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Need to know common causes of a Spun Bearing on 1998 Yamaha V-Star

We have a '98 V-Star recently purchased that suddenly spun a rod bearing after fifteen miles. It test drove fine. After 15 miles, however, It froze up the engine and we had to completely rebuild it. What might the cause of this be?

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Hi, Anonymous ouch !!!!!!!!!!!! that really sucks.This usually happens due to rod cap stretch during abusive driving situations. It can also happen due to a lack of lubrication, either because of a lack of oil or because oil is flowing incorrectly. It can also be caused by a combination of any (or all) of the three. For more information about your question and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need please click on the links below. Good luck and have a nice day.
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If replacing the piston pin bearing no splitting is needed. If replacing the crank pin bearing splitting is needed. You knew that I am sure but I had to clarify. The flywheel is held in place with one washer and a nut on the end of the crank. Timing is accomplished with a woodruff key on the shaft. Using a flywheel puller tool is the proper method. It is a simple and low cost tool and it sounds like you have enough knowledge of engines to need one now and in the future. In a worst case scenario, use a mallet, striking the flywheel on four points around the perimeter of the wheel and in an "outward" direction. With some luck the flywheel will pop loose.

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