I 've been having a little adventure these last few months that has come to a conclusion. My bike has been burning oil and lately too much - up to 1L/1500Km. My research showed that it could either be the valve seals or piston/springs/cylinder issue. When i heard the prices from the workshops for just opening the motor to see, i knew i had to take things into my own hands.
I started with a spark plug removal/compression test. As expected, one plug was oil fouled (click for full resolution):
So i knew the vertical cylinder has the issue. Compression was low on both but unfortunately i checked with the bike cold. First time i did that so mistakes might have been made. 175psi for the horizontal 150 for the vertical. Bad eh?
Onto the actions. With this excellent workshop manual (not the ducati one - the one rewritten with all the photos) i started. I have ome previous experience disassembling fairings and small service but never gone deeper.
- removed fairings
- removed tank
- removed airbox
- removed exhaust pipes from vertical cylinder
- removed belt covers
- removed belts (didn't know its THAT easy)
- removed some coolant
- removed cylinder head cover.....
And as i reached there and witnessed the desmodromic awesomeness i stopped yesterday. A total work of only 4 hours took me there. Here's a bad pic but i 'll post more:
So you people have some questons to answer now! :P
1. Is there an alternative for this freaking tool:
I mean i can remove the head now with other tools, but how on earth will i put a torque wrench there to assemble without it?
2. Is there ANYTHING i am forgetting?? I made a list of what new parts i will need for reassembly (besides what's damaged of course):
- head-cylinder and head cover gaskets
- gasket glue (i will research that)
- spark plugs
- exhaust cleaning (they are full of oily fumes)
3. The facts are: fouled plug, white smoke from exhaust on high revs, greasy stuff in exhausts, oil consumption, oily air filter box walls (but clean air filter), oil on top of intake valves (and some smaller amount in the horizontal cylinder as well - i 'll post pics). So are my actions correct? do i need to be worried for the horizontal cylinder as well?
4. Will it give any errors when i turn it on again after assembly?
Anyway this has been fun to be honest and free :P And from what i saw valve clearances is also easy to check/fix. Thanks for reading - more to come!