Need help - ATVConnection.com ATV Enthusiast Community

Buying an ATV Questions and suggestions about what to buy, financing, insurance, etc.

Need help

Reply

  #1  
Old 12-18-2017, 03:54 PM
Weekend Warrior
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 9
Exclamation Need help

Hello. I was looking to buy a quad but I do not have alot of money. I have found a 1986 suzuki quadsport 230. It needs a carb clean and the guy says the valves need to be adjusted bad. the pictures dont look to bad and it comes with new front tires. I just need a little help on my descision. The guy wants 500$. thanks-alan
 
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-18-2017, 06:37 PM
Kymco 450i's Avatar
Pro Rider
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Perrysburg Ohio
Posts: 1,099
Default

Those were good old quads, not fast but reliable if taken care of. You need to do a lot more checking to see if it is a good buy or not. They always need a carb clean but just cleaning hardly ever works...what is needed is a complete carb rebuild with a good rebuild kit!! Valve adjustment is not bad if that is all it is??? Many things can cause valves to be out of adjustment, some are minor and some could be major, so a deeper investigation is needed. Run a compression check, check spark. check inside gas tank for any rust or crud. Check diffs for lube and or water and rust. Parts should be availiable but keep in mind Suzuki parts are expensive, more expensive than other mfgrs. Don't know why but this has been there biggest downfall over the years. They make good equipment but replacement parts are just plain expensive!
 
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-19-2017, 08:31 AM
Weekend Warrior
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 9
Default

Thank you. I will make sure to check those. How will I fix the valves? thanks
 
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-19-2017, 06:52 PM
Kymco 450i's Avatar
Pro Rider
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Perrysburg Ohio
Posts: 1,099
Default

Originally Posted by AlanCastellano View Post
Thank you. I will make sure to check those. How will I fix the valves? thanks
First things first... you need to check all the things I mentioned first..if the compression is good then we look at valve adjustment. I very highly recommend finding a factory service manual for this machine if you plan on buying and working on it. There is a cap at the top of the cylinder that is removed and the valve adjustment is there. You will need to know what the valve lash dimension is, you need to look it up. Turn over the motor and be sure they are going up and down, then you need to find TDC then set valve lash. If you not sure of what I am talking about then do lots of research. You need to know some things ( get specs) before you get into it. You don't want to get into a bad motor issue...way to expensive!
 
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-30-2017, 09:55 AM
YamahaMoto's Avatar
Country Rider
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Michigan
Posts: 284
Default

Honestly, it is tricky to do the valves. You may need to bring it in to a shop. But reed the post above for more info
 
Reply With Quote
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
honda400exracer3
Honda
7
12-21-2008 07:17 PM
jrocs
Kawasaki
2
07-21-2004 10:00 PM
Prairiewrench
Kawasaki
9
04-29-2004 01:05 AM
mxer
Drivetrain, Suspension & Tires
2
01-26-2000 10:12 AM

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Need help


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: