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My kx 125 1998will not start..i just bought the bike yesterday an the guy said it had a crankshaft seizure he rebuilt the top end suposively but he said he didnt have the right tool to replace the crank..what is all involved with part wise and how much would it cost?

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Just find yourself another motor, or send yours off to be rebuilt. Depending upon where you live will be how hard it is to find someone to rebuild the crank. If you can buy the whole crank assembly with the rod already on it, you may be able to get by with it.

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I have a 2004 kawasaki kx 125 the top end needs to be rebuilt it has been rebuilt one time already so what parts would i need to get is it hard to do or what

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sounds like a siezure, tear down the top end and inspect it!

hopefully its just the piston and not the crankshaft.

remove the piston and see if the rod has nice smooth movement, and no up and down movement on the big-end bearing

Now, you need to find out what caused the siezure, so you dont sieze it again after its rebuilt

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I recently rebuilt the topend on my son's 01 kx 100 new cylinder and all. The bike runs great at low to mid rpm but when up in the topend range of the power band it looses all power and runs very rough! My...

I'd bet you 10 to 1 it's not the coil. It sounds like it is starving for fuel and needs a carburetor adjustment. When you rebuilt the top end, did you put a bigger jug and piston? If so, your problem most definitely is the carburetor needs to be re-jetted.

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