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Old 07-14-2010, 10:50 AM   #1
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Mad props and great work, thanks!!!!

After pulling some standard not-so-smart moves (long story), I blew the motor in my track bike. Sam and Chris from Sam's Motorcycles immediately went to work to find some suitable parts so that they could rebuild my motor. Unfortunately, we couldn't get all the parts together in time for the next track event... so Sam got to work right away and found me a great motor with only 1100 miles!
Chris then spent about 4 hours after work installing my new engine and trouble shooting the systems so that the bike is ready for this weekend.

Big props to Chris and Sam, I really appreciate the help! Sam's Motorcycles is a great resource for all things motorcycle!
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:23 AM   #2
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Old 07-14-2010, 04:28 PM   #3
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Nice work! Glad yall were about to square Tom away. He looked terrible at Cresson... was very crabby too. Bitchy is more like it.
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Nice work! Glad yall were about to square Tom away. He looked terrible at Cresson... was very crabby too. Bitchy is more like it.


props to Romeo and gang for getting you buttoned up Tom!
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if you dont mind me asking...what did you do to blow the motor?
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if you dont mind me asking...what did you do to blow the motor?
Well, he got down on his knee(s) beside the bike and...

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if you dont mind me asking...what did you do to blow the motor?
Staton was right.

The engine blew because I didn't have my gauges hooked up and couldn't monitor the temperature. It was me being lazy/ stupid. All it took was for me to spend $30 on a part and I could have known that the bike was over-heating.

Instead, I continued to say, "oh, I'll get that part before the next race weekend/ track day/ Christmas..." and I never did. While riding at TWS (Texas World Speedway) the bike started overheating and I kept riding it until the lower radiator hose blew off the water pump. Once that happened, the damage was done and after I cooled off the engine I refilled the coolant went out to ride again. On lap number two the bike was running poorly, overheating again (I didn't know it), and then started to smoke.
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thats good to know. Seems like when I ride track, my engine temp is higher than normal than on the street. Like running around 225-230 sometimes when I pit in...not while its on the track though. Mine seems to cool off when the fan runs a little.

After hearing about your engine Tom..im gonna flush my coolant. lol
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thats good to know. Seems like when I ride track, my engine temp is higher than normal than on the street. Like running around 225-230 sometimes when I pit in...not while its on the track though. Mine seems to cool off when the fan runs a little.

After hearing about your engine Tom..im gonna flush my coolant. lol
Good idea, and make sure you "burp" the system too after you're done.

Your temps sound normal for most inline water cooled 4's. The fan should kick on at about 220* and will fluctuate at bit while the thermostat keeps things circulating between engine/ radiator. A sustained value > ~235* seems to be a "magic" number for over-heating. 240* + is muy malo IMHO, bike dependant I guess.
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Use water wetter or engine ice as well. Its a lot easier to clean off the track too.
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Use water wetter or engine ice as well. Its a lot easier to clean off the track too.
Engine Ice is glycol based, don't use that on the track. Water Wetter is all good though.
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:08 PM   #13
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oh , you let a dude that blew up his own motor work on yours? good luck Tom!
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