Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Eastern Arkansas
Liked: 3242 times
Well as much as I keep saying I'm done working on other people's stuff until I get my own stuff fixed, yesterday I replaced a cooling fan on a friend's 07 Rubicon. He needed to be able to spray on the farm and the machine was constantly overheating.
Then worked on my father in law's 06 Rubicon. It was stolen sometime over the winter. He didn't notice it was gone till the first of April, and found it within a week as it had been sitting in the impound lot at the sheriff's dept since Jan.
I had to replace the ignition cylinder, and got it running. It sounds terrible. Either valves, timing chain, or piston slap. Not sure, but I went ahead and changed the oil, and discovered that the drain plug had been stripped.
The fact that a stolen bike had the oil changed (I changed it last and know it was fine then) coupled with what I found in the way of debris around the engine, makes me think there's a good possibility it was sunk at some point while it was gone.
Drilled the hole out oversized, tapped it out to a 14mm x 1.5 plug so I could use a stock Honda drain plug from another machine, and filled it up with fresh oil. Luckily the case on the Rubicon is thick enough to drill and tap. The 500 footshifts/ES and the 420's from the same era are too thin to get by with that.
Noticed the swingarm boot is torn and the left front inner CV is torn, but don't have time to mess with those now, and he's chomping at the bit to get it back so he can spray his woman's yard.
He doesn't use the wheeler much, and hopefully nothing will tear up before he gets the spraying done, but it will undoubtedly end back up with me for more repairs soon. It wasn't insured so I guess he was lucky he got it back, but I have a feeling it's going to be an ongoing nightmare for me going forward.