I have a good-running 82.
I've put about 12k miles on it since May.
Seems rock-solid and I love it.
I wouldn't hesitate to drive it across the USA tomorrow, except for the oil usage.
Right now, I'm putting the better part of a quart in it every 300 miles (every two tanks when I'm on a trip).http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic. ... alve+seals
I read that thread ^.
I've been toying with getting yet another replacement engine. http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic. ... 98#p425598 http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=39920
The engine presently installed needed some work.
I only pulled the LH head, due to a VC bolt snapped off. Reconfig'd my good RH head and viola.
It had normal-looking cylinder walls, but they were smooth, no evidence left of any cross-hatching.
So, I assume this engine had high mileage. I did nothing mechanical to it other than a new LH HG and transferred my new WP to it.
I have the luxury of time this winter.
My options are get another engine and go through it, install new HG's and new valve guide seals.
Lap the valves while I am at it. Maybe a light cylinder wall honing with the pistons bottomed out.
The problem with that option is the unknown factor of "another engine", and its cost + parts.
Or, I could leave my present engine installed.
Replace the valve guide seals with the heads in place.
And hope that the rings aren't the reason why it burns so much oil.
One cylinder's spark plug gets very fouled with goo.
I can tell when it's getting fouled because the idle falters.
The other plugs look nice and tan/brown.
Opinions? Suggestions? Cheap/good engines? (I saw the one FS in Scottsdale, AZ)
I just might buy this one on the 26th, depends on the price, 60k miles. I'm driving past that exit anyway....http://morgantown.craigslist.org/mcy/3458520030.html
It's still in the frame and he wants $350. Not sure how much "bike" that includes, likely all of it.
I'll get back home on the 28th, I've been in SW Pa since 11/16, bike-less.
I think I'll be doing a compression check; will that help the decision process?
Squirt oil = increased psi = bad rings?
Of course, that is AFTER I see the engine in WV.
I think I should pass on it for now, can still grab it later, after the compression check.