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post #1 of 16 Old 03-20-2005, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Here is the design flaw...

This is what happened to my bike. I took a minor impact into the ignition cover.

These teeth broke off

Here is the problem -- there is no scatter shield between the gear and the timing chain that is right behind this gear.

When the teeth seared off they went into the timing chain which carried them thoughout the motor.

A simple shield behind the rotor would have saved me tons of money and time.
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post #2 of 16 Old 03-20-2005, 08:40 PM
 
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That really sux. The stock covers are paper thin. You shouldn't have to install aftermarket case covers to protect your bike in a lowside like we've seen from others. ANyway, glad to see you got your old 10 back. Will it be a track-only bike now? Do you still trust it?
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A simple shield behind the rotor would have saved me tons of money and time.
So, any ideas on how this simple shield might be implemented? I have sheets of teflon, sheets of aluminum and all sorts of stainless steel fine mesh (screen). Or would it be easier to get a better cover? It might help alot of us if we can come up with something.
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The timing rotor is what holds the chain onto the sprocket on the crankshaft. I might have pics of when I did the gasket install
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So, any ideas on how this simple shield might be implemented? I have sheets of teflon, sheets of aluminum and all sorts of stainless steel fine mesh (screen). Or would it be easier to get a better cover? It might help alot of us if we can come up with something.
I do not know.

This is something the factory should have covered.

Even if there is just a casting issue and 1 tooth broke off, it would end up in the motor somewhere.

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The Factory Should Cover Something That Breaks Due To A Crash? Hu?
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I guess if my bike ends up sliding on that side, I'm not going to start it up until I check for damage. Seems the most prudent and simple remedy.
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I agree - I tried to start it on the scene to try and asses the damange.

I was not clearly thinking as I just took a hit to the head.

I wouldn't do it again that is for sure.

I ti very possibole that I carried the metal throughout the engine by craniking it over. I also cranked it for the hell of it after I got it back to my house a few days later.

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The magnesium cover are hell of thin, mine got grounded through in about a 15ft slide
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Sorry to hear about your incident crispin. I had the same thing happen to a gixxer friend recently but he was lucky the bike only leaked oil.

Engine covers nowadays are so damn light and fragile they crack at the slightest drop, causing a major drainage of engine oil. Or in worst case scenarios, what happened to you. :(

That being said, I really feel them worthy to be warranted extra protection against impacts/crashes. The last thing we need after a drop/crash if the inability to ride our bikes home...

Factory Pro www.factorypro.com has some billet engine covers available that would really up the protection level on both sides of the bike. Or you could try out Creations Engine Armour at www.enginearmour.net like what I did to my 10R.

I've crashed pretty badly on my Creations engine armour equipped 02 R1. The bike was pretty much rendered unridable due to the front wheel being ripped off but the Kevlar reinforced CF engine armour Creations held up its end of the bargain and not a single drop of oil left the bike.
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