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    My ski always works sometimes... griffin55's Avatar
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    It's alive - GP1200R rebuild

    My ski is finally back together and in working order. I shredded a rod bearing on the last ride of the season last year (It became the last ride of the year anyway). I decided to put it away for the winter because it didn't make sense to me to fix it and then put it right into storage. So I waited to rebuild this Spring.

    All of the credit goes to krispaintballz (and to his girlfriend for putting up with it). He did the build - I just tried to learn something along the way. Kris definitely knows what he's doing.

    Here's what was done:

    crank rebuild - trued and welded
    cylinder redone by Millenium
    New PRO-X piston (#1 piston)
    carb rebuild
    put it all back together with new seals and bearings

    I had some miscellaneous stuff done as well:

    return to stock sound suppression
    replace corner rub rails
    R&D ride plate

    The ride plate install is on hold because one of the bolts is spinning. I'm waiting on new insert brackets.

    Once parts were in, Kris moved fast.

    Motor was built on Saturday.

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    It went in on Sunday.

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    I was riding on Monday. I was able to get 2 hours of break-in done. We got hit by a cold front, so I have to wait until next week finish. It's running better than ever right now, just in time for peak riding in Wisconsin.


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    congrats! I had the same problem last year and am ready to put my motor in as well ( just needs pressure test)

    Did you premix the first tank in addition with the oil injection or are you just premix?

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    Thanks and good luck with your build.

    I am not pre-mix right now. Yes, extra oil was added to the gas tank for the break in.

    I have the HO steering nozzle on the way too. Still have the original plastic one from 2000.
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    How much did you mix in the tank? 1 ounce to every gal?

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    I was told "a couple glugs". That's a technical term on the racing circuit.

    If you do a unit conversion that's about 1/2 quart to a full tank

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    Quote Originally Posted by griffin55 View Post
    I was told "a couple glugs". That's a technical term on the racing circuit.

    If you do a unit conversion that's about 1/2 quart to a full tank


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    I was able to get out for a while yesterday and almost made it through the first tank.
    It was a nice day.

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    My ride plate insert brackets came in, so those were installed last night. Thanks again Kris!

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    Here's my stock nozzle and plate. Sorry for the bad pic, but you can see a big silicone glob coming out on the right side (by the drain plug). It looks like the previous owner decided to ignore the spinning bolt and seal it up with silicone to prevent leaks.

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    After pic with the SHO nozzle and new plate

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    Not Again!

    So, I went camping at a resort where I can beach my ski the whole time. Everything felt great on the ski. I got 63 on the GPS.

    On the last day while loading up to go home, my idle was low (~500 rpm) and I had to hold the throttle a little too keep it running long enough to get back to the launch. On the trailer it fired up and sounded fine of course.

    So, while changing the plugs I did a compression test and I got 30-105-105!!!

    Head is coming off. Hopefully, I'll know what's going on in the next day or two. This sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by griffin55 View Post
    So, I went camping at a resort where I can beach my ski the whole time. Everything felt great on the ski. I got 63 on the GPS.

    On the last day while loading up to go home, my idle was low (~500 rpm) and I had to hold the throttle a little too keep it running long enough to get back to the launch. On the trailer it fired up and sounded fine of course.

    So, while changing the plugs I did a compression test and I got 30-105-105!!!

    Head is coming off. Hopefully, I'll know what's going on in the next day or two. This sucks.
    That sucks. Was it the same one? Maybe there was another problem that wasnt caught while it was apart? Was that the front or rear cyl that went bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus13letter View Post
    That sucks. Was it the same one? Maybe there was another problem that wasnt caught while it was apart? Was that the front or rear cyl that went bad?
    Yes, cylinder - #1. I don't have an update yet. Kris is working on it, but the heat wave we had slowed things down considerably.

    It didn't appear to be lean at least, which makes sense with the extra oil in the break in tank.

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