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Old 05-05-2009, 11:53 AM   #1
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Need a shop for timing chain replacement

I have a 99 R6 that needs its timing chain replaced. I have bought all the parts (except for sprockets) because I was going to do it myself but have since decided to just let a shop do it. I live in cs and since there is only two motorcycle shops the prices are rediculous. At one shop there is only ONE mechanic, so he said it'll take like six hours. And yamaha wants 75 dollars at 9 hours to do it Someone PLEASE help me find a shop that can do this cheaper. I'm so close to just selling the bike it's unreal, any suggestions would be helpful
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Man there is quite a bit that goes in to replacing those parts, it's going to be expensive.

You can try Motorcycles Unlimited, they're in north Houston, but I can tell you this won't be cheap.
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how many miles on the bike? what makes you think it needs a timing chain?

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I was wanting to spend like 350 in labor, but I guess that isn't reasonable
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how many miles on the bike? what makes you think it needs a timing chain?

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You can hear the timing chain rattling at idle, and i'm not sure about the mileage. Maybe 27,000
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Try doing it yourself.... then that 9 hours labor will seem quite cheap.

And BTW... the tech isn't getting the $75@hour... if he is very experianced then he may be
making not quite half.
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Try doing it yourself.... then that 9 hours labor will seem quite cheap.
I think some friends and I are going to do it next weekend. The only thing I foresee being a problem is adjusting the valves.
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You can hear the timing chain rattling at idle, and i'm not sure about the mileage. Maybe 27,000

are you sure it just doesn't need a new tensioner
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I think some friends and I are going to do it next weekend. The only thing I foresee being a problem is adjusting the valves.
Good for you. If one of you is experianced with the dissasymbly and reassymbly and you have the proper tools, space and information there is
no reason you can't do it your selves. Be forewarned though, if you give up in the middle or get it back together and it isn't right don't be surprised
if it cost more then the original quoat to reassymble/repair it correctly.

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You can hear the timing chain rattling at idle, and i'm not sure about the mileage. Maybe 27,000
Tensioner???
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adj. the tensioner and see what happens.

Are you sure that rattle isnt the clutch.
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try the tensioner first, I would be surprised if it needs a chain
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I think some friends and I are going to do it next weekend. The only thing I foresee being a problem is adjusting the valves.
If you haven't ever done any work like this before, I would STRONGLY suggest letting a shop do it for you. You may pay a few hundred bucks in labor, but paying to have it done right the first time is a lot cheaper than having to pay someone to un-do the damage you may cause trying to replace it - and if you reassemble the motor with it a couplea teeth off you could bend valves.

If you've done motor work like this before, by all means have at it...but, like I said, if you haven't, this probably isn't a job to use as a 'learning experience'.


Besides, it's probably just the tensioner.
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If you haven't ever done any work like this before, I would STRONGLY suggest letting a shop do it for you. You may pay a few hundred bucks in labor, but paying to have it done right the first time is a lot cheaper than having to pay someone to un-do the damage you may cause trying to replace it - and if you reassemble the motor with it a couplea teeth off you could bend valves.

If you've done motor work like this before, by all means have at it...but, like I said, if you haven't, this probably isn't a job to use as a 'learning experience'.


Besides, it's probably just the tensioner.
Doesn't sound to me like the OP even knows what is wrong, he's just guessing.

I'd have someone who knows wtf they're doing take a listen to it, just going on a noise doesn't mean too much, there's lots of things in these bikes that can make noises.
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Doesn't sound to me like the OP even knows what is wrong, he's just guessing.

I'd have someone who knows wtf they're doing take a listen to it, just going on a noise doesn't mean too much, there's lots of things in these bikes that can make noises.
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True dat. I had an old Honda making a noise I thought was the chain tensioner. bought a new one, tore into it and found I had the wrong part. When putting it back together (with orig parts) I happened to shake the gas tank while installing it and I heard "the sound". Turned out to be a great big aluminum nail someone put in the gas tank.
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I've had many friends who are bike mechanics take a listen to it. With 27,000 miles on the bike it needs to be replaced anyway. If the valves have to be adjusted also, and i'm in the motor, what in the sense does it make not to replace the chain while i'm there? I have a friend who knows a lot about bikes that is going to help, two actually. Both have replaced timing chains/belts on cars, one has done it on a bike. Correct me if i'm wrong, but to those who posted "just change the tensioner" sound like fools to me. If the motor is taken apart, the valves need to adjusted, why would you just replace the tensioner and go on your way? The bike more than likely is high mileage, more than one mechanic has looked at it and says the timing chain is whats clanking. Also, to the person who says "sounds like the op doesn't even really know what the problem is" While at idle, you can hear a distinctive chain clanking noise so loud from ten yards away it's annoying. And, if the tensioner is up, and the chain has enough slack to be heard clanking from that far away, what does it tell you about the chains current state?
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Doesn't sound to me like the OP even knows what is wrong, he's just guessing.

I'd have someone who knows wtf they're doing take a listen to it, just going on a noise doesn't mean too much, there's lots of things in these bikes that can make noises.
I hope that paragraph shed some light on your ignorant statement

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