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post #1 of 33 Old 05-08-2018, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Gladius motor- interchangeable?

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My buddy just did a valve adjustment on his 2012. Ran great in the morning and most of the way back home, and then the motor lost power and siezed up. I suspect something with the rear cam chain, but we haven't been able to confirm yet.

I DID find a Gladius motor with low miles for cheap, but I'm not sure if it's a direct drop in to the Glee. If this motor is lunched, should we buy the Gladius motor and stick it in there?

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It’s based on that engine, but highly doubt it will work as a drop in if at all. Don’t jump the gun, look in the top end and see what’s going on.

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I bet you could get it to work. There are differences, like the cams are bigger and the flywheel rotor has OPEN magnets, not encapsulated.

I'm unsure about the ECU and all the sensors though. I say go for it!

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Welp... Here's the front piston! There are metal shavings in the airbox. It's bad.

This will be fun to fix.
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Yikes...looks like a scene from "Alien"

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Surely all the mounting points etc. are all the same but I would be concerned about the ECU. Do you swap to a Gladius one? Would that integrate with a DL?
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Valve adjustment gone bad? Did it drop a valve? May be able to repair just the piston and head if the con rod isn't junk.

The crank sensors on the rotor have to be the same, and get processed the same.

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The front exhausts were at .09 and .11, well below tolerance. I can't believe the thing was still running, honestly. We weren't able to get the top end off to thoroughly examine what he may have done wrong yet. The piston is holed, though, so I'd imagine that the crank bearings could be compromised from metal shards? I'm not sure, never dealt with a repair of this magnitude before.

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Uhmm.... 0.09 to 0.11? Gads. If not a typo (missing a zero right of the decimal) how did he do that?

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It's not a typo. When he got the valve cover off and checked the clearances, the exhaust valves on the front were .09 mm and .11 mm. He shimmed them to the mid .2 range and buttoned it up (did the intakes too). Motor ran fine on his 60 mile ride to work, much smoother and the bike was reporting better fuel mileage as well, and then it grenaded halfway through his return trip.

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