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I have been busy on this forum since my 300 mile Cross Baja trip with great answers received and taken! It now looks like my engine is toast, it sounded like a tin can before it came to a sudden bang and stop and did not want to start again. In guessing I think there may be a broken connecting rod, probably piston damage.....

The question is, should I take the engine out and examine the damage and just take the engine up to the States for repair or replacement, or should I tow the whole Cat up?

Since we drive here rather remote areas, would it be better to replace the engine with a new one with warranty or would rebuilding or exchange service be a more economically decision. Looks like a new engine will cost just under $2000! Did not plan this for a 300 mile trip, but it looks that the dust was the cause. The stock air intake is in a bad spot and will have to be re-located.

What suggestiond do you have? :(
 

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If you are comfortable with pulling the engine and have room to store all the parts so they don't get lost. I say pull it and take them the engine.

There are BBK available if you want to up the power a little while it's out and depending on what needs replacing.

Have you had the clutch off yet? The reason I ask is mine wouldn't start out on the trail and it was do the the clutches melting down and seizing the engine from turning over. Dealer replaced clutch parts under warranty and updated starter and was good to go.

Those clutches will sound like a grenade when they go and the belt disintigrates.
 

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Well you have the right ideas in my opinion. If you buy a new one you can get some return selling used parts off the old one. And you should have a little piece of mind with the new one and warranty. On the other hand rebuilding the one you have might be a little cheaper. I think if it was me I would make sure it is grenade d first before I made any decisions. And there is always the option of a good used one.
A totally clogged air filter becomes almost as bad as not running one. The engine will just start pulling all the crap in the filter has stopped. K&N's are really bad for this. Just hold them up to the light and look through them. You will see the light.



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Thank you all for your suggestions. Based on my location (B.C.S.) and a friends offer to drive the engine up to the shop, I took the engine out of the cat and have it driven up on the 2nd of Jan. Trusting the positive feedback and my initial dealings with Mike at Prestige Motor Sports, I'll have it sent there. Mike doesn't know it yet, and I hope to get an honest assessment what's broken/worn and what the best way is to make it good as new. We drive down here in rather remote areas, where reliability is not a luxury. This is also one of the reason I'll be getting a SPOT locator, which I can also take out on the boat to send a signal in case of trouble.
 
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