showed up Friday afternoon. .
I actually have a day off this Saturday so I will try and get it tested.
I started tearing the bike down a little Saturday after noon. The story I got was that the bike was rebuilt by the uncle 4 years ago, and the bike was given as a gift to the person I got it from. The guy I got it from was in his mid 20's and was a little squidly in my opinion. Since I am a special agent, and an FBI profiler, I am pretty good with sizing people up.
So my question was (if the rebuild story about the uncle was true), how was this machine maintained once the kid got it? One thing I did notice is that all of the right bolts and fasteners were there. Nothing was stripped or over tightend. The radiator fluid was very clean and filled correctly. All the cables and hoses were routed and fastened corretly. The jetting was correct. Someone took the time to do this part right the last time around. I was also a little suprised by how clean the frame was, and some of these componants under the tank were. A little dusty but very clean. This attests to the things the previous owner had told me about the bike being completely gone through 4 years ago. I'll call it Probable.
As far as the good news goes it looks like someone did spend some time bringing this bike back to life at one point. However from there I think the next owner (the kid) just dumped gas in it and rode it for 4 years with zero maintenance. If you are like me then you pressure wash your bike after nearly every ride. This keeps surfaces like the rims, hubs, swing arm, frame tubes from getting dulled by dirt, exhaust, and othe elements. This bike has not been pressure washed in probably 4 years. So all of those surfaces are dulled and faded unlike the fresh frame.
The petcock leaks when turned on. I have seen this many times over with really old bikes. Mostly on Hondas too. Don't know why. I have swapped many. So I am guessing the kid thought the line was leaking and replaced it with this plastic 1/4" hose & micky moused hose clamps. The amount of spooge undther the exhaust was insane. The chain and sprockets are really worn. Upon notating all of this I was interested in seeing what the motor would test at.
Test results .
Time for some parts. Looks like I am going to tear it apart. I have done quite a bit of work on all of my own bikes dating back to the 80's. However in all of those years I have never done a top end on a 2 stroke. I have always had newer bikes. So I'd buy it, ride it, sell it, and get the next best thing. This will be a first for me. So my questions for any of you here are...
1). How will i determine in the cylinder is in need of anything?
2). Split the cases or just check crank play?
3). Send the head out for work?
4). What brand of parts should I use?