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I have a 2006 DL 1000 with about 30k miles.

I was recently trail riding in the Wyoming Rockies trying to keep up with a KLR when I bottomed out on a rock with the bottom of my engine (no skid plate). I stopped, looked down, saw oil gushing out, got down and saw a 1cm-long gash puncturing the crank case (or whatever the bottom piece of the engine is called). It's about 2" back and slightly to the right side of the drain plug, on the very bottom of the engine case).

I'm now left with a few options and I could use your input.

1) Remove engine, dismantle it, clean it up, take it to a reputable welding shop (I already showed the prospective welder the issue, he says he can fix it if it's clean and dismantled), put it all back together.

2) Buy a used engine from ebay for about $750-1100 and swap it out. This will require me selling my drumset to pay for the engine.

3) Remove engine, dismantle it, clean it up, JB Weld and cross my fingers. Put it back together and hope for the best.

4) Remove engine, dismantle it, drill out the gash, thread it (if there's enough metal to work with), put in a bolt and seal, JB weld it, cross fingers and hope for the best.

Some particulars on my situation: I need for this bike to have the highest possible resale value after the fix as it probably needs to be sold next year to pay medical bills for my growing family. I also am a person of limited mechanical ability but with the help of you all, youtube, and probably a Haynes manual, I think I can figure this out. That being said, I prefer to do as much of the repair as possible myself because I think the bottleneck here is more my limited financial means rather than my mechanical ability. It seems to me that if I rip the engine apart and plan on putting it back together, I should probably replace any seals I come across, right? I've found seal kits run about $250 online.

I appreciate any help. I'll include pictures once the Broncos and Packers games are over.
 

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The odds of you being able to sell that bike with repairs made or an engine swap is very unlikely, it isn't worth much and you would likely lose money either way IMHO. Whatever you do the best likely scenario is to just keep it, but hopefully you will get more inspirational support than I just gave. :)
 

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If you're inclined, parting out the bike "might" earn you enough $ soon in the process to buy a newer bike altogether. No good options here.
 

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Give the JB Weld a try. Don't even remove the engine unless you suspect metal parts from the puncture are inside the cases. It's no small job to dismantle the engine. Resale won't be great in any case, so don't spend any more than necessary to fix it.
 

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Thanks for the replies. In keeping with what Big B said, I agree, the resale value is probably shot either way and I think it'll be worth more to me as a daily driver. When it's back on the road the sentimental value alone with be worth the money spent fixing it up and I won't want to part with it. It's a phenomenal bike and hopefully more resilient than my bank account.

I bought this bike as a replacement to the 650 I had in college that was totaled when I was almost killed by a drunk driver. After years of litigation and negotiation I finally settled and was able to replace it. I wanted a GS or a Concourse or a Tiger 1050 but I was drawn back to the VStrom. And I've loved it every day I've been on it!

Phil
 

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Use JB, fit a bash plate and enjoy your bike.
 
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