new guy! need head work
hey all, I'm from Kansas City, Mo. been riding for about 10 years now, and had my 06 450er for about 4 of them. i am new to any engine work but feel very confident in all bolt on things and electrical work.
I took a trip to the dunes a week ago and the bike didn't really perform as I hoped! prior to the trip I got my valves adjusted, put a new clutch in, cleaned the carb and adjusted little things. I took it for a test ride down the street and it overheated. I pulled the valve cover and the oil seemed watery. so I did some research on here and figured it was the head gasket. I borrowed a manual from my uncle and managed to put a new head gasket in with correct timing and without loosing any valve shims. the bike didn't seem to fire right up or run as should. (turns over a lot before hitting, fires multiple times before fully idling, and doesn't want to start when hot.) so I had my uncle look at it because he has way more experience with engines and 450s in general. He told me the valves were too tight, one intake in particular. I didn't have time to re-shim or take it anywhere to get done. so I took it with tight valves. the first day it started to make a "tick" sound. later that night the "tick" was more of a "knock". when I noticed it was louder I let it sit for about 30 min. to cool before I went back to the site. on my ride back it made the "tick/knock" sound and then all of a sudden quit. (like it was flooded) so I'm assuming that my intake valves were too tight and hit the top of the piston, bending one enough to not fully close. Moral of the story is I think I need new valves. I would like to ship the head somewhere to have 4 new valves installed with new springs too just so I don't have to do this again anytime soon. any recommendations about who to send it to? or what you guys think may have happened?
thanks in advance, Im excited to start using the forum!