Ducati Service/ Repair - Sportbike Forum: Sportbike Motorcycle Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-25-2003, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Dante's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Saint Petersburg
Posts: 7
Ducati Service/ Repair

I recently bought a Ducati 998 with 2000 miles. Fortunately, I have not had to service or repair it yet, but when I do I plan on using a local mechanic that has been servicing my bikes for 2 years. He is not a Ducati certified mechanic, but he said that he can fix anything on the bike and has been for years. I trust the guy's word and he has never done me wrong before, plus he works for dirt cheap. Can I trust him to work on my bike or should I get gouged at my local Ducati dealer.

I was thinking about letting him do some minor stuff on the bike before I let him rip into the valves.

Does anyone have any advice or horor stories that I might want to look out for.
Dante is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-30-2003, 04:22 PM
Registered User
 
BamBam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bolivar, Ohio USA 44612
Posts: 148
Send a message via AIM to BamBam Send a message via Yahoo to BamBam
Nice bike, congratulations.

I think it's really important to have a mechanic who's work you respect and who you can trust to do the work or at least come clean if he cannot.
There are a few specialist things when working on the Desmo engines... What I would do is discuss the potential issues with him and judge whether he has enough specific knowledge to attemt the work.
Ask him what tolerances he'd be using for the valves, where he will be borrowing the matheisis tester from, what he'll do if he finds a flaking rocker, stuff that is specific to these handbuilt performance bikes.... this and background on flywheel nuts, clutch slave seals etc are what you want your mechanic to be knowledgable about. If he's well read on this stuff, I'd say let him at it... if not, cough up for a Ducati mech or do it yourself.

Cheers, Bill (BamBam)


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
-
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
-
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

I live in fear of not being misunderstood. ~ Oscar Wilde
BamBam is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-30-2003, 06:51 PM
Registered User
 
Chumley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Sid-er-knee, Oztralia
Posts: 726
yep, I know what you mean

I agree with Bam Bam.. There are many specialuist tools required for Ducati service and maintenance. By all means get your guy to do simple stuff, but I wouldn't want anyone else but Ducati doing a valve job on mine.

Chumley

"When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading"

"Flying is easy... You just have to throw yourself at the ground and miss"
Chumley is offline  
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-30-2003, 06:52 PM
Registered User
 
Chumley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Sid-er-knee, Oztralia
Posts: 726
OOps!

One more thing - if the bike is still under warranty, then taking it to any other mechanic will invalidate that

Chumley

"When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading"

"Flying is easy... You just have to throw yourself at the ground and miss"
Chumley is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-22-2003, 08:09 AM
Moderator
 
DocThee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Madison Heights, MI 48071
Posts: 4,824
Send a message via AIM to DocThee Send a message via Yahoo to DocThee
Until the warranty ran out, I had all my work done at the Ducati dealership, the whole warranty thing. Now that my warranty is up, I do MOST of my own work. I am learning how to do the valves this winter. I have a friend who is a mechanic and we bought the shim kit and the other tools to do the valve check/adjustment. Too many knuckleheads in my area to trust with my baby. Only 4 Ducati dealerships in Michigan, two are near me and they both suck!


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Keep the ride on...

AIM and Yahoo! - DocThee

"Anything can be a medicine or a poison."

Virtus Junxit Mors Non Seperabit
DocThee is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-05-2003, 03:36 PM
Banned
 
iccarref1026's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: jamison,PA USA18929
Posts: 193
let me ask you docthee,what will you do if you find a flaking rocker?for what rockers and cams cost,and being that ducati will warranty any flaking rocker.isn't it worth it to have the valves done by someone who knows what to look for.i have seen many flaking rockers.and most of the time the mechanic had to show me what was wrong with it after it was out of the motor.you may not ever have a problem.will you know that?ken hindermyer
iccarref1026 is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-05-2003, 04:56 PM
Registered User
 
BamBam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bolivar, Ohio USA 44612
Posts: 148
Send a message via AIM to BamBam Send a message via Yahoo to BamBam
Quote:
Originally posted by iccarref1026
let me ask you docthee,what will you do if you find a flaking rocker?for what rockers and cams cost,and being that ducati will warranty any flaking rocker.isn't it worth it to have the valves done by someone who knows what to look for.i have seen many flaking rockers.and most of the time the mechanic had to show me what was wrong with it after it was out of the motor.you may not ever have a problem.will you know that?ken hindermyer
I've never heard of rockers flaking on the two valves... when did this start happening? I do most of my own work too (including valves) and thought I was reasonably current with this stuff, but now I'm concerned. I've seen photos of the flaking rockers on superbikes and they seem pretty clear - I imagine it'd be even more obvious on the SS.. or am I mistaken?

Cheers, Bill (BamBam)


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
-
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
-
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

I live in fear of not being misunderstood. ~ Oscar Wilde

Last edited by BamBam; 11-05-2003 at 05:00 PM.
BamBam is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-07-2003, 02:59 PM
Banned
 
iccarref1026's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: jamison,PA USA18929
Posts: 193
you're absolutly right bam bam.i've never seen a flaking rocker on a two valve either.i did not realize that we were talking about a 900 ss,sorry.but in any case,alot of those bad rockers are tough to spot as i said. especially when they are in the motor!
iccarref1026 is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-10-2003, 08:19 PM
Moderator
 
DocThee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Madison Heights, MI 48071
Posts: 4,824
Send a message via AIM to DocThee Send a message via Yahoo to DocThee
Quote:
Originally posted by iccarref1026
you're absolutly right bam bam.i've never seen a flaking rocker on a two valve either.i did not realize that we were talking about a 900 ss,sorry.but in any case,alot of those bad rockers are tough to spot as i said. especially when they are in the motor!
Heard it was a HUGE problem with the 748's.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Keep the ride on...

AIM and Yahoo! - DocThee

"Anything can be a medicine or a poison."

Virtus Junxit Mors Non Seperabit
DocThee is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Sportbike Forum: Sportbike Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome