Just got the bad news: My RTV900 needs a new engine.

FTG-05

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One of the cylinders has lost compression; requires a rebuild or replacement. :( It smokes like heck. Worse, the throttle/HST linkages are fubared and no one will fix it due to the engine problem. "We stopped when we saw the engine problem!"

I could *probably* live with the smoke and lost of power - if it ran right - but it doesn't.

Who here has the definitive "throttle/HST linkages" set up/tune up guide here?

My dealer says used RTVs are selling like hot cakes: How much do you think I could get for ~1800 hours RTV with a bum engine?

Thanks for listening. :(
 

v10rick

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Bum RTV900s have been listed and seem to sell quickly, in my area. Some with engine problems but most with transmission issues.
If the body is in decent condition (no cancer from road salt) $2K is the asking price.

What's specifically wrong with the engine? A new OEM head with valves (ready to bolt on) and gasket is about $1100, $900 for a Chinese version. I priced a OEM short block for $2500 several years ago.
 

aurthuritis

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maybe it needs an engine and maybe it doesn't............. pull the glow plugs and make or purchase an adapter to check compression. could be a valve spring or valve or could just be a bad injector. might just need a head????? i would investigate. the linkages aren't that complex unless they are fubar
 

FTG-05

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Bum RTV900s have been listed and seem to sell quickly, in my area. Some with engine problems but most with transmission issues.
If the body is in decent condition (no cancer from road salt) $2K is the asking price.

What's specifically wrong with the engine? A new OEM head with valves (ready to bolt on) and gasket is about $1100, $900 for a Chinese version. I priced a OEM short block for $2500 several years ago.
Bad compression in at least one cylinder. It's burning oil like no tomorrow.
 

FTG-05

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maybe it needs an engine and maybe it doesn't............. pull the glow plugs and make or purchase an adapter to check compression. could be a valve spring or valve or could just be a bad injector. might just need a head????? i would investigate. the linkages aren't that complex unless they are fubar
Local shop already did that. They're going to readjust the linkages so at least I can use it somewhat around the farm until the 850 gets here. Then I'll swap tires and sell it. I'm tired of dealing with it.
 
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