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Crank rebuild

Post by jaybe64 »

Hi can anyone tell me where in UK can I get my crank rebuilt with mains and oilseals . I saw a post somewhere with someone asking same question about getting 380 done and a link but I can't find it now.
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Re: Crank rebuild

Post by Craig380 »

For a GT550? Do you need conrods too? If so, new ones are no longer available and new old stock rods are rarer than rocking horse proctologists.

A KTM rod can be used instead, but they are a little longer than Suzuki rods which needs a workaround (double base gaskets). A former poster had a crank and engine rebuild on his GT550 at a very well known rebuilder (I won't name them here) using KTM rods, and the pistons were clipping the head, requiring much diagnosis and a second rebuild, it was a LOT of faff.

Possible people to call who do 2-stroke crank rebuilds to chat about the options (others may weigh in with their additions / comments / experiences) would be Grampian Motors, PJ Engineering, Chris Applebee, Pete O'Dell.
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Re: Crank rebuild

Post by Alan H »

Several places, Grampian (very knowledgeable and professional) is up there, as is Chris Applebee (done 2 x 550 cranks and a 750 crank for me), but a new guy from the Kettle Klub (spit) has surfaced and done a 550 crank for me which looks good - he only charges for what is required, rather than 'everything' so is cheaper. His work looks excellent.
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