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XR 600 valves

Recently bought a 1990 XR 600. Did not want to stay running so I took to the shop. They identified as a 25% leak down problem. I gave the nod to inspect further. Came back as hammered and rode hard with the valves being wasted, both intake and exhaust. Cost to repair 850.00. Paid 600.00 for bike and 100.00 for DMV. Is there a way to save on the 850.00 or is this a very technical fix. We are mechanically inclined, but know very little about the inside of an engine, especially the valves. What do you recommend? I think the shop is very honest. Just wondering how to keep this fix from going too close to 2000.00 as I still need a exhaust spark arrestor and back tire. Any help or ideas!

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Go to the site below and download a free service manual. You can determine for yourself how involved the project will be, based on your ability. Your manual is near the bottom of the Yamaha list.

It sounds like the cylinder head is pretty well beat. I would suggest you put a different head on the bike. Google " motorcycle salvage honda ". Find a salvage head there. You may want to pick up a cylinder also because if the head is that beat then the cylinder has probably been bored several times in the past and has limited lifespan. Don't forget the spark arrestor.

If you pull the beaten head off, the shop will need to do the valves anyway. That's the main cost. Just switching heads is something you can probably do with a manual at hand. When you are on the web, check out the cost of the whole engine. Now you have spare parts galore > clutch, shafts, gears, shift forks, kick start, etc.. Your bike is nearly 20 years old. Parts get harder to find as time goes by.

Granted that you are buying somewhat blind, so try to get in verbal contact with the seller. You want to be confident in the purchase. Chances are you can get an entire engine for $300 to $400 plus shipping. Also consider selling the bike on an "as is, where is " basis. This would give you a chance to cut your losses. I know you have some pretty tough decisions to make and I hope these thoughts and ideas will help you in those decisions.

Please rate this solution. Thanks rayzee2000!

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

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