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J.Ackel

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    California
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    carne asada fries, marlboro lights, cheap beer, double ipa's
  1. J.Ackel

    Blue smoke

    One time i put 4 or 5 ml to top it off. There may have been an oil change where i didnt check it towards the end of the interval, and just drained and changed. Ive sent the head to Millennium Technologies in WI . Hopefully its serviceable/ resleevable, if so back to std bore. if not maybe ill get some core value toward a 434. Pics will be loaded soon. Ima imageshack em cause the attatchments suck. Looks like the piston play messed with the crank rod. Its pretty sloppy. Im thinking Hotcams crank std stroke, and Cometic gasket kit. What you guys think for oem-esque rebuild? Piston, rings, valves, guides, springs have aleady been bought. Im hoping the cylinder is salvageable, not sure because this is the first time ive sent out a cylinder. Should i deck while its out? :Laugh: Pics soon...
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    Blue smoke

    Oilthread!!!!
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    Blue smoke

    What do you see that looks like dirt ingestion? I run this right now...
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    Blue smoke

    What cost would it take to say eff it buy a new used motor from fleabay? Before rebuilding one? Im not ebay savvy, not sure the going rate for motors...
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    Blue smoke

    Quoted so you got the memo ( previous post). Thanks for the reminder to stay updated on here.
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    Blue smoke

    My sumo buddy Wes and his Dad opened her up today while i was at the county fair eating corndogs with my old lady. He gets parts from the local dealer at like 5% over cost, and bought valves, rings, piston etc. for a complete topend rebuild for just over $400 We hadnt opened it up because i was still riding it to work 10 miles a day. I kept her topped on oil. I got a text saying bad news, the bottom end is shot too. The pic attatched was sent with the text as well. Im not sure exactly what im looking at. Cylinder wall? Spoke to him briefly, he says there is abnormal play in the crank rod, time for a new bottom end too. Bummer. This guys trustworthy. His dad is the skilled mechanic, guess he does a lot of work for my buddies other friends who ride dirt etc. He has the head machining set to match new valves, so i figured id let him do the work, also since the oem parts would be had at a big discount. Oh yeah. I dont have the money atm to throw an athena/ cylinder works kit at it. So i decided to go with all factory oem rebuild to keep her reliable until i had some extra cash for a big bore stroked monster. This is my daily driver atm, i put 10k + miles on it the first year i had it. It rebuild time now with 16k on the odo. I ride freeways to school, sometimes 80-95 95 when passing/ open lanes when running late. I drive like a hooligan ( safe however) around town. Im also at fault for letting it warm up too long. Oh i forgot my wallet inside, get back out, oh i gotta leak before i go etc. Sometimes it idles for 10 min or more in the AM. Im religious with oil changes, but after a few changes and not really losing oil, ive gotten lazy and assume its good. Last few oil changes ive noticed it losing more oil ( before blue smoke) so im thinking all this coupled with my riding style, coupled with low oil is recipe for disaster. Oh well, i see the light at the end of the tunnel. Lessons learned the hard way. Ima drop some teeth in the back when shes healthy again ( id love wide ratio but $$$) and do it all over again.
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    Blue smoke

    Valve clearances were well in spec 2k ago. Guess i better order athena and some rhc stuff. Is Ron Hamp still in business these days? Guess nows the time for 50hp kit. Is Eddie back in solo business yet. I k.w theres been issues there, but i trust eddie if he' s rdy to do business again.
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    Blue smoke

    was on my phone earlier... hate typing with that thing. it blows light puffs of blue smoke while idling... larger puffs if i rev it (and clear it out?) i know drzs make noise, but it seems like the classic "sounds likes rocks in my engine" is happening. makes me think mcct adjustment. coolant level is fine, i dont think its a gasket. upon checking oil, was barley showing on the stick. this is after a 25 mile ride home at 80+ mph on freeway (i commute for school). i recorded a video. will try to upload soon. basically, i was wondering if it is possible to jump a tooth and throw off the cam timing by chopping the throttle at 104 mph, tached out in 5th. traffic got congested after a clearing and hence the quick throttle chop after a sprint between me and the other rider. i know i know, no bueno, but the impromptu race with another drz owner on the freeway couldnt be passed up. i know i wont know much til i open up the top end, but granted the episode preceeding the blue smoke symptoms, thought someone could shed some light from experience.
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    Blue smoke

    I never noticed smoke before this incident. The black drz i was racing ( didnt know him) got smoked by me but now im smoking
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    Blue smoke

    Probably worn Rings or bad valve guides guides but ... if I was going 104 and came quickly of the throttle , if the cam chain was loose (MCCT) could I have skipped a tooth and this is the root of the problem?
  11. J.Ackel

    What did you do to your DRZ400 today?

    Yeah couple hours weather dependent. Cans were like 7 bucks. I might experiment with patterns like the black and red drz with the klx light ive seen around here somewhere.
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    What did you do to your DRZ400 today?

    Sorry in advance for bombing these huge photos. I dont have a handle yet on IMGUR, registered like 5 min ago. Fired up the deezer and rode down to the local hardware store and bought the last 2 cans of white plasti dip this morning. I then removed the front tire and cleaned the rim with some bike spirits. I took off the brake rotor cause it took like 30 secs. Prepped the spoke ends and rubber with some blue painters tape worst part of the job. There was overspray on the spokes but it rubbed off with my thumb and a bit o' elbow grease in no time. I'm satisfied with the results. It's about 85 deg F here now, so the 5 coats that i applied dried quickly between applications. My gf and a 6-pack of Stella helped keep me company. The rear will be done here shortly. By the way, white DRZs ftw.
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    DRZ pics, lets see your Z

    A few recent changes. White grips... new 150/60 stone s20r rear (second one), and choco cat, plus stickers for more hp
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    DRZ pics with the best background landscape

    Fry's in San Jose. Best electronics store around. All store locations are themed differently.
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    I'm dumb need fcr help

    Try a test ride with the air box door removed. Any better?
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