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Old 07-10-2006, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default Re: Engine Life: How Many Miles Before Rebuild?

It varies.
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Old 07-10-2006, 11:09 PM   #2
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I think the motor or transmission will tell you when it's time to rebuild. I have owned a Honda Civic and and Acura Integra that both had well over 200k on them when they were traded in, and they both still ran fine. They were long haul miles, and I think that is part of the secret, along with good maintenance, and frequent oil changes. Your engine will probably just get more and more 'tired' as time goes on-- it will lose a little snap to it's accelaration, or gear noise will increase, somthing like that. A complete rebuild could turn out to not be cost effective, however. You will just have to asses how much the rebuild is going to cost and measure it against getting something much newer.
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Old 07-11-2006, 12:17 AM   #3
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Old 07-11-2006, 02:02 AM   #4
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I have a friend with a 91 harley EVO that had

162,000 mi. as of last year.He finally had the top end looked at.Still runnin`.
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Old 07-11-2006, 02:09 AM   #5
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I have a '98 Honda ACE with 99,000 miles and a '04 V-Strom with 91,000. Both still run great and neither use any oil. Is 200,000 possible? I think so.

Get the compression tested. That will tell you a much.
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Old 07-11-2006, 02:21 AM   #6
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When to rebuild anhd engine isn't so much a mater of mileage, as it is maintenance and usage over it's life. Modern engines are made of very high quality materials, to much better manufacturing standards than in the past, so if' you're diligent in maintaining the oil health, and don't beat the crap out of it regularly, the engine could go into the high 100,000 miles range before giving the signals that it needed freshening.

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Old 07-11-2006, 02:25 AM   #7
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First, you would probably want topost this question to the VROC main board. You'll probably get a more informed answer. http://www.vroc.org. Secondly, 1500/1600 kawasaki engines can have 2 issues. pre-2000 models have a plastic oil gear that usually fails. The other thing are the cam chain tensioners. I know of people that got over 90k out of their Nomads, and I know of on eguy that has well over 100K out of his 800 Classic. I say run it until it starts burning oil.
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Old 07-11-2006, 03:43 AM   #8
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There is a guy over on Wildgoose who has over 300,000 miles on his Eldorado. If you want longevity, buy a Guzzi.
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Old 07-11-2006, 06:45 AM   #9
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Just before a rod ends up sticking out of the crank case is the best time to rebuild....



88 HD E-Glide 195,000 miles

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None there yet, but 88 is close and the 03 will probably be long gone from my garage before then...the 00? It's a beemer, 200K before I ever start worrying.
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Old 07-11-2006, 06:53 AM   #10
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I'd keep it until it stops using gas all together.
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