[SV650] Greetings and questions
DBSS_Gohan at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 6 00:17:32 PDT 2009
What would cause the freeze plug to go?
From: "Randy Grein" <randygrein at comcast.net>
Sent: Monday, July 06, 2009 12:56 AM
To: "Suzuki SV650 Mailing List" <sv650 at micapeak.com>
Subject: Re: [SV650] Greetings and questions
> Assuming it's a head gasket. Could just be the freeze plugs. A few
> years ago I stupidly forgot that my streetbike was a track bike
> conversion and hadn't added antifreeze. Pop the valve cover gaskets
> and check; the plugs are right under there.
> Randy Grein, WMRRA #41
> On Jul 5, 2009, at 9:24 PM, John Treadwell wrote:
>> Bigger problem I just noticed. The oil looks like a milkshake. And
>> My coolant is down 1/4th of the way in the radiator, as yesterday...
>> it was almost full.
>> Blown headgasket.
>> Does anyone have any idea how much it typically cost to get one
>> replaced? I figure it can't be too hard to do on this, if it's the
>> rear cylinder. If it's the front it will be harder. I won't be able
>> to work on it and get the compression test results until Wednesday
>> now, as some things came up. But I'm wondering if I could get a good
>> deal on getting a majority of these things fixed... like the
>> headgasket, some oil leaks... chain and sprokets and tires.... I'm
>> imagining the price list for the parts will be something like this...
>> Sprockets front and back - 60
>> Chain - 60
>> Headgasket - 50
>> Seals - 20
>> Tires - 260-300 installed from a stealership
>> (Does anyone know If you can get better deals on tires online?)
>> Anyone have any idea what labor might cost me on these things If I
>> have someone else do it?
>> Looking at the diagrams, it doesent look too difficult to pull the
>> heads, and I probably need to for valve adjustments anyway, But I
>> just wonder if it would be more worth my time to let someone else do
>> the work instead. But It might cost far too much and I need to do it
>> myself. lol
>> Looks like the carbs are at least less of a worry than before.
>> Thanks again,
>> From: "Randy Grein" <randygrein at comcast.net>
>> Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2009 9:38 PM
>> To: "Suzuki SV650 Mailing List" <sv650 at micapeak.com>
>> Subject: Re: [SV650] Greetings and questions
>>> Sounds like you still have crud in the gas. If it was sitting that
>>> long you may need to drain the float bowels a few times if any
>>> water is collecting. Also check the air filter & make sure
>>> something isn't nesting there. The right side cover, if it's from
>>> the outer cover is an o ring; if the last owner pinched it it will
>>> leak like anything. If you try to replace it clean the groove of
>>> oil & put a bit of grease in it - sticky wheel grease is good - to
>>> hold the o ring in place while installing. You might as well drain
>>> the oil at the same time; that way you can replace the washer
>>> under the drain plug. I'm guilty as anyone of not replacing it,
>>> but they don't reuse well.
>>> The loud clicking sounds bad - broken wheel bearing maybe? Grab
>>> the wheel & back end and push/pull it hard sideways; if you can
>>> feel any slop don't ride it - at all! A loose chain has nothing to
>>> do with the general lack of torque, that's still your carburation
>>> problem. At least it idles but the choke (really it's an
>>> enrichener circuit, not choke) cable needs to be cleaned. You can
>>> still find a cable lube kit at some bike shops, the heart of the
>>> system is a blue anodized fixture with a twist knob to clamp
>>> around a cable end. A hole in the rubber accepts the spray nozzle
>>> of a lubricant can like WD-40 and is great for cleaning and lubing
>>> cables. You will have to disassemble the left handlebar switch,
>>> but it's not a big deal.
>>> Good luck...
>>> Randy Grein, WMRRA #41
>>> On Jul 5, 2009, at 5:36 PM, John Treadwell wrote:
>>>> Well, I got the gas in it, and the carbs cleaned, and it runs a
>>>> bit better. It will rev past 5/6k now, but sometimes it gets a
>>>> little hesitation as it's approaching it. I suppose the gas needs
>>>> to run through it a bit, but I've got an oil leak from the right
>>>> side of the bike, around the larger engine cover over there....
>>>> Possibly at one of the plugs on the bottom as well. I'd like to
>>>> fix those, as theres quite a bit of oil leaking. I'm going to do
>>>> a quick wheel alignment, and chain tension, as my brakes on the
>>>> back seem to engage too early, And I'm getting a loud clicking
>>>> from the back as I take off. Also, the bike doesent seem to want
>>>> to have enough torque to take off from the lower rev range, I've
>>>> gotta feather the clutch, and rev it up too long I think, But I'm
>>>> thinking that could just be really loose chain tension.
>>>> The front tire looks cupped from what I can tell. I need to check
>>>> air pressures. I torched and hammered out the kickstand itself a
>>>> little bit, and now I'm thinking about bending the mounting piece
>>>> a bit, or continuing to whack on the kick stand itself.... the
>>>> bike will lean now... but it's still leaning a little too much
>>>> for my comfort. So I'm gonna go throw that bracket in my vice,
>>>> and see if I can bend it out a little.
>>>> Also... the bike will idle however I want it to now... The choke
>>>> works now.. it didn't when I got it. The choke is a little...
>>>> hard to pull though. I am going to check plugs and compression
>>>> here in a few minutes as well. I'll report back with those
>>>> findings as well.
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