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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:09 pm 
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I did plenty of heat cycles, and broke it it properly. I probably had 5-7 tanks of gas worth of riding.

So I blew up my new BBK and don’t know why it happened. The guy that bored it out said my air/fuel was off but the mechanic at work thinks there was something in it. Just trying to get second opinions so I don’t do it again. It happened when I was going about 50MPH and I don’t think my temperature was over 350.
My average temp would be 280-320 going up hills and cruising and the HIGHEST it went was 378 full throttle up a mile long hill.
The inside part doesn’t have scratches or grooves, it was was actually raised up where the marks are.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:28 pm 
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Possibly (probably) too small of a main jet (105?) Was there an exhaust leak at cylinder flange.?.?.? Maybe you got on the throttle before it came up to running temp.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:41 pm 
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Possibly (probably) too small of a main jet (105?) Was there an exhaust leak at cylinder flange.?.?.? Maybe you got on the throttle before it came up to running temp.


What should I try to jet up to? Still a noob when it comes to carb tuning.
I don’t believe there was a leak, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was. I overtorqued the lower exhaust stud and broke it, had it welded back on but I’m pretty sure I had a good seal on it.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:02 pm 
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Possibly (probably) too small of a main jet (105?) Was there an exhaust leak at cylinder flange.?.?.? Maybe you got on the throttle before it came up to running temp.


What should I try to jet up to? Still a noob when it comes to carb tuning.
I don’t believe there was a leak, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was. I overtorqued the lower exhaust stud and broke it, had it welded back on but I’m pretty sure I had a good seal on it.
This is suspect as is the 105 main jet. I bet it ran good when it did run! Always start too big on main jet and come down-never the other way around. Ask questions like this BEFORE not after. Talk to the guys you bought the parts from. No amount of oil can cool a cylinder, the fuel does that along with the fan and fan shrouds. Make sure you have all the shroud parts installed and sealed up like it's supposed to with just the opening on the carb side and use a proper seal around the spark plug cap.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:19 pm 
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bonesv wrote:
This is suspect as is the 105 main jet. I bet it ran good when it did run! Always start too big on main jet and come down-never the other way around. Ask questions like this BEFORE not after. Talk to the guys you bought the parts from. No amount of oil can cool a cylinder, the fuel does that along with the fan and fan shrouds. Make sure you have all the shroud parts installed and sealed up like it's supposed to with just the opening on the carb side and use a proper seal around the spark plug cap.


Alright I’ll start with putting a bigger main jet in, and checking if everything is sealed up nice and tight. I’ve made many mistakes with this build but I’ve learned a lot from them and hopefully don’t make the same mistake twice!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:29 pm 
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Use a good temp gauge that mounts under the spark plug. Use correct spark plug. I recommend using only NGK BR8HS or BR9HS spark plug. Don't break it in with synthetic oil. Use a regular oil to allow some wear-in of the cylinder/rings. No steady throttle for long periods. Mix oil accurately. Check compression and read spark plug. Check for any oil leaks around exhaust flange. Start with 112 or 115 main jet/ 38-40 pilot. You can always lower it if needed.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:46 am 
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M1ZZHEAD wrote:
The guy that bored it out said my air/fuel was off but the mechanic at work thinks there was something in it.

What did the guy “bore out”?
The mechanic was wrong, there was nothing in there but excessive heat. Thats what caused the piston to smear molten aluminum on the cylinder wall. Always on the exhaust port too...tell tale sign.

I live about 30mi North of Seattle and you live close enough that I can provide somewhat close jetting recommendations. Our relative humidity and elevation will be very similar but just know that you’ll need to dial it in to accommodate your riding style and if mostly city or highway. Mine spends 90% of its run time at full throttle so I have it dialed for that with the trade-off being a rich idle and its a dog under 7k rpm. That being said, heres how one of my scoots are set with:
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24mm Polini with 40/114 mixture screw is ONE turn out.

Even set-up like this I’ve reached scary temps of 400 when running it for hours, climbing hills and hammering the throttle to death. I beat the living * out of my scoots because thats my fun. You could try an even higher jetting and twist the screw out more...watch temps.

Good info: when jetting, a CHT is a must. You’ll burn up bore after bore without it. If you DO have a temp gauge and youre trying a new jetting, when you blast a long WOT run and temps are at like 320 and jumping up 20deg at a time...stop!. Because temps rising TOO fast at that range. They can jump in the 200’s...but not 300’s.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:07 am 
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M1ZZHEAD wrote:
The guy that bored it out said my air/fuel was off but the mechanic at work thinks there was something in it.

What did the guy “bore out”?
The mechanic was wrong, there was nothing in there but excessive heat. Thats what caused the piston to smear molten aluminum on the cylinder wall. Always on the exhaust port too...tell tale sign.

I live about 30mi North of Seattle and you live close enough that I can provide somewhat close jetting recommendations. Our relative humidity and elevation will be very similar but just know that you’ll need to dial it in to accommodate your riding style and if mostly city or highway. Mine spends 90% of its run time at full throttle so I have it dialed for that with the trade-off being a rich idle and its a dog under 7k rpm. That being said, heres how one of my scoots are set with:
Corsa
Arrow
24mm Polini with 40/114 mixture screw is ONE turn out.

Even set-up like this I’ve reached scary temps of 400 when running it for hours, climbing hills and hammering the throttle to death. I beat the living * out of my scoots because thats my fun. You could try an even higher jetting and twist the screw out more...watch temps.

