I am stoked!!! The missing link for my '02 has been found. That silly little piston woke my bike up!
I did a dry build using oil on the pin/little end of course and just a smidgen on the skirts. I ended up using Quickseat on the ring/cylinder as it arrived in the mail just in time, put Rotella T white jug in the motor, and kicked it without the spark plug in approx 50 times to prime it. I could easily tell when it was primed which was really cool.
I took it to the dry lake bed this morning and broke it in. I rode it about 3/4 of normal, did 3/4 throttle acceleration thru all the gears about 6-8 times, and never slowed down without having the clutch disengaged for about 25 minutes. I then changed the oil and then rode it again around the lake bed at around 3/4 of normal, never staying at a steady speed until I had pretty much gone thru a tank of gas. I then drained the oil again and put a new filter in and filled it with Rotalla Synthetic blue jug.
I ate lunch, watched a military drone fly around El Mirage for a while, then rode it again,
I rode it across the lake bed and into the desert and I have to say it pulls so much better now. I would say the biggest and best gain is in the bottom end. It has been a while since I last rode desert but man oh man I am loving it again. The combination of the new piston and the new CRFStuff brakes made it a whole different bike. I was shifting probably 70-75% less then before. Almost all the corners I would have normally down shifted for are now just brake and gas. That added bottom end was there to replace the downshift in many corners. I am running 13/51 gearing so it wasn't hard at all to get it into 5th gear in the smoother straights, and at my age I have no desire to go any faster then that in the dirt.
The bike ran really great, like it had been waiting to have the higher compression. Ran awesome on the usual California 91 pump. I ended up using up all my fuel and If I didn't have the Dunlop
756 on the back I would have made the 30 minute round trip to town and purchased more and kept riding. I was also by myself and there was hardly anybody there so I had to take it a bit easy. One bad crash and I might still be laying out there.
I am sure I would be saying this same thing had I bought a JE but the CP has a bigger skirt the DLC pin which made it more attractive to me. I am glad I pad the extra $30.00 and got the CP.
Edited by mrmoto35, 05 May 2012 - 11:33 PM.