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    2000 SUV Engine rebuild questions

    I bought a 2000 SUV recently knowing it had a bad motor, hence paying 800 bucks for it. It has compression 120/5/90, and i am working on taking the motor out and disassembling it. As ive been taking it apart everything has been really clean, no shaving, no excess oil in anything, my guess so far is that the 2 cylinders have bad rings, or are on their way out. This is my first time really tearing into a 2 stroke motor and trying to trouble shoot as i go. If my cylinder walls are good, is there a good way to check the crank shaft while its in the engine or does it need to come out? Is it suggested to do a whole rebuild while i have everything apart, or if the crank is good and just go ahead with the top end rebuild?

    One last thing is I live in the D/FW area in Texas and if i need to have my cylinders honed/bored out, are there any recommended shops to give a call?

    Thanks for any input and tips.


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    How many hours are on the ski?

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    251 hours

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    You can check the crank. It needs to come out to properly check it, and you probably want to replace the crank seals. Its really easy, plenty of diy guides. The service manual has the specs and how to check the crank. If it is no good, you pretty much have two options in my opinion. Either rebuild it with all aftermarket parts for really cheap, or go the expensive but reliable oem route.

    Partzilla.com has some ridiculous deals on WSM parts, and I honestly would have gone that route if I could go back and do my rebuild again. OEM is nice, but it costs so much it almost isn't worth it. So many variables that can cause a ski to fail in the long run. Just my opinion though.

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    To remove the crank i have to split the case correct? i was reading from one of your posts earlier that it isn't too terrible a problem. Do you know how reliable the aftermarket parts are comparably to OEM?

    Thanks for the input already. wasn't expecting a whole lot real quick.

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    yes you have to split the cases, not a big deal. if you can, stick with oem.

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    Alrighty, sounds like i have a busy morning tomorrow, the OEM parts seem to be double and even triple the price of the parts on other sites i have seen. Thanks again for the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bchell View Post
    Alrighty, sounds like i have a busy morning tomorrow, the OEM parts seem to be double and even triple the price of the parts on other sites i have seen. Thanks again for the advice.
    Yeah they are. I have all OEM for my rebuild, and ill see how long it lasts... but I would be willing to bet $100 that I have an engine failure 100 hours or so down the road that was not related to the part quality. Or maybe an OEM powervalve will shear off, something that waveeaters don't help for. Im not saying I don't like OEM though, just that it costs so much it almost makes more sense to go aftermarket and save the extra money for down the road.

    I think if you do it right, any parts will last a long time. Although I can't speak for the crankshafts, because those seem to be hit or miss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nunnink23 View Post
    Yeah they are. I have all OEM for my rebuild, and ill see how long it lasts... but I would be willing to bet $100 that I have an engine failure 100 hours or so down the road that was not related to the part quality. Or maybe an OEM powervalve will shear off, something that waveeaters don't help for. Im not saying I don't like OEM though, just that it costs so much it almost makes more sense to go aftermarket and save the extra money for down the road.

    I think if you do it right, any parts will last a long time. Although I can't speak for the crankshafts, because those seem to be hit or miss.
    if you so sure that non oem will las as long as oem , next time fix your own ski using sbt pistons just pistons and see the results for yourself.

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    or even so, get that BMW you got there and install duralast brakes, you will see.

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