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    FX Cruiser HO Back-in-Black

    Bought this 2006 FXHO cheap at the end of last season with a locked up engine. It had been sitting for some time.
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    And finally got around in January to pulling the engine out.
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    Didn't take long to figure out why it was locked up.
    Oh boy,.....what have we got here???
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    Oooh, this just keeps getting better. Broken valve bucket.
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    And a nice little chunk missing from the windage tray.
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    Finally getting it fully torn down we find the culprit behind this metal mayhem....
    the rod nuts had actually backed off and allowed the cap to come off. Never heard of this happening before.
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    Looks like the rod got up on top of the crank and slammed the piston into an open exhaust valve too. That's why we've got a broken bucket. MAN, that had to be a good thunk right there.

    And a few more pics of the destruction from the inside.
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    Soooo.........that's a lot of damage BUT, I happen to know a competant machinist that just so happen to buy a couple blown XLT1200 machines. He basically needs some guidance and carb overhauls. LET'S MAKE A DEAL!!!


    I cut a piece of 1/8" aluminum plate and beat it out on a dolly to fit like a puzzle piece.
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    And the smaller one.
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    And this brings us up to date. Got the block/cases back today.
    $70 for the LA Sleeve that he fit for me.
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    And of course he welded the windows shut.
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    I'm going to clean up the welds with a carbide from the outside and brush some high temp epoxy over the repairs from the inside.

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    So, remaining parts list right now looks like,

    one rod
    one exhaust valve with retainer
    one valve shim bucket
    timing chain
    set of rings
    full gasket set
    crank and rod bearings
    rod bolt set
    starter
    aftermarket flame arrestor setup

    What else do I need to make this thing faster AND reliable for seasons to come?

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    Nothing new to report yet, waiting on a flywheel puller so I can send the crank off to get #3 rod journal hard welded and reground.

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    Well, apparently machine shops these days lack real machinists. They sent the crank back because its .015 bent. I guess I assumed they would straighten it, weld it, grind it, then true it again..........guess not!

    So, looking for a crank now, have a couple leads already. Just trying not to spend a small fortune.

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    Good used crank in hand from a forum member. YAY! Still need to round up the other parts.

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    Little update! Have had all the parts for some time now and finally had a chance to do some assembling. Polished the used crank and checked it less that .0005 runout. Good to go! Then I took all these silly numbers and ordered a couple different color bearings on the mains and a couple different on the rods and everything plasticgaged well into the factory specs. Basic block is now assembled and the head is on my bench getting some "cleanup" prep.

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