Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Decision Time - Connecting Rod Snapped
Okay guys, I need a few thoughtful opinions.
I recently posted regarding the shift lever losing all gears and being completely loose, resulting in the bike being stuck in first. After checking my symptoms and reading through the wealth of knowledge here, I was pretty sure that the diagnosis was that the connecting rod between the the shift lever and shifter broke internally. After having a mechanic look over it, he couldn't say for 100%, but he thought I had nailed it with my diagnosis. I plan on draining the oil and pulling the engine cover in an attempt to see the broken linkage, but I doubt I'll be pleasantly surprised.
So, the opinion part here: It's my brother-in-law's bike, but his is, ironically, in Japan. As of right now he wants to have it fixed, but my local mechanic won't do that kind of work, and the local Kaw shop (aside from costing a fortune) won't touch it until winter (if at all - they previously had said they do work on older bikes during the offseason). From what I understand, it'd be better to buy a used engine than to pay someone to split the one on the bike (43,000 miles). I am, perhaps fool-heartedly, toying with the idea of attempting this on my own. I have little wrench experience really, but have a Clymers and a shop manual at my disposal. I did manage to re-jet the carbs and replace various cables without any issue, but this is obviously a whole other level of difficulty.
So my options:
1.) Suck it up and pay Mother Kawasaki a king's ransom to rebuild the motor OR replace the motor.
2.) Search for another mechanic with a good reputation and have them do the work to rebuild or replace the motor.
3.) Attempt an engine pull and minor rebuild with little prior experience (but a will to learn!).
4.) Convince my brother-in-law to sell what he has and move on.
Feel free to vote and comment!
1992 Vulcan 750
(Brother-in-law's bike, but am caretaker while deployed)
Re-Jetted (40, 135)
Rebuilt ACCTs (TOC kit)
1984 VF700 Magna
Last edited by hoff02; 09-21-2010 at 01:31 PM.