[SV650] Greetings and questions

KC Gager kc at brgracing.com
Mon Jul 6 07:33:07 PDT 2009

Hey Randy 
I know you know how to spell ass of you and me..... :-)
Pull the valve covers and look at the freeze plugs. If you can use a
pressure tester on the radiator. Bering it up to 20 psi and leave it sit for
30 minutes or so, see if you get any water out around the freeze plugs or
after draining the oil see if you get any water out of the cranks case.
Crank it over and see if you get water out of the spark plug holes too.

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-----Original Message-----
From: sv650-bounces at micapeak.com [mailto:sv650-bounces at micapeak.com] On
Behalf Of Randy Grein
Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2009 9:57 PM
To: Suzuki SV650 Mailing List
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,
> --John
> --------------------------------------------------
> 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.
>>> Thanks,
>>> --John
>> <snip>

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