Bay area machine shops?

Mitchell Hoover /

Looking for a reputable machine shop that can cut my head to my piston dome shape. Also looking to have the hole for the wrist pin in the connecting rod bored out a few mm aswell. Located in San Jose, but im open for really anything.

Thank you for your time, Mitch.

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todd amundson /

Mitch you need to go to Fresno or seriously just drive around your industrial areas and walk in. No way you’ll find a good shop in the directory. Boring a rod end with a reamer from amazon can be done in your basement in the dark while still mounted to the crank webs. Your squish bands another story. Stay away from weird J-Bot shit like tennis ball squish bands and find a REAL lathe guy. What really helps is if you can find a arbor for your spark plug hole. Machinist love being able to cut their set up times in half.

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not sure what they offeras far as head work goes, but team calamari in salinas has done good cylinder work for me with fast turnaround

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Overpriced Parts /

I disagree with Todd, driving around in industrial area to find a machine shop, finding an arbor that fits your plug hole, paying big bucks to cut a head is just nuts,

Moped‘s are do-it-yourself, it’s not hard to shape a aluminum head with different bits, sand paper rolls and buff wheels with a dremel yourself

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Pablo Puchasso /

Best way to find quality machine shop work: drive around aimlessly using your engine to guide you like a divining rod. Yep. Another quality bit of advice. Solved it.

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most of the good shops here in san jose are long gone. try calling a bike shop and ask them who they use, don't call a repair shop as they will tell you to bring it in to them.

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Mitchell Hoover /

Thank you everyone for your input, I ended up ordering from France as it was cost effective. I may also try and find a new wrist pin needle bearing. Thanks again everyone, appreciate it.

Re: Bay area machine shops?

> todd amundson Wrote:

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> Mitch you need to go to Fresno or seriously just drive around your

> industrial areas and walk in. No way you’ll find a good shop in the

> directory. Boring a rod end with a reamer from amazon can be done in

> your basement in the dark while still mounted to the crank webs. Your

> squish bands another story. Stay away from weird J-Bot shit like tennis

> ball squish bands and find a REAL lathe guy. What really helps is if you

> can find a arbor for your spark plug hole. Machinist love being able to

> cut their set up times in half.

Lol I’ve never used a tennis ball I use a lathe but whatever nudeballs

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> JBOT Admin Wrote:

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> > todd amundson Wrote:

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> > Mitch you need to go to Fresno or seriously just drive around your

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> > industrial areas and walk in. No way you’ll find a good shop in the

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> > directory. Boring a rod end with a reamer from amazon can be done in

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> > your basement in the dark while still mounted to the crank webs. Your

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> > squish bands another story. Stay away from weird J-Bot shit like

> tennis

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> > ball squish bands and find a REAL lathe guy. What really helps is if

> you

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> > can find a arbor for your spark plug hole. Machinist love being able

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> > cut their set up times in half.

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> Lol I’ve never used a tennis ball I use a lathe but whatever nudeballs

Haha I was gonna say... Jbot has a lathe not to far from the bay area and could probably do it.

I don't do custom stuff much any more but if I have it programmed I can do it too. My jig is a bit better than a spark plug mandrel...

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A lil bladez scooter wheel makes a perfect jig.

Holes for studs, a centered place to grab in the chuck, and hollow to run the long plug thread retainer bolt

That being said, I usually use the plug threads directly or I make the heads from scratch

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todd amundson /

Guaranteed if homeboy started driving around his industrial areas on the 15Th of September looking for a shop he’d be done already.

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Jimmy Cincinnati /

Driving around older industrial areas looking for "head work." Sounds legit.

Re: Bay area machine shops?

Mitchell Hoover /

Thanks again gents

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