When the bike was new, I broke it in using the regular Honda dino oil. Then at 5000 miles switched it to Mobil 1 full syn 15w-50 at the time, now 10w-40 (they didn't have the 10-40 way back when). Yes, the car oil... it works just fine Been using that ever since, changed like clockwork every 5000 milesWhat kind of oil did you run for the majority of that 177K miles?
+1000000!! Good for you man, such an awesome story as always, I actually smiled when I watched that video clip. And good decision to use your parts. :bowdownYour threads never cease to draw me in; this one especially. You did one Hell of a job, and big, big kudos to you for keeping the engine as original as you could. As soon as I started reading about the new engine, I was crossing my fingers that you'd use as little of that engine as possible lol. The results couldn't have been better.
Congrats on getting her back up and running down the road again. Here's to another 178K miles and more! :cheers
Thanks!! I too am very glad I decided to use my original internals.... had my fingers crossed for awhile there hoping it would work, but it all worked out in the end so now I'm glad that I did, lolAwesome. I, for one, am glad you decided to use your internals. Keeps it mostly original. Good on you, man. I don't know if I would have been able to strip my bike down and pull apart the engine like you have. I'm slowly getting there, but not there yet.
Let me know if you head north on the Parkway so we can meet up. I'll be riding up the entire Southern section of the BRP into VA on the 25th so maybe you can meet up with us on our way back from Deals Gap.
Thanks!! Unfortunately it is now a salvage title. Although it doesn't really change anything, and I'm not planning on selling it so that's not a problem. Didn't have to get it inspected (we do have annual inspections though so it will be inspected later this year regardless, so I can renew my sticker), and it didn't change anything with my insurance... still have the same full coverage that I always did and my rates did not change. So it's really not affecting me at all, I was just proud of my nice clean and clear title, lolWow... Major Props!! That is just awesome you saved a bike most guys would have scrapped.
I have a question... When you bought it back from the insurance company after being totaled did you get a branded salvage title and need to get it inspected or did you get to keep your clean title? I have bought totaled vehicles before and always got the salvage title but never bought one back I already owned.
Actually no.... believe it or not this is the first time I've ever used it. Known tons of people that have been using it in their bikes for a looooong time though, so I knew it was good oil. I normally run strictly Mobil 1 full syn 10w-40 (yes, the car oil....) ever since the bike had 5,000 miles on it, and it's changed like clockwork every 5,000 miles. I only used the Rotella here because in a sense, it has to 'break in' again, so I didn't want to use the synthetic. Rotella is a good yet cheap oil, and I knew I'd be changing it out again in a couple hundred miles, I went with that. I changed the oil after 600 miles cuz it was getting a little funky from washing out all the assembly lube I used (which is black). Put some more Rotella in again and it's staying much cleaner this time. I'll run it up to 180k and change it again, and go back to the Mobil 1 I was using, and get back on my normal 5,000 mile oil change intervalsAwesome! So glad to see her back up and running. Here's to another 200k
Out of curiosity, have you always used Rotella?
Thanks!! Yea I've always been one to try and get the most out of everything I own, so it seemed like the only logical solution to me. I guess growing up dirt poor you learn to make the most out of what you have and making it last cuz you couldn't afford to buy new stuff, lol. I'm that way with alot of stuffImpressive to say the least!!!
It's really cool to see someone not just throw away a great bike
when the skills and motivation are obviously there.
One question, did you do a final total on everything that went into
putting that gem back together?
Parts list and $???
Thanks!! Yea posting pics on this forum is always a chore with the 5 picture per post limit, lol. 207 pictures here, so lots of cut/paste, hahahMan, that was AWESOME. Thanks for taking the time to let us see your work!!! I'll bet positng the pics in here was no small feat either. LOL
I'm curious though, did you put in a new CCT? I thought those engines had a lot of problems with them.