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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:16 am

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Location: chesterfield va

Saw Chief cylinders on Ebay for about $600.Does anyone have info on these CHEAP priced items.Thanks.

Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:58 am

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Location: Wisconsin, USA
Beware of the very low quality castings from India. A friend bought a set and after much fooling around with guide holes, cylinder base holes, etc. threw them in the scrap pile. Hopefully, our Hosts from S&S will have good quality cylinders available soon.

Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:15 am

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I haven't seen the items described but I would certainly agree that some of the castings and machined items I have seen from India don't appear to have any Quality Control of any description
Shoot, a man could have a good weekend in Dallas with all that stuff...

Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:27 am

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Location: Espoo, Finland
I have heard good of these cylinders.

One has to check the guides and there was one set where casting core had moved so you could see the "line" in fins. That was just a cosmetic flaw.

Otherwise I heard that they wear nicely, ie they are not too soft.

Ask VI list this same question, or read their archive. You'll get more info. I believe you'll get alot of positive feedback.

Jack

Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:55 am

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is Virtual Indian still running? where can I find them?
Shoot, a man could have a good weekend in Dallas with all that stuff...

Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 5:49 am

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Location: Middle England UK
45Brit wrote:
is Virtual Indian still running? where can I find them?




http://virtualindian.org/index.htm :wink:

Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:45 am

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Location: Central Illinois, USA
The VirtualIndian mailing list is very active:
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/VirtualIndian/

Reports are that the castings have improved.
Our Host should be encouraged to keep in the race. The Indian market is very healthy.

....Cotten

Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:09 am

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found it, joined it... two vintage Indian sprinters and a Chout all in UK! Going to have a target for my 45 project, I can see that...
Shoot, a man could have a good weekend in Dallas with all that stuff...

Post Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:39 am
panic

I just examined a pair of Chief cylinders sold by Eastern. Looked very good, the iron appears very hard, machined surfaces are clean, no mistakes or marks. Only bad area was flashing roughness inside the ports, easily cleaned up with a Dremel. About $600. pair with guides, retail.

Post Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:42 am

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I've put 24K kilometers on one of the early cylinder sets.
They had some visual and mechanical issues, but they have worked out very well!!
I'm not into museum show quality anyway.. I want something that works (nearly) regardless of where I'm riding.

I got a spare set later (2years ago) and this set didn't have the issues as the early set..
The cylinders still had the hone marks visible after 24K, and no noticable wear apart from the standard valve seat adjustments. The cylinders have very good metallurgy..harder than original and previous repro cylinders. But.. keeping consistent quality is maybe an issue with the bargain price parts (I pay $400 for a set).

I'm installing new totalseal rings now which I believe are slightly harder and off course seals better.. I hope this will last a long(er) time before piston blowby becomes a problem. I switched to soft mahle rings some years back, after several reported problems of hard rings and soft repro cylinders. But now I have much harder cylinder walls to cope with harder rings..

As long as it works for me in real life.. I don't care too much about theory...:)

Post Mon May 12, 2008 11:20 am

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I don't care too much about theory...


"Theory is the same as practice...in theory...but not in practice."

Post Tue May 20, 2008 12:05 am

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Location: Paris, France

45Brit wrote:
found it, joined it... two vintage Indian sprinters and a Chout all in UK! Going to have a target for my 45 project, I can see that...


You are not alone :)
There are 2 very active Indian Motocycles clubs in Great Britain :
http://www.indianmotocycle.co.uk
http://www.indianriders.co.uk


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