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post #1 of 21 Old 02-17-2017, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Woe is me (excuse my laying grief on you in a first post)

Hi, I've had my K6 Vee for about 8 years now and it's up to just short of 60k miles. 3 years ago i heard a disturbing crunch (like running over a can) and I lost the back pot. I limped back to the house, less than a mile. In the ensuing weeks I got in the bad habit of borrowing my son's bike and 3 years later I've only just plucked up the courage to crack open the motor.

I had pics of the bike lined up in a post that took me half an hour to write but this forum wouldn't allow me to post them because I haven't got a high enough post count. That's a little frustrating.

Ah well. post one.
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-17-2017, 10:15 AM
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I would rather you ask permission instead of post count padding. Since you are obviously not a spammer or padding to sell something, I'll give you permission to post pictures the right way. Try it now.
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Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. 2012 DL650A didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014+ DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012+ DL650s
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post #3 of 21 Old 02-17-2017, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Greywolf, sorted now, sorry for the inconvenience.

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post #4 of 21 Old 02-17-2017, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Here's the bike in better times.



Current state of play. It took more than I'd imagined to tip the motor forwards for access



Amazingly, this little lot were in perfect condition. Not having a compression tester, I squirted carb cleaner down the ports and not a sign of seepage. Well pleased



Not a lot wrong down here. Good opportunity to grease out all the connectors and generally clean up.



I don't have a pic of the broken chain..... it's a cam chain and it's broken

Here's the other damage



I've ordered a job lot of sv1000 cam shafts from ebay. I'm guessing the sprockets will be compatable and 20 sounds better than the 250 odd for a brand new camshaft. I've taken both side cases off and found various shrapnel in the mesh filter on the clutch side (I sent the clutch off to sharealike whilst it was out) Several bits came out with the oil but nothing attached to the sump magnet. Everything seems clear, undamaged and free running. The cam chain tensioner and slides were pristine, no sign of wear at all. I'm planning to flush the motor out with diesel then run it on cheap oil for 100 miles or so before changing the filter and filling with better oil.

Thanks for bearing with me, any further advice would be gratefully recieved.

My name is Peter, and I ride a VStrom
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post #5 of 21 Old 02-17-2017, 11:02 AM
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Hi Peter.

That was so much like the intro to a 12 step program, and probably purposely so, I felt obligated to answer.
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Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. 2012 DL650A didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014+ DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012+ DL650s
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I feel your pain Peter. I had a cam chain skip time on another bike of mine and in my case it completely destroyed the engine. I ended up doing a complete engine swap to the tune of about $1000 as my engine wasn't salvageable. While your strom has hit hard times, it's good that your engine is salvageable and it looks like a good time for that cam upgrade!
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it looks like a good time for that cam upgrade!
Are you suggesting that I should replace the DL cam shafts with the SV as an upgrade? I was just going to swap the spring loaded sprocket from one to the other.

The clutch mod.... that will be an upgrade if it does what I hope
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post #8 of 21 Old 02-17-2017, 11:26 AM
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Are you suggesting that I should replace the DL cam shafts with the SV as an upgrade? I was just going to swap the spring loaded sprocket from one to the other.

The clutch mod.... that will be an upgrade if it does what I hope
I see I misunderstood your intent. But...the SV heads an cam are supposed to boost performance a bit. I've considered it with my 02 DL1000, but a complete engine swap seemed appealing too, considering the slipper clutch and upgraded stator (mine has the lowest rated stator put in the Stroms).

On another note, I'm sure the clutch mod will help make her purr!
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Yep, I see where you're going there. TBH, the performance of the engine is good for me, I like the response, fuel consumption and feel in general..... other than the feel of the cam chain threading its way into the sump
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Yep, I see where you're going there. TBH, the performance of the engine is good for me, I like the response, fuel consumption and feel in general..... other than the feel of the cam chain threading its way into the sump
That is not a good feeling 😣

Looking forward to your progress as I haven't dug deep into the Strom just yet.
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