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Old 01-08-2014, 10:44 PM   #1
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Does this look like a salvage yard motor?

I pulled the motor on my bike to repair the transmission. I noticed this circle of white paint on the rear of the motor - see picture. It looks like something a salvage yard would do. Could it be from the manufacturer? Is there an easy way to tell if the motor serial number matches to the VIN?

I know that I'm at least the third owner of the bike. I've put 18K of street and a few track miles on the bike, so it really doesn't matter now, but that marking made me curious.
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I pulled the motor on my bike to repair the transmission. I noticed this circle of white paint on the rear of the motor - see picture. It looks like something a salvage yard would do. Could it be from the manufacturer? Is there an easy way to tell if the motor serial number matches to the VIN?

I know that I'm at least the third owner of the bike. I've put 18K of street and a few track miles on the bike, so it really doesn't matter now, but that marking made me curious.
Manufactures normally use white paint when marking parts. If there was a # next to it it could be salvaged. Not like it matters though. Why not run the vin on the engine case to see if it matches the vin on the frame?
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Manufactures normally use white paint when marking parts.
I guess that's what it is then. It looks like it was made with a white paint pen. I hadn't seen that before. Thanks.

Now I've gotta get to work before too many track days pass me by.
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I guess that's what it is then. It looks like it was made with a white paint pen. I hadn't seen that before. Thanks.

Now I've gotta get to work before too many track days pass me by.
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I'll let you know when I'm ready to tear into the tranny - It'll be my first. I figure I'm going to check the valve clearance again. It oughta be a lot easier with the engine out.
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I'll let you know when I'm ready to tear into the tranny - It'll be my first. I figure I'm going to check the valve clearance again. It oughta be a lot easier with the engine out.
Cool! Thanks.
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^^ What he said about the white paint. I have it on mine too. What issues are you having with your transmission?
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It sometimes will shift into neutral instead of second, or shifts into second, but slips out again. It is a known issue on my year and model bike. I like to be able to replace the shift drum and have a N123456 shift pattern instead of a 1N23456 pattern, but I don't think those are available (at least not at a price I'm willing to pay). I think they make them for Harley's because there's so many out there.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:40 AM   #9
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You are doing forks too right?
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If you are going to do the shift drum, go ahead and replace the shift forks too. The gears castle teeth may also cause that. So inspect it for shinny spots on the edges. On the mating side insid the gear, they could also be worn out. If you start tearing into the tranny, you are going to need and assortment of ring pliers. So be prepared. Its all easy stuff as long as you have the right tools.

I fixed a few trannies in the past. My CBR900RR had a bent fork, and the drum chipped as well as the 2nd gear castles were worn and the mating gear was also worn as described above. It seems when one piece in the tranny goes, it takes others with it.
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Yep.
Manufactures do that too
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