Good info: when jetting, a CHT is a must. You’ll burn up bore after bore without it. If you DO have a temp gauge and youre trying a new jetting, when you blast a long WOT run and temps are at like 320 and jumping up 20deg at a time...stop!. Because temps rising TOO fast at that range. They can jump in the 200’s...but not 300’s.

If youre looking for a new Corsa, PM me. I cant point you in the right direction.


He said it honed it out back to was it originally was, which is 47mm I believe. I already bought another Corsa from SSS and I’m gonna save my old one for my other build (I have an AF16 bottom end hoping to slowly piece together and slap it on a Spree).

I have both a TrailTech CHT and a tach so I’ll be able to monitor if it’s jumping up like that. I don’t ride at WOT too often, just mainly goofing around bombing up hills or random straights. I mainly stay around 35-40 in traffic go to and from work. What should I try for jetting?
I like having the lower end power and I don’t think I’ll be hitting WOT for more than a few minutes at a time.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:09 am 
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bonesv wrote:
Use a good temp gauge that mounts under the spark plug. Use correct spark plug. I recommend using only NGK BR8HS or BR9HS spark plug. Don't break it in with synthetic oil. Use a regular oil to allow some wear-in of the cylinder/rings. No steady throttle for long periods. Mix oil accurately. Check compression and read spark plug. Check for any oil leaks around exhaust flange. Start with 112 or 115 main jet/ 38-40 pilot. You can always lower it if needed.


Thanks! Supposed to have my new Corsa by the weekend and hopefully should be able to start the heat cycles over the weekend. I’ve read mixed opinions on breaking it in with synthetic.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:34 pm 
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Id try 40/114 for jets to start with. The mixture screw should always stay between 1 and 2 1/2 turns out. If it needs to be above or below this range then a different pilot is required. Dont worry about doing any “fine tuning” until youre past the break-in period completely or you’re wasting your time. Best thing to do is start with fat jets, break it in nicely and THEN monkey with the jets to get it dialed. Of course, initially you’ll have to play with the mixture screw just to get a decent throttle response for break-in runs.

The scoot will tell you what it needs if you know what to listen for. Subtle sounds are tough to describe in words but if you blip the throttle and its suuuper crisp and the rpm hangs a bit before returning to idle, its lean pilot. If you blip and its muddy and has a frog in it’s throat, its rich. People call it “rich bog” but keep in mind there is also a “lean bog” too. Both “bogs” can react very similar but how it acts AFTER the bog when you let off the throttle can give you an indicator on which one it is.

Everybody has a different view on tuning so dont take any of this as gospel. Read as much information as possible and prepare to do 100 jet changes along the way. Just remember that every time you swap a jet or turn a screw it reveals information and provides you experience....pay close attention to the differences each change makes and write it down if that helpss...I do.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:00 pm 
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Meatball wrote:
Id try 40/114 for jets to start with. The mixture screw should always stay between 1 and 2 1/2 turns out. If it needs to be above or below this range then a different pilot is required. Dont worry about doing any “fine tuning” until youre past the break-in period completely or you’re wasting your time. Best thing to do is start with fat jets, break it in nicely and THEN monkey with the jets to get it dialed. Of course, initially you’ll have to play with the mixture screw just to get a decent throttle response for break-in runs.

The scoot will tell you what it needs if you know what to listen for. Subtle sounds are tough to describe in words but if you blip the throttle and its suuuper crisp and the rpm hangs a bit before returning to idle, its lean pilot. If you blip and its muddy and has a frog in it’s throat, its rich. People call it “rich bog” but keep in mind there is also a “lean bog” too. Both “bogs” can react very similar but how it acts AFTER the bog when you let off the throttle can give you an indicator on which one it is.

Everybody has a different view on tuning so dont take any of this as gospel. Read as much information as possible and prepare to do 100 jet changes along the way. Just remember that every time you swap a jet or turn a screw it reveals information and provides you experience....pay close attention to the differences each change makes and write it down if that helpss...I do.


Thanks for all the help! I did research before and I will do plenty more and take notes as I go. Hopefully I don’t blow another Corsa haha. When I was checking my jets I’m at a 38/108 (not 38/105 like I thought) so 40/114 may be pretty close to where I want to be!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:50 pm 
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i ran than setup minus the arrow. You should be around 110-112mj and I lost my first 2 BBks to user error. one thing that I did learn is even if you think you dont have an air leak you probably do. lots of good advice already given. good luck and lets see the bike?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:22 pm 
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Rip_City_Spree wrote:
i ran than setup minus the arrow. You should be around 110-112mj and I lost my first 2 BBks to user error. one thing that I did learn is even if you think you dont have an air leak you probably do. lots of good advice already given. good luck and lets see the bike?


I’ve been noticing I’m running rich but I’m not gonna goof around with jetting until I put more miles on it.

Yeah, I’ve been putting Hondabond on a lot of stuff. I watched a video from SSS about common leak areas and took care of all of those spots but haven’t really tested for leaks. I have noticed a little oil or mixed gas(?) leak coming from what I think is the gear case and only see it after I cruise around and it’s only a few drops.

Anywho, to the hog... she’s been dropped a few times and rough around the edges at a whopping 8500+ miles. Love the retro look of the decals! Picked up for $350
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Nice ride there...get it rippin and ride the ferry with us in August

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Nice ride there...get it rippin and ride the ferry with us in August

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I have a newborn due in early August so it’s gonna be a busy month for me but I’m hoping to make it. If not this year then next!


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