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Old 07-10-2009, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default 1994 fzr600 pilot bearing

I'm looking at buying a fzr600 from a guy around here. He says he thinks that it needs the pilot bearing replaced and that it would take about a half hour and about $15. What do you think. I have no idea what a pilot bearing is and if it would be fixable with my limited mechanical skill.

I can do some things. I've replaced thermostat housings and replaced broken shifing levers on a VW GTi but digging into engines and transmissions or another beast. Plus I've never worked on motorcycles.

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Old 07-10-2009, 04:12 PM   #2
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"Pilot bearing"? What does the thing use for a transmission, a T-4 Toploader?

Avoid like the plague or prison gang-rape unless YOU know what's wrong with it for certain, and YOU know for certain YOU can fix it easily. And in that case, offer him $100 for the bike.
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Old 07-21-2009, 02:39 PM   #3
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P i l o t B e a r i n g? He must mean the main crank bearing, all four of them.
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Old 07-21-2009, 02:49 PM   #4
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If he is talking about a transmission bearing you are more in the area of $50 for the bearing and 20 hours to do the job, plus a complete gasket kit (~$150) and if one tranny bearing is bad they all are and God only knows what else and you'd better run like hell because a broken tranny can cost thousands and he's obviously been severely abusing the thing with wheelies which sportbikes are NOT designed for..... whew.

What is a pilot bearing anyhow?

People will say anything to foist off some worthless broken bike on an unsuspecting victim. If you are really interested in the bike tell him you want a mechanic to check it out. If he says no then you know he is a lying skumbag.
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:34 PM   #5
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The pilot bearing is part of the doohickey assembly. $15 is a reasonable price as long as he packs it with grease before installing it.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:25 AM   #6
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There is, indeed, a "Pilot" bearing in the crankcase supporting the starter shaft. From the schematic at yamaha-motor.com, it looks like there is a small hatch that unbolts to replace it. Likely, you will have to remove the carbs to get at it. Not fun.

As others have said. You really do not know what you're getting into here. That may or may not be the "problem".

YMMV.
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:53 AM   #7
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If it's such an easy job why doesn't the seller do it and boost the ease of sale? There's more here than he let's on. I'd run like this deal like the plague. There's deals are NEVER as simple as advertised.
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:57 PM   #8
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yeah right....did you hear a crank! when he started?? sounds like a one way clutch broken...strange in a fzr 600.
let´s start thinking why some things broken...
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