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  1. and obviously air cooled is not a better running technology then watercooled because then it would be no every bike instead of having to make more modifications and waste more money time and weight into radiators and water pumps etc. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HUH??
  2. Thanks for the last part. I did a compression check and it seems normal, and it runs fine with no noise. so I think I'm going to run it. I plan to put 150-200 miles on it this wk end. I will post something if I have a problem with it. thanks Eric
  3. Yeah. I put a few miles on it, like 15. I really hope it is OK. I feel pretty dumb about the whole thing. I ran into a couple of issues with the rebuilt head that got me side tracked and took my attention away from the most basic things. I'm not not trying to shift the blame ,but that did happen.
  4. I Went back and checked cam timing and it was a tooth off:foul:. A bone head mistake made because I rushed myself while putting things back together. Surprising to see how easy it started up even when being out of time. I think I got off easy though, seems I could've bent my new valves. Thanks for looking, Eric
  5. I just had the head rebuilt with new Intake valves and 4 new springs. When running now, it has a very noticable tapping or snapping sound from the intake side of the head (pin-pointed with a stethoscope). I have checked the valve clearences so many times, that I am positive it 's not that. I am suspicious of the auto decompressor giving me some kind of problem, because when I got the head back,the bolt that holds it to the cam was loose and I didn't notice it until I tried to start it and it was very difficult to turn over. Any thoughts will be appreciated. Eric:bonk:
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    Stainless valve clearance ??

    Thats what I think too. But that leaves me wondering about the rest of the work that they did. Shimming was probably the most non-technical part of the whole job:bonk:
  7. I just got my head back from the machine shop. I had them rebuild it with new Stainless intakes, new springs and retainers and reuse the stock exhaust valves. It looks beautiful. I also had them shim for valve clearance , so I could come home and just bolt it back on. But when I checked the clearance, exhaust measured at .011" ( which is normal) but new intakes measured at .012" ( should be .006") Both Intakes Seem to be the same so it appears that it was put that way intentionally. My question is; do SS valves need more clearance? Thanks for any input. Eric
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    SS valve clearance

    I just got my head back from the machine shop. I had them rebuild it with new Stainless intakes, new springs and retainers and reuse the stock exhaust valves. It looks beautiful. I also had them shim for valve clearance , so I could come home and just bolt it back on. But when I checked the clearance, exhaust measured at .011" ( which is normal) but new intakes measured at .012" ( should be .006") Both Intakes Seem to be the same so it appears that it was put that way intentionally. My question is; do SS valves need more clearance? Thanks for any input. Eric
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    Mid Pipe Material?

    Im pretty sure its just a low grade stainless steel, like 409
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    450X witha TRX450 Piston and rings + 17 oz flywheel

    "Bullet Proof and Tractor Like" I like that:thumbsup:
  11. My 450X has a Ca. plate and I use it on dual sport rides. The last organized ride I did, there was about 40 riders and 35 of them were KTMs, 1 Husky, 1Suzuki and 3 Hondas. Some of these KTM guys (not all) looked down on me and my CRF. On the paved sections is the only place they had a distinct advantage(6th gear), in fact, I would much rather be on my CRF in the tight single track we also saw on this ride. I have more faith in Honda than any Euro bike and that means more confidence that it will bring me back to the camp (or home). without a problem. I wish Honda would make a Street legal 450X that was fuel injected (for the high altitude) with a 6th gear that weighs about 250 lbs. Anyway, thats my "Dream bike", Whats yours?? Eric
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    Finally had to shim a valve!

    The guy at the parts counter may not have known what a set of calipers were.
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    2005 450x no start

    While pushing the starter button tap on the starter housing (use a long socket extension or something similar), If that helps than the brushes are worn.
  14. Thanks Justin good info and nice pic. The thing I would really like to know is: Has anyone had to do an adjustment and then put some significant time on the motor without more problems. My last dualsport ride was almost 600 miles. I'd like to know if I have a few more of these rides left in this top end?? Thanks for any input, Eric
  15. I've watched the my valve clearances pretty closely and never had to do anything to them, but after a long dual sport ride last weekend my motor became hard to start, showing all the signs that everbody talks about when the valve clearence tightens up. And sure enough the left intake was so tight that I could'nt get the smallest feeler gauge I had in there. I've always been real careful about keeping the air filter clean and sealed to the airbox and I try not to rev it beyond a reasonable RPM for any lenth of time. I always thought that once a valve adjustment was required, that meant some part of the valve assembly was starting to fail (valve or seat)?? Because nothing in there should move. Right? Any way I would like to know what other people think about this. Is a a valve job in my near future? Thanks, Eric P.S. It was .3 mm out of spec
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