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    Question 1999 XL1200 re-nik or not

    I've just started working on a 1999 XL1200 that was given to me. I've gotton the top end torn down. Cylinder three (the one at the back) has the most damage as you can see from picture of the piston and cylinder walls. It looks to me that the rings or maybe the piston itself melted and bonded with the wall of the cylinder. I don't see any gouges, other then one about the size of the tip of a ball point pen.

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    My friend that is helping me out says that it needs to be machined. I called around yesterday at our local shops, as it turns out only one cycle shop does any work on the yamaha pwc engines. But they don't re-nik, they send it to a company in Wisconson called US Chrome ( Do ya'll know anything about this shop, or do you know of one that is cheaper? They charge a little over $200 per cylinder for striping, boring replating and honeing to standard size.

    Also, cylinder 2 (middle one) has some vertical wear marks above and below one of the ports. Those marks are about an inch wide. It looks like someone marked on it with a pencil. I'm guessing that the plating has worn through, but don't know for sure since these are the first cylinders that I've seen. Same story with cylinder 1 (front one). Do you think that these needs to be re-niked also, or reuse as they are?

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    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    mobile alabama
    i have some used cylinders will come with matching pistons,rings
    $250 each + core
    also have some new gaskets
    pm me if your interested

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    Quote Originally Posted by blu4ce View Post
    I've just started working on a 1999 XL1200 that was given to me.
    I'm never that lucky!

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