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ThatoneDRZguy

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  1. ThatoneDRZguy

    Head is scored, now what?

    It lives! Got it all set. Runs great, valve train seems to be as loud as normal. Took it out on a nice 70 mile ride around town and no problems. Thanks everyone for your help! Steve
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    Head is scored, now what?

    Ok so. As we sit I found a local shop here in Sarasota to hon the cam journals. Price was comparable to everyone else (150$) They honed then out and the cams turn great, and there is no play. I got the valves into spec myself. The bike burned a bit of oil before this all happened so I decided while I had it torn down it would be a good time to change the piston rings. As it has a stock piston I had to order them from suzuki. They arrive tomorrow ! I got the e model base gasket for the extra pep. Got an appointment at 2 tomorrow to get the cyl honed and have new seals put in for the valves. I'll be assembling tomorrow night. Anybody know any good threads for cam timing?? Thanks and stay tuned for a final update by the end of the weekend. Steve
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    Bleeding brakes

    Hard to say because my view of "springy" may be different from yours but I would say if it feels at all "spongy" more than likely there is some air in the lines. Do you feel any vibration or anything that would indicate a warped rotor? Are the brakes dragging to indicate a stuck caliper? Steve
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    anybody recognize this pipe?

    Yeah I would agree that the shape is the same. It very well could be but its the symbol on the back that throws me. Thats a good idea, I think I'll do that.
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    anybody recognize this pipe?

    The PO put this on the bike and its stupid loud. Just wondering what it is. thanks, thatoneDRZguy
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    Head is scored, now what?

    When I spoke to FastHeads on the phone I didn't really understand what they where talking about doing. I did however get from the conversation that they where not going to use a brass insert like the guys at engine dynamics. I sent them a photo of the head, and hey where supposed to call me back but I did not hear from them (friday afternoon they where probably busy). I had planned on asking them to explain when they called back. As far as the valves to they both said that they would check them out and see if they needed any attention as well. Hope this clears things up thatoneDRZguy
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    Head is scored, now what?

    Ok so, update. I have called fast heads and engine dynamics and both have quoted me for repairing the head. They are looking at pictures of the head that I sent them to see if its feasible for them to make the repairs. Both have offered to repair the head. They however have offered to do it in two different ways. The gentleman at engine dynamics says that he will machine the cap and head will insert a brass sleeve. The people over at fast heads plan to machine the the head and change the clearance (without a sleeve) as I understand. The prices are as follows fast heads-$107 engine dynamics- <$200 Also engine dynamics offered to do a valve adjustment for $60 (I already have shims and everything to do it though, should I just do it myself?) It would seem to me (a total laymen) that engine dynamics has a better repair to offer for a minimal monetary increase. Anybody want to weigh in here? Im going to start disassembly now and will check back and decide where to send the head. Thanks, thatoneDRZguy
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    Head is scored, now what?

    This one is a little clearer.
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    Head is scored, now what?

    I'll attach a better picture. I'm not really sure what happened. The bike has oil in it. The cam cap bolts where totally loose when I pulled the valve cover. The cap had 1/8 inch of play in it . So I guess I'm lucky the whole thing didn't grenade. Im guessing that hole next to where the bolt goes in is what supplies the oil? That really does make me feel better. I tried calling the shop that William recommended but they must be closed for the day. They are out in California so I was hoping to catch them before they left, but I will have to wait until tomorrow. Going to be a long wait on eastern time Do you guys know if all the DRZ heads are interchangeable? For example will any head from any year fit my bike? btw thanks for the help!
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    Head is scored, now what?

    Thanks for replying. Do you think that having my current head repaired will produce a reliable head? Do you have any idea of the cost?
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    Head is scored, now what?

    So the other day the DRZ started ticking a lot louder than usual so I pulled the valve cover off to see what the problem was. Pulled the valve cover and the cam cap had worked loose. I dug a little deeper and found that the play in the cam had damaged the area that it rides in. Sorry if its not the right term. The exhaust valve clearances where way off, guessing because of the damage. So thats whats wrong. Now how do I fix it? Obviously I have a new head in my future (can't machine these things right?). My local stealership says that suzuki USA is on backorder "until further notice." So guys what do I do? Should I find another stock one on ebay or something and just swap it out? Is it close in price to upgrade this thing? If it is feasible what do I do? Help a brother out?? thatoneDRZguy
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    Cam cap worked loose?

    I appreciate the reply, and I was kind of thinking the same thing. All the bolts where able to tighten down to the correct torque without stripping so my guess would be that he just didn't tighten them down fully when he was last in there. Which is crazy to think about because I've put about 1k on the bike since I got it. Once i get the shims in I'll get the clearances set and report back with the findings. thanks again
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    Cam cap worked loose?

    Ok guys, So let me first say this is my first post and thank you guys for the wealth of knowledge available on the website. I have looked around and didn't find anything to suit my particular situation. So heres what happened. Yesterday I fitted some new tires on on my DRZ and took it out for a ride. As I pulled out on the main road I noticed a new, MUCH louder ticking than the "normal" valve train sound. I limped in back to my house and got to work pulling it apart. Upon removing the valve cover I discovered that the one of the cam caps (hopefully the right term) was loose, like very loose. It was the exhaust side cap and the bolts on the left were the loose ones ( the cap had approx 1/8in play). I retightened the loose bolts and checked the valve clearance heres what I found. exhaust left .483 intake left .178 exhaust right .102 intake right .102 As you can see both exhaust gaps are way out of spec. Especially the one under the loose bolts. I ordered a shim kit to try and get them back into spec. I guess the real question here is do you guys think something else is messed up? What could cause that cap to come loose (previous owner not tightening down right?)? Any help or opinions are appreciated. Thanks, thatoneDRZguy (also I put the bike back together to see how it would sound. The super loud tick is gone. But the valve train still sounds a little more noisy than normal.)
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    Out of the ordinary ticking

    Ok guys, So let me first say this is my first post and thank you guys for the wealth of knowledge available on the website. I have looked around and didn't find anything to suit my particular situation. So heres what happened. Yesterday I fitted some new tires on on my DRZ and took it out for a ride. As I pulled out on the main road I noticed a new, MUCH louder ticking than the "normal" valve train sound. I limped in back to my house and got to work pulling it apart. Upon removing the valve cover I discovered that the one of the cam caps (hopefully the right term) was loose, like very loose. It was the exhaust side cap and the bolts on the left were the loose ones ( the cap had approx 1/8in play). I retightened the loose bolts and checked the valve clearance heres what I found. exhaust left .483 intake left .178 exhaust right .102 intake right .102 As you can see both exhaust gaps are way out of spec. Especially the one under the loose bolts. I ordered a shim kit to try and get them back into spec. I guess the real question here is do you guys think something else is messed up? What could cause that cap to come loose (previous owner not tightening down right?)? Any help or opinions are appreciated. Thanks, thatoneDRZguy (also I put the bike back together to see how it would sound. The super loud tick is gone. But the valve train still sounds a little more noisy than normal.)
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    Suzuki DR-Z400S (2003)

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    Love the bike. Tons of fun and easy to work on.
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