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    Columbus, GA

    Shredded Bearing?

    I have a 2001 GTX. Recently, it seized up while riding. Upon pulling the aft spark plug, there was a considerable build up of gold / bronze colored metal filings (picture attached), which I assume to be bearing. My question is such: does my assessment sound accurate and if so, is the lower unit salvageable? Do I risk damage to my cylinder?
    I am mechanically inclined when it comes to working on cars but, aside from doing the preventative maintenance on the ski, am a bit out of my element. I appreciate any advice!
    Columbus, GA
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    flyin' the friendly skies airbornexp's Avatar
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    Mahomet, Il. USA
    Welcome to GH!

    I think you are correct. I would pull the motor and take it apart. its really not as hard as it looks. just take your time and we all can help if you get stuck... that is what this forum is for. you can download a service manual from the top of the two stroke page as well

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    KrunchovXPL-GTX-RX's Avatar
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    Mar 2009
    Aiken, SC

    One of the rod bearings has failed and those shavings are probably bits of rod that has been spalled off in the process.

    As long as the cases were not damaged you can consider it a win. The crank is toast, becasue they are pressed together so that damage to any part of the crank constitutes damage to all of it.

    As far as the bore and the piston you will not know until you get they cylinder off.

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