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150 miles on a new motor and this

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by Pete Komarek, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. Pete Komarek

    Pete Komarek

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    I've had multiple problems with rebuilding my MKIII. New Emgo .020 pistons, new valves, guides, springs, E-ignition,coils, blah blah. The bike would miss under acceleration and kept getting worse. Pulled the plugs and one was very oil fouled. Pulled it apart and this is what I found.
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    Left side has a scored cylinder, right side is good but burning oil. Did a leakdown on both cylinders, both are leaking out the exhaust valves. maybe 150 miles and I'm prety tired of this crap. Brought the head to the machine shop that did the work. they will disassemble and call me. this is a performance shop that has worked on Nortons and Triumphs and is well regarded.
     
  2. baz

    baz VIP MEMBER

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    Christ is that the circlip hanging out in pic 1 ??
     
  3. Pete Komarek

    Pete Komarek

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    Yup! Gut wrencher there. Actually the circlip is in pieces. I have to fish around in the bottom end with a magnet. Got 1/2 out so far
     
  4. baz

    baz VIP MEMBER

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    There was a thread on here recently about wire circlips
    I'd search it out and have a read of it
    Hope your damage isn't too bad I feel your pain
     
  5. Ron L

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    Don't bother. It needs a complete teardown, inspection, and cleaning to make certain you don't have more pieces in the oil galleys or rod bearings or crankshaft.
     
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  6. MichaelB

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  8. APRRSV

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    Did the performance shop do the piston install?
     
  9. jbruney

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    Those pics just put me off my supper.... A sad tiding. I hope the damage doesn't get too extensive.
     
  10. Richard Tool

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    Bad luck - you obviously have the barrels off so you have come this far . Forget the magnet bit - tear the whole thing down
     
  11. MexicoMike

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    Looks like faulty installation of the circlip. I realize that there has been some concerns re certain types of circlips but to have ANY type of circlip fail on an essentially stock motor that has a properly operating oiling system seems very unlikely to me.
     
  12. ashman

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    Even professional engine builders have bad days, a friend of mine saved up and brought his first new bike a $30k Harley rode it 15 miles and it blew up, someone who put the pistons in forgot one circlip, they wanted to rebuild his motor but he demanded a complete new bike, it took him weeks before they caved into his demand.
    Not looking good on such short miles and hope people admit to their mistakes and yes I would completely pull it down, best to be safe than sorry later.

    Ashley
     
  13. comnoz

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    If the junk black circlips that come with the Emgo/JCC pistons were used, this is the result I would expect.

    The pistons are fine -the circlips are not usable.
     
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  14. elefantrider

    elefantrider VIP MEMBER

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    Could be poorly installed oil rings (rt) and circlip (left side). Need bigger and better photos.
     
  15. o0norton0o

    o0norton0o VIP MEMBER

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    Circlip failure, just look at the gauling on the piston at the edge of the wrist pin opening. The dislodged circlip was moving up and down with the piston hammering at the edge of the piston until it disintergrated.

    When I had a circlip pop out at 65 mph on my bike some years ago, the bike made a huge "POP" sound and a puff of blue/white smoke went out the tail pipe on that cylinder's side. I pulled the clutch immediately, shut the bike off and coasted to a stop on the side of the road. I called my friend to pick up my van and pick me up within a few hours..

    Not much to say, except that I don't hear of circlips popping out on other makes of bikes, so there must be something about guys that work on nortons that make them improperly seat their piston's circlips....o_O

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  16. comnoz

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    It's more just the fact that due to the long stroke and rpm potential of a Norton the piston speed is in the stratosphere. This means only the best circlips are suitable in a Norton.

    IE, piston speed in an F1 engine reaches ~21 MPS.

    A Norton hits 21 mps at 7050 rpm.
     
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  17. gortnipper

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    Damn. Closest I'll ever get to F1 type performance. LOL
     
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  18. jbruney

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    Regardless of who, what, when, where I feel really bad for Pete on this... A most horrifying disappointment to have to suffer.
     
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  19. comnoz

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    I would have to agree.
    I hope whoever did the work or supplied the parts will stand behind it.
     
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  20. acotrel

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    There is probably not much side loading of the circlips unless the bores of the little end and big end are not parallel. I once bought a set of barrels off a 650 Triumph which had two deep grooves in one side of one bore. If you use the flat circlips, you might get a heat treatment problem. The wire ones are usually OK - not so many changes in dimension. But I've never had a circlip fail in service.
     

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