'05 WR450F - Cracked Crankcase Assembly...NO!!!
Posted May 14, 2006 - 10:30 AM
I'm out for my 6th or 7th ride on my new '05 WR450 (less than 200 miles on it) and having a serious blast with my ridin' buddies. We're riding up this semi-steep, yet deep sandy climb. Near the top, I hit one of the only sizeable rocks on the whole climb and bucks me off. The bike squirts forward and hits the only other rock on the whole hillside. No kidding. Anyway, I go to pick up the bike and oil is GOUTING out from the crankcase area just adjacent to the shifter arm. Uh Oh.
Anyway, we break the chain and tow back to the truck. Now, I've got a missing chunk of crankcase (about an inch diameter) just below where the shifter lever enters - it's as though the shifter lever torked DOWNWARD (think way overzelous downshift into 1st gear) and blew off part of the crankcase.
How screwed am I? I can send pics to any gurus who might give some advice, but I'm not sure if I can post the pics here. Any advice or thoughts would be welcome.
Posted May 14, 2006 - 10:47 AM
Posted May 14, 2006 - 11:36 AM
Posted May 14, 2006 - 12:22 PM
Posted May 14, 2006 - 01:36 PM
I will post the photos as mentioned above so there will be a visual...
Posted May 14, 2006 - 02:20 PM
Posted May 14, 2006 - 06:40 PM
Posted May 14, 2006 - 06:42 PM
Posted May 14, 2006 - 07:16 PM
Posted May 14, 2006 - 07:52 PM
Two obvious questions (for a neophyte such as meself):
First, (and I know this is asking for pure speculation) what's chances of the transmission being hammered vs. just the case and shift shaft?
Second, can you just buy a short block (cases with all internals in place like in an auto) and bolt THAT up to the top end? "My old man is a television repairman, he's got this ultimate set of tools. I can fix it." (Fast Times @ Ridgemont High)
Posted May 14, 2006 - 09:18 PM
Posted May 14, 2006 - 10:47 PM
Also, check e-bay for cases. Sometimes ya get lucky for cheap!
Posted May 15, 2006 - 05:32 AM
Posted May 15, 2006 - 10:09 AM
Years ago when I raced moto x, my race bike was stolen....I didn't have insurance on the bike and was just out the cost of the bike ($4000) back then.
Since getting back into biking, I have insured all of my machines.....would insurance cover this type of thing? If you were in your car and slid off of the road and hit a rock, this damage would be covered.
If it were on a boat, and you hit something that caused this type of damage....its covered.
What about a bike? and if thats the case (no pun intended) why don't more people insure their bikes? A $250 or $500 deductable isn't bad when faced with this kind of repair.
Posted May 15, 2006 - 10:17 AM
Posted May 15, 2006 - 10:37 AM
Which brings me to my last question (for the time being): how much do you guys think this will run, "ballpark estimate"? Cases, Shift Shaft and Gaskets plus Labor? Has ANYBODY had to do a job like this specifically recently - what did it cost you?
Posted May 15, 2006 - 01:46 PM