Are cheap Chinese engine kits any good?

I blew my engine on my bike (96 Suzuki Dr200) from what I believe was all the oil leaking out on the highway and subsequent failure (sounds like it spun a bearing or dropped a valve). Anyway, its locked up and nonfunctional now and I need to rebuild it. Parts are so obscure for it though that the cheapest (and sometimes only) available parts I can find are brand new extremely cheap (65 bucks) kits consisting of the piston, rings, gaskets, block, etc. Have any of you had experience with these? I don't want to use it if I have a choice, but I may not.

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  • don r
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Find a used engine from cycle salvage. You have all winter to swap out the junked engine.

  • 1 month ago

    Pick up a piece of polished mahogany. It's smooth and has beautiful grain.  Now pick up a piece of rough pine.

    That's like the comparison between a Japanese motorcycle and a Chinese one.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    .  All the oil leaking out has more to do with GASKETS. No motor handles that misuse.

    I would not bother rebuilding it.  It is HOSED!  Buy another bike. It will be cheaper and you can go up in size and newer.  Don't muck up this time with lack of oil.  Maybe get another Suzi and many of the parts should be transferable over.(basically the same design and screw sizes.)

  • 1 month ago

    The easy way is to check mc junkyards for a bike that t-boned a car or truck or train and crunched the front forks but has a perfectly ok engine.

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  • 1 month ago

    Buy a different bike.

    Source(s): Mitsubishi Master Tech
  • 1 month ago

    If you ran it out of oil, sounds like you need a whole new engine.  And not just the stuff you have listed here.  

  • In
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The transmission is built into the engine casing so you will be swapping that out too.  Motor mounts on a Chinese motor may not line up, the chain and possibly the rear sprocket may need to be changed, and the clutch and throttle cables may need to be swapped out.  Your resale value will also be nearly nothing, so in my opinion you would be better off buying a used engine from a salvage yard or rebuilding the existing engine.  I found a listing for a good used engine on eBay for $1095 which strikes me as high considering a replacement engine for my Suzi S-50/C-50/M-50 (805cc) is listed on the same page for $849 (first link).  New crankshaft bearings are $42.95 (second link), a cylinder sleeve is $89.95 (third link), and the gasket set is $23.95 (fourth link).  You may or may not need a new piston, valves, and valve seats depending on how extensive the damage is when your tear down the motor and you can find them on the BikeBandit website.

  • Ian K
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Try a Suzuki parts desk.  

    • Ian K
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      Can also get parts for my older bikes that haven't had manufacturer support since the 1970's, have to do some digging and actually use a phone....

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