Prepping a set of KX500 engine cases for rebuilding

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Re: Prepping a set of KX500 engine cases for rebuilding

Post by Sandblaster » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:52 pm

Seals aren't the only place for a potential air leak.
This is a troubled spot pointed out by Motorrad.
A small punch, cleaning, patience, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, and some J-B Weld will fix this area up nicely.
Good vision would also help...
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Remember, if there is any oil or debris, J-B Weld will not stick and you've just wasted your time :o
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Re: Prepping a set of KX500 engine cases for rebuilding

Post by Sandblaster » Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:58 pm

Here is the same view after clean up with a stainless steel wire wheel and carb cleaner.
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Re: Prepping a set of KX500 engine cases for rebuilding

Post by Sandblaster » Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:57 am

Nice!
Hope mine hangs in there like that :)
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Re: Prepping a set of KX500 engine cases for rebuilding

Post by Sandblaster » Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:50 pm

I just discovered some new information on raw aluminum.
I'm sure some of you probably know already but there may be others that can benefit from it.
When I scuffed up the surfaces in preparation for the JB-Weld I didn't put the JB-Weld on right away.
In fact, I cleaned them up with some carb cleaner and let them sit overnight.
The next morning I noticed that the aluminum was already a little darker and not as shiny as it was when I first cleaned it up.
So I did a little research and it turns out that the oxygen in the air will start causing the aluminum to oxidize almost immediately.
From what I found, within an hour a skin can develop which will inhibit the bonding of the JB-Weld to the aluminum.
It may not be much but why take the chance?
So I cleaned mine up again before applying the JB-Weld.
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Re: Prepping a set of KX500 engine cases for rebuilding

Post by Sandblaster » Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:58 pm

Here is how my cases looked after applying the JB-Weld.
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Not the neatest job of applying the JB-Weld but I think it will work.
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Re: Prepping a set of KX500 engine cases for rebuilding

Post by Sandblaster » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:16 pm

Another thing that may help you is the tools that I used to clean the cases up.
Besides the punch I used a wire wheel (Left).
However, I felt as though it may have left too smooth of a surface so I used a small cutting tool (Right).
Man, did that do a quick and nice job of cleaning.
Because of the radius shape it was easy to get into all the nooks and cranny's.
A word of caution.... This thing cuts QUICK!!!
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Re: Prepping a set of KX500 engine cases for rebuilding

Post by Sandblaster » Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:07 am

Had to fix the tower for the counter sprocket guard :(
So I got a piece of 1/2" round stock, drilled and taped it, also left it long.
Chamfered the angled end.
Ran a bolt through it to hold it all together.
Also, I ran a bottom tap all the way to the bottom of the tower hole as there was very few threads left.
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Then I took it next door and had my buddy weld it up for me.
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Once it was welded, I removed the bolt, ground the tower to the correct length, countersunk the end and cleaned up the edges.
I won't grind the weld down to clean it up because there is very little penetration and I don't want it to break off for no good reason.
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Re: Prepping a set of KX500 engine cases for rebuilding

Post by Sandblaster » Fri May 17, 2013 9:24 pm

Some guys drill and ream the main bearing oiling holes to .250".
I like to stay around .180" - .200" as the material is pretty thin there..
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Re: Prepping a set of KX500 engine cases for rebuilding

Post by Sandblaster » Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:33 am

Since this was originally wrote, I invested in a vapor blaster and it was one of the best things I have done..
Now our cases are amazing 8-)
And no media impregnation...

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There is also some other things that we could discuss such as the cylinder mating surfaces and the studs.

Again, thanks goes to Motorrad for his patience in tuning me up on many of the things you saw in this thread.
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