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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Bikes been in storage for 3 years... advice on a starting procedure!?

Hey all,

Soo my bike has been in storge for over 3 years now and was NOT winterized, nor any preventive maintenance, and id like to hear some thoughts on things to do and/or watch out for. I guess ill provide some specifics to let yah know what im workin with.

Got a lil story as to why ive been sperated from my baby for so long. So its a 2005 ZX6R w/ Full Akrapovic, revalved w/ racetech, PC3, Ignition module, k&n, custom billet cams (very trick$$$) along with 20 other common mods and put down 129whp @ 60F 300ft elev. So i was 18 and has this monster of a 636 and decided to run form the cops, which i had done 50 times before, and i got away. Sweet. Well my girlfriend was with her drug addict friend when this happened and i called her to pick up the bike from where i was and got pulled over. Her friend had no problem tellin the po where they were headed with a lift gate equipped truck and tie straps after the office saw the blunt roach in the ashtray. Needless to say i found another way home and that c word agreed to testify against me in court. After bad counsel i was found quilty and hid the bike til they stopped asking for it lol.

While it was at my buddys shop the place caught fire. Over 1.5 million in damages including 3 rz350s, a few dirtbikes, standups, and few ducati monoposts. My bike was the only thing to survive, i mean only thing, his 80ton ironworker was twisted like a pretzel. So i brought the bike to a local police staion (ironic) where moms bf worked and has sat since. I did not do any preventive maintiance, had a full tank of gas, and fresh oil but was just put away wet.

Now i plan to flush the tank and maybe give each cylinder a lil squirt of penetrating oil and maybe replace brake fluid, and pump up the tires but anyone have any other advice or things to check before i go to ride this thing.

And yes i know im an asshole for running but hey, i learned from this one. Dont wanna lose my licence for 3 years again. Ill be joining NJMP track to get off. Already got the leathers and cant wait to look like a fool on Lightning!

Thanks guys.
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At 3 years I'd be considering changing the tires rather than just airing them up.

Otherwise you've got the right idea.
Spray some oil into the top of each cylinder (through the spark plug hole will work) before starting.
Change the oil.
Flush the tank and maybe even put a bottle of fuel cleaner in with the fresh gas for the first time through.
If you've got the time, change the brake fluid.
Lube and adjust the chain.
Check the coolant level. (both physical level and cooling level)
Check the muffler for any rodents that may have made a home in there.

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wow...that's a pretty damn messed up story. Hope you've gained wisdom and learned something from the experience. Good luck getting it up and running again. Enjoy, and be safe!!
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Yea the bike comes home at the end of the week so ill check the tires for rot but they were decent contiattacks and its gonna be damn expensive to be road legal again so im hopeful they will be good. Gotta get registration, tags, inspection, restoration fee, and insurance for the bike and car as well all at once. Gonna be like 600 bucks in one shot. Sucks. Might just wing that but im just worried bout rust in cylinders, stuck rings, stuck open valves and ways to prevent anything catastophic from happening.
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I'd say you need to do a full maintenance and change ALL the fluids, put some fuel system cleaner in with the new gas, put some fogging oil/Marvel Mystery Oil/or some other like purpose oil down each of the cylinders and turn the engine over by hand, check the tires for any signs of dry rot and replace them if found, and you'll probably have to replace the battery as well as it's most likely dead and unable to hold/take a charge.
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Cylinders won't rust. Rings might be stuck in the lands though, so a squirt of penetrating oil and leave it overnight. Same for the valve guides. Turn the motor by hand for a couple of revolutions with the plugs out and feel for any touching. Gas will be useless of course, but it might be good enough to start the bike. Fuel system may need cleaning, and you'll probably need a new battery.

Turn the motor over a few times on the starter with the plugs removed to circulate the oil - the bearings will be very dry after three years.

Change all the fluids. Might be an idea to back flush the cooling system. New tyres are probably a good idea before you ride it. If the bikes been standing on the wheels there's a high chance of flat spots.

And if you haven't been on a bike for three years, be bloody careful.

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Great thought about bearings! Didnt even think about crankin it over w/o plugs to circulate oil. Thats why i posted, thanks guys!

And i guess me n nikkysixx are some of the lucky guys that got monsters out the box, even tho a 636 is an animal on its worst day ;-)
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