Gen 2: 2006-2007 Recomendations for Cylinder Prep/Repair - Kawasaki ZX-10R.net
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post #1 of 19 Old 06-15-2018, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Recomendations for Cylinder Prep/Repair

Ok folks, need some first hand advice or reviews if you have them. I want to repair a couple motors (2nd gen) I have laying around for some fresh turbo pistons, but they have a little damage (oh, how the boost gods sneer at our hubris with every adjustment of the boost controller). Who has had any experience with a block repair/re-plating place? A little googling pops up with US Chrome and Millennium Technologies as the top hits.... anyone had good results & service with either one of those places? Hit me with your stories! :)

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I dealt with both of those Millenium i wont deal with again,not just a bad service 5 weeks over the claimed 2 but the coating was crap and only lasted a dyno session, they claimed i haven't cleaned the cylinders properly and won't re-coat them. US chrome at wisconsin iv used 3 times, first time dealing with a Guy called Ryan, first class real good coating and the pistons fitted superbly, the 2 other times they went well over there claimed turnaround by 3 & 5 weeks but the work has always been spot on. Millennium technologies in Canada are supposed to be better and im gonna try them next.
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I always got great service from US Chrome. At least 1/2 th etiem, I had my cylinders back before their promise date. When I was riding my dirt bike, every weekend, I had actually memorized their address because of how many different cylinders I sent to them. The finish was always an upgrade, too.

When you have cylinders coated, keep in mind this finish is not a "chrome" finish like you would use on a car bumper. Its not unusual to see tiny imperfections, or odd colors, in the finish. I hate to even use the work, "imperfection" , its really not that, its just that its often times not a pretty finish.

Yours will probably look perfect, but dont freak out if its not.
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better off buying a good set of used cases from my experience with millenium. last one i had repaired/replated had dropped a valve and dinged one cyl wall. no overbore, cost over $500 when they were done plus the wait time was too long. never could get a price quote, finally just a you're done and owe us this. wont do that again.
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I thought I'd heard some Millennium horror stories before.... good to know I wasn't losing my mind.

I thought about getting some used cases, but I've never liked the idea of dropping in new pistons without honing to to proper PTW clearances.... I am hoping that US chrome can do that if they have pistons in hand with the block.

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When I was working to rebuild the BigCat, I called Millennium and they quoted me the same price to repair the cylinder as it would've been to bore out a new set.
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i just got a cyl back from carolina cycle who handled boring and plating a +3mm busa cylinder thru millenium. sent new cp pistons with exact measurements and specified .002 cyl/wall clereance. gen 2 +5 stroker engine at 1560 cc. piston wall clereance was .003, the industry safe standard on these motors. doesnt do any good to specify a certain clereance with millenium, you will get what u get.
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Wassup BigCat! Long time, no see. :)

I love this place.... I remember hearing some not so good stuff about millenium, and ya'll likely saved me quite a bit of headache. I did call US Chrome, and they sound like decent peoples; I'm going to give them a try. Their pricing is pretty transparent, and they said they'll give AMA member and 'Sanctioned Racer' discounts, so that's a plus.

Now I just need to find a set of low compression turbo pistons for 04-10 bike.... no one is showing any in stock! :(

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Hit me up if you need 2nd gen cases, and i got some pistons, they're in my 1st gen cases unfortunately.
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What sort of pistons? I don't want you to break up your first gen motor if that's the one you already had running, though.

I really want to have a fresh, to-tolerance hone this time around. When I did 'Drop In' MTC pistons on the last motor without a replate & hone they were noisy little bastards... piston slap on start up had me thinking I fucked up on the rod bearing colors. :( I know it's not a huge deal, but every bit is starting to count... and not having it in the back of my mind in 5th gear is worth the extra money.
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