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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-11-2016, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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What are my options?

So I finally got around to giving my bike a good wash down and I found a crack in my case. So I am thinking my options are to 1) Drop the engine from my bike and have the cracks welded. or 2) Buy an engine off of ebay. What do you guys think? Would it be bad to ride around with that crack for the summer then get an engine during the winter?



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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-13-2016, 09:18 AM
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I've got an extra S2R 800 engine that you can have a cheap cheap price!
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I'd say to get a new (used) engine from someone, as the best combination and cheap and easy.
Another option, and the cheapest if you're mechanically inclined, would be to get a new engine case and replace that on this engine.
I would not weld it. I would *not* ride it for the summer and do it later.

How long have you had this bike? Has it been crashed, to your knowledge? You might want to look carefully for any other damage, and do a little research on the bike's history.

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The engines on these things vibrate a lot. If you keep riding it like that, it will put additional stress on the other mounting points. If you can find another engine, I'd go with that. Otherwise, I'd remove it and have it welded by a good TIG welder; I knew a guy who did that with a stunt bike and the weld held up very well at a mounting point.
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I've got an extra S2R 800 engine that you can have a cheap cheap price!
How much do you want for it?
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$500 + shipping
Can you get me a shipping quote? It is in good running shape, right? You only pulled it to do a swap to a 1100?
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As a comparison, a riding buddy of mine bought an 04 M1000S and found the same crack. His didn't go all the way into the case.
He found a top notch aluminum welder and had to remove the engine, take it to the guy, then pick it up and install it in the bike. Still cost him over $400. Welder told him it could easily have been worse if he got in there and found the crack went through the case.
$500 for a good condition engine sounds like a good deal.

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My dad and my brother are both welder/fabricators. They can weld this easy and for free. I would prefer getting this engine from fch99.
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Should be about $150 in the ConUS.

The engine runs great - pulled for 1100 as you said.
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