who did you use for the head work and crank work if you don't mind answering? Just curious.
what power level are you looking for?
Sorry for the double post, I'm probably gonna be doing that a lot, but its easier to answer Q this way
Anyways, this motor was supposed to have come from Rob Dowie's F1 bike, which qualified first in the 2004 Toyota 200 race. He broke his neck though (I hear that he fully healed though & went back racing, but he was of course out of it for a while!!)
The team switched bikes though (from Suzuki to Kawasaki), and with this wreck, this motor spent a long time in storage. So by the time I got it, it was a used up old race motor. It even had rust on the valve seats (exhausts anyways, the intakes are bronze).
Thats what I was TOLD anyways - that it was Dowie's motor. The head is marked as Lees Performance, and a guy who worked there says that Lee's did indeed do the head on Dowie's bike... and that the serial # sounded like it was in the right range. So maybe it was Dowie's motor, maybe it wasn't *shrugs*
The head is fully ported. 1mm over intake valves, Ferrea stainless valves, on bronze seats. Stock size exhaust valves, I put in a brand new OEM set of exhaust valves last year.
Everything in that motor was super loose. Very loose bearings. BIG piston to wall clearance. Valves were very loose in the guides. Cylinder walls had lots of scratches, and were worn pretty smooth....
It was already a 1070 (+3mm bore).
I had Millenium replate the block, and slightly deck the block. Just the minimum cut to clean the surface (about .002) & make perfectly flat
I had RCS replace ALL the valve guides with aftermarket bronze. Then do a good valve job & slightly deck the head - just enough, like the block, for a perfectly smooth surface (about .003 cut)
I've used RCS for almost all the parts - they seem like really good folks, and they have a whole bunch of this stuff in stock, which is nice!!
I got the following parts from RCS
+4mm stroker crank (crank work was done by Marine Cranks), which has the counterbalancer gear removed, balanced, journals polished & nitrided
JE pistons (a custom mold that RCS has JE do for them. RCS also milled the bowl on the piston about .080 deeper, for less compression). The pistons are slipper style, and whats nice is that the piston pin has been moved up 2mm, so that normal length rods can be used - no need for short "stroker" rods. Better rod/stroke length ratio!
Someone asked about video.
I dont have much easily available right now, at least on me. BUT, check out the video below. This is from Heartland Park Topeka. My best friend is on the pink bike, right in front of the camera bike for most of this clip (though you mostly see the white bottom of his tail....). We've been best friends for about 25 years now.
Anyways, the bike in that video was completely built by me. Thats what you do for a good friend
I took the motor that originally was in El Toro, rebuilt it, and then put that motor in a spare frame that I had. Then I built the rest of the bike around it, piece by piece.
Sometimes you can see me in the video - I'm in black leathers, on a black bike (EL TORO)......... right in front of my buddy.... HAHAHA
Also, I'm including some pics of my buddy's bike. The pink bodywork came from JJ Roetlin, who raced in AMA Superbike for a little while. We met at one of Pridmore's STAR schools (JJ was an instructor there at the time). We became friends and kept in touch. When he got out of racing, I bought one of his sets of bodywork. Also got lots of other parts from him.
Anyways, El Toro would probably be finished now, but I promised my buddy I would finish his bike first (did a lot of work to it over the winter, new cams, quickshifter, power commander, shift light, changed offset in front triple clamps, new fork springs, put on a set of my 16.5 Marvics, etc etc).
Also, I sent his tank out to be painted to match the rest of the bike. Now the tank is gonna be bright pink.
I renamed his bike BITCH (its pink & pretty & will fuck you over if you dont pay enough attention!!). So that makes our two bikes THE BITCH & THE BULL