TonyA's Engine Rebuild

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Tony decided to come to Niagara Falls Canada to rebuild his engine. Here are a few pics. I'll let him post the rest of the pics and the findings. He may not be back on the forum for a few days though...

And we're happy he made it.... because his trailer broke in our driveway. We almost dropped the bike. But we didn't so here are a few pics... enjoy this thread.



Tony and I traded bikes for a short ride and my dad followed. My bike has clip-ons, Tony's has bar risers and panniers. Amazing how different the same bike can be. Oh, and the sound of the three bikes together... music..

Okay, fun time is over. Time to get the bike on the hoist.

 

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Great thread, also keen to know why and how many km's / miles has this bike done?
 
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2014 Sept build date. 6,300miles.
Why? Well.... I’ll let Tony explain in detail. But this has been planned now for a while. Id say it was more of a precautionary reason and a hunch it needed to be tore down to satisfy this hunch. And after Jim’s rebuild, it became the right thing to do.

By the way; there was no excessive vibrations, oil loss, bolts falling off. And a very well cared for machine.

When Tony returns, he can fill in the rest.
 
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To add to this... this isnt an attack on Norton or Simon. Tony wants to make his bike better. Blue print and balance. He will share his experience for others to learn from. So don’t everyone get worried. My dad is teaching Tony so in the future, he will be able to work on his own bike. Teach a man to fish type thing. Anyone is welcome to follow in his footsteps. My dad loves to teach and lives Nortons. And if you want to learn to work on your own bike, then you’re more than welcome to take his class.
 
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I have been out putting more miles on the 2013 CR since the rebuild and can say that it was well worth it. With my loud custom shorties, it is a beast, makes it presence known, I had a car I was following slow and pull over to let me by. The low speed running around 2500rpm does not have any snatch, it is quite smooth. Full acceleration brings out the hooligan, it is fun & amazing. Idle is a little erratic and nice not to hear the thrashing mechanical noises that was dominant before.

I am not sure if Tony's bike has any symptoms that bothers him, but knowing what I know now from being inside the engine, it certainly is a peace of mind step. I guarantee, that taking the extra effort to get in and blueprint and balance, maybe change out some bearings, it will bring that peace of mind and confidence that all is right in there. There is little cost in terms of parts and it just comes down to spending the time to do the rebuild. I am pleased I did. Also rest assured that once your bike is out of warranty, don't expect Norton UK to be there - they don't take kindly to us home hacks trying to put things right.
 
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To add to this... this isnt an attack on Norton or Simon. Tony wants to make his bike better. Blue print and balance. He will share his experience for others to learn from. So don’t everyone get worried. My dad is teaching Tony so in the future, he will be able to work on his own bike. Teach a man to fish type thing. Anyone is welcome to follow in his footsteps. My dad loves to teach and lives Nortons. And if you want to learn to work on your own bike, then you’re more than welcome to take his class.
Thank you for that last disclaimer. It took over two years to get *mostly* sorted and I started feeling a bit ill that a bike with 6500 miles on it needed a tear down. Especially a guys bike that is a lot more mechanically inclined than myself. AND especially since we no longer have a dealership on the east coast of the US.
 
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