Yeah I’ve been steering clear of the garage lately as it’s been harvest time and covid has made me kind of “why bother” but I decided to buy a solo from a salty bear. It’s on a Columbia “sport”, basically a rigid rear commuter. It’s janky and hilarious, but I’ve always wanted to play with one of these engines.
1. First question:
To reattach the head to cyl, the rubber o ring is in great shape, but the head gasket needs to be replaced. It’s gotta be a super solid tight butthole fit, because there’s all that water that’s itching to get into the combustion chamber. What to use to get a good seal? The original was a copper and fiber sandwiched gasket. ??? Idk.
2. Second question: the transfers are huge yet the transfer windows are teeny tiny, do most folks open those up a bit? I’ll definitely port the exhaust and boost as there’s plenty of meat.
3. Has anyone run these with an er3? It looks like it wouldn’t be too hard to mod for that.
4. I’m going to keep the awesome aluminum ex for now but will probably add a circuit pipe eventually.
Any inspiration for porting or building a ripper solo?