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Cylinder Head work #748834
09/12/18 2:07 am
09/12/18 2:07 am
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Andrew Dunham Offline OP
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The day started with a simple head gasket replacement... but I started thinking and here we are:

Can anyone recommend a good machine shop near Ohio/Michigan/Indiana, etc to do a cylinder head rebuild? Valves, seats, guides, springs, keepers.

Also, is it best to order individual items from someone like SRM or does anyone make a good kit of everything?


Thanks

Last edited by Andrew Dunham; 09/12/18 2:19 am.

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Re: Cylinder Head work [Re: Andrew Dunham] #748838
09/12/18 2:39 am
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If western Pennsylvania is in your purview, you may want to consider Rask Cycle. They did an excellent job on a TR5T head I sent. They also supply all the parts.


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Re: Cylinder Head work [Re: Andrew Dunham] #748871
09/12/18 1:49 pm
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Send it to Ed V at E&V Engineering in Michigan, one of the sponsors of this site. He does a phenomenal job.

Ed from NJ

Re: Cylinder Head work [Re: Andrew Dunham] #748878
09/12/18 2:34 pm
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I'll get ahold of both shops and see what they say.

Thanks guys!


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Re: Cylinder Head work [Re: Andrew Dunham] #748886
09/12/18 2:56 pm
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ED @ EV single guru

Re: Cylinder Head work [Re: Andrew Dunham] #748988
09/13/18 4:48 am
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You do not want a kit. Until you pull the guides you do not know if you need oversize. Original seats are reverse tapered. New seats are cylindrical. The shop will have to bore the head to the seat (minus the interference). Keepers and spring retainers rarely go bad unless you are looking to get lightened ones there is no need to replace them. Unless you plan to run it near red line a lot the springs are probably fine. Measure the free height and compare to the factory specifications.

Re: Cylinder Head work [Re: Andrew Dunham] #749098
09/14/18 1:19 am
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Thanks, DMadigan.

I'm going to send the head to Ed at E&V and I'm sure I will be very happy with his work. His reputation is very good around here.

The bike is simply a joy ride machine; no racing, no red line, etc.


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Re: Cylinder Head work [Re: Andrew Dunham] #749139
09/14/18 1:52 pm
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Good plan!!!!!

Re: Cylinder Head work [Re: Andrew Dunham] #749180
09/14/18 7:52 pm
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ED V is a good man that does good work, highly recommended

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Re: Cylinder Head work [Re: Andrew Dunham] #752021
10/09/18 3:08 am
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Just received my cylinder head from Ed V. Fantastic work and I am very pleased; price was very fair as well.


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1969 BSA 441 VS
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