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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-13-2010, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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Tamburini Info Please

Can any of the mechanically enlightened members of this forum give me some idea of how expensive it would be to repair a cracked (leaking) lower right engine casing on a Tamburini ?
What would be the chances of internal engine problems in this scenario ?
Does the Tambo have the same engine casing as an F4 ?
Any advice greatly appreciated.
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It will be cheaper if you don't mention the Tamburini part.

Seriously, the engine cases are the same as the rest of the F4s.
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JB Weld and careful use of a dremel tool....crack repaired inexpensively.... as long as it is just a crack and not structural damage.

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Where's the crack? Although I use JB for alot of things I would not use it to fix a crack. It'll never hold as you won't be able to thoroughly clean the area and expansion/contraction will open it up again. I would either remove the piece and have it welded and then try to finish it off as nicely as you can or better yet buy a new or good used one. They can be had. Ask Cag. He's got so much stuff he can't remember where it all is. Good prices and good service too.

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I would like to know why it cracked, before repairing.
No coulance from the factory possible?

Sometimes casings are available on ebay, but probably not a colour match for the tambo.

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Pictures!!!!!!!!!! And the crack is a result of {complete this sentence}

Depending where it is, I would weld it up and machine it down again, grind, sand and then sandblast and you probably wouldn't see it. But it really depends where it is.

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The Tambo in question has been HBC - "Hit By Car" - supposedly while it was parked.
There are some pieces of the lower front right engine casing missing around the bolt holes so that wouldn't be repairable and I know it would need to be replaced. But at the risk of exposing my ignorance of things mechanical I was hoping to get info on whether engine casings come as a complete unit or whether it is possible to only replace parts which are damaged - and what the cost would be.
My other concern is what probability there would be of internal engine damage. The seller says the motor runs but he hasn't done that because the casing is leaking from the hit.
Very hard to believe the owner wouldn't repair it himself - he says he hasn't got the time (as if you wouldn't MAKE TIME for a Tambo !) and I'm guessing the only reason it's up for sale is that the seller knows that the cost of repairing it will exceed it's value. Replacing the carbon fibre fairings and seat pod won't be cheap.
But, hey, I'm tempted !! But I ain't stupid so hence this fact finding post to this forum.
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A new casing from the importer will be a fortune (and alone would probably put the current owner off), if you can line up one here then it should be quite affordable, there are likely one or two tucked away that have had head problems or bought for repowering a 750, etc. A Senna was in a "radiator let go, fluid all over rear wheel, smashed at speed" here a year ago and the cost to repair estimate was $45k+ for parts from memory, but someone did it and its for sale here now for $30k (not that I would touch it).

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Not sure where you're at, but much like buying a used car, take it to the dealer and have them inspect it and provide an estimate. If you want the bike that bad, pay for the towing and inspection and ask that the amount be applied towards the bike purchase if you buy it. The estimate will provide you with a list of parts (some of which you'll find on the forum) and a professional as opposed to guess-timate expectation. If they seller isn't hiding anything, I can't imagine any reason they wouldn't agree to the inspection.

If it turns out it's a complete loss, you'll be happy you avoided a money pitfall. If the seller tries to sell it through some other mechanism without full disclosure, you'll have the estimate since you paid for it and let us all know to be aware. And finally, pictures, pictures, pictures.
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