The cost of having a motorcycle engine rebuilt varies depending on the type, model, make, and age of the motorcycle. The cost for this type of repair is also dependent on the usual or customary costs for these repairs for the area you reside in, the cost of changed parts needed for the rebuild, the cost of labor, and more. Here are a few of the top factors for figuring out how much your rebuild will cost.
Costs for a motorcycle engine rebuild can start from $3,000-7,000. The cost estimate on the lower end may or may not include the cost of replacement parts that are required for the motorcycle engine’s rebuild. The cost estimate on the higher end may include this cost, but neither estimates includes the cost of labor.
Differences in Labor Costs
Labor costs will differ from different regions of the country. Labor costs that range between $30-75 per hour may add an additional $300-1,500 in cost to the rebuild of your motorcycle engine. Therefore, you may want to consider rebuilding your own engine to save money.
Services Inclusive in an Engine Rebuild
The types of services associated with a motorcycle rebuild include any or all of the following repairs:
- Camshaft repairs or replacement
- Change of the oil pump
- Installation of new rod bearings
- Installation of new crank and connecting rod hardware
- Change of the main bearings
- Hardware for the crankcase and engine to cradle mount
- Replacement of the head fasteners
- Replacement of guides, valves, and springs
- Replacement of the rocker arm
- Replacement of the ignition points
- Replacement of the cam chain
- Replacing of the spark plugs
- Resetting of ignition timing
This list is however not an exhaustive list of the services required to rebuild a motorcycle engine, but it includes some of the most common ones. This list also shows how various parts are required depending on what has to be done for your own motorcycle engine repair, therefore explaining the wide gap in the provided estimate prior to a mechanic looking at your engine.
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Determine the Best Approach
When determining how to best approach the rebuild of a motorcycle engine, cost is likely one of the biggest determinates. While you can do it yourself, it should be noted that finishing an engine repair is more difficult than other motorcycle maintenance like repairing its frame, and it is not something a casual or occasional hobbyist should attempt without training.