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New owner of 1996 KX80 with engine questions

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Old 10-29-2010   #1
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Default New owner of 1996 KX80 with engine questions

I am the very proud owner of a new (to me) '96 kx80. It is a nice looking little bike, and other than some cosmetic items, it just needs a top end including the cylinder, cylinder head, pistons and rings and a pipe to get it running.

The block is all there and the connecting rod is sticking out awaiting a new piston, wrist pin and cylinder. The crank and rod readily rotate and there is an oily watery, rather smelly mix coating it, but I guess that is good that it is rotating freely and lubed up even if a bit dirty. The connecting rod appears really straight with just a bit of what appears to be surface rust.

My question is regarding the viability of the engine case (bottom end) itself. I would like to describe the block (and post pics if necessary) to get your expert feedback on whether it is a useable base.

To begin, the outer surfaces where the block would meet the cylinder head (if I had one) are true and flat. However, the inboard crankcase surfaces, where the rod is closest to, have what appears to be a bit of scoring from what I presume to be past rod to case contact. Again, the rod itself is arrow straight with no corresponding marks, so I am not for certain if what I am looking at is from a slight bit of rod to case contact or is just part of the factory maching of the crankcase. A previous owner could also have replaced the rod, but I have no way of knowing that so I have to assume it is the original rod.

From this description, is this block usable? I would like to think that all I have to do is find myself a topend and pipe and then once I put it back together, away I go riding, but I don't want to purchase a new top end only to find that once I get it all back together the thing doesn't run right if at all.

Sorry for the long post, but I am a KX newbie. Let me know if I need to post pics and I'll try to do this. The last (and only other) bike I had was a 1979 YZ 125 back around 1984!

I really appreciate any help in advance.

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Old 10-30-2010   #2
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i would just replace that part if possibale but if not then it may be ok dependin on the scoring and may be ok but their is only 1 way to find out and that is to try it but that then inturn may cost you more mony than just replacing that part
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Old 11-03-2010   #3
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i would probly just flush out the bottum end with nice cleand oil and if the crank sprinns nice and freeley i would run it
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