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Old 01-04-2009, 11:28 PM   #1
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Flooded bike question

What kind of damage would I expect from a flooded bike?
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Old 01-04-2009, 11:31 PM   #2
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How long under?
Salt or fresh?
How deep?
How long since flood?
Anything done to try to offset damage (like oil in spark plug holes drain water/oil from crankcase, etc)?
How many cylinders?
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How long under?
Salt or fresh?
How deep?
How long since flood?
Anything done to try to offset damage (like oil in spark plug holes drain water/oil from crankcase, etc)?
How many cylinders?
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if it was being given to me i would take it, but i would not pay for it unless i have all electronics handy for the entire bike (sensors, harness, etc) as the salt water will play havoc on every single plug on the bike even if the engine is perfectly fine.
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The intakes are high on a bike... consider that. If we're talking salt, that may mean rust and poor continuity on many electrical components.

FI? Sportbike?

throw out the air filter, dry up the air box and lub the throttle plates, make sure they move easily.

If the computer got wet(likely if it was infact flooded) it may need to be replaced. Check the fuses, they can blow as well. Remove the spark plugs and try to crank it over. Get all the water out. If the starter doesn't kick, put the bike in gear and try to turn the engine incase the rings are rusting. Dry out the cylinder best as possible.

Water takes the oil film off from the cylinder bore, so you lose all compression. spray H2000 into the holes, replace the spark plugs and put a battery charger(after replacing battery, likely also) and begin cranking. It will take a while and if you dont take apart the exhaust to drain the water it will take even longer to get it going and to keep it going. Once it starts firing, you may need to hold the throttle up at 3k for a while. If it doesn't run half way decent, you may have a bent rod.

Same works for cars. Many unknowing insurance adjusters will junk an engine cuz it doesn't have compression due to the water getting in there and have little understanding on how it works. Hydrolock doesn't always mean a rod is bent.

If it runs decently, kill it, flush the oil since water got into it. You may need to do it again after it warms up if there was alot of water.


Stunt bike, sure. But as mentioned above, you are going to be putting alot of time into this one.
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Hmm, you can expect corrosion everywhere, including the wire harness.
The carbs/injectors will need some attention and the cylinders/rings will likely be in rough shape.
The crank bearings and gearbox might be ok since they had oil on them but IMHO the whole bike is gonna need some serious TLC.
Also, gotta think about the frame. Most have small holes to vent the interior of the tubes so eventually there will be corrosion in there as well.
Wheel bearings could be in trouble, maybe not.
Steering head bearings same thing.
Exhaust system will evaporate over the next few years.

If this is something you are thinking of buying and keeping I would consider passing it up.
If you are looking to fix and sell, do what you think is right.
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