[SV650] Greetings and questions

Chris Burgess chris at chrisburgess.com
Mon Jul 6 09:20:35 PDT 2009


Its not a head gasket.  If it was all of the water in your system would be
blown out the radiator into the reserve tank and then out that tank.

-Chris

On Sun, Jul 5, 2009 at 9:56 PM, Randy Grein <randygrein at comcast.net> wrote:

> 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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