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Got this chunk of aluminum in my cylinder.... all resulting from a spark plug change... don't ask. If anybody has any good ideas on how to get it out without pulling my motor and pulling the head I would really appreciate it. It's a 2000 929.

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How big are we talkin'?

That is a damn tricky problem.

Any chance of getting it with one of those "claws" you see at parts stores?
 

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Coat hanger with something tacky on the end? :idunno: Give us more details and we might be able to help....
 

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Cook seamus dinner and have him flip the bike over and shake it out.

Ok. Sorry could not help it.

How did the piece get in there? did you drop it in there or was it found in the cyl?

IF the exhaust velve is open. You could remove the header and blow compressed air through the exhaust port and hope it comes out that way. The shop vac thing sounds interestin as well.
 

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luvtolean said:
How big are we talkin'?

That is a damn tricky problem.

Any chance of getting it with one of those "claws" you see at parts stores?
You're the expert...you should be able to just walk him through on the phone, no?
















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for the shop vac to be even possible the intake and exhaust ports both have to be closed so you can even attempt to get enough suction in there. I doubt it'll work because you probably won't get a very good seal around the plug hole. If the exhaust port is open that would probably work. still gotta take the headers off and put the plug in.

Of course all this is moot if the valves aren't in either of the postions because you can't just turn the engine over manually.


I wouldn't use a coat hanger for fear of scratching the cylinder wall. A small extending pointer (or magnet) might work with something tacky on the end.
 

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Silly putty around the plug hole to form a seal with the shop vac (or the "Pete") and suck away.
 

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Silly putty around the plug hole to form a seal with the shop vac (or the "Pete") and suck away.
I just called you smart the other day and now you go and say something dumb like that, especially after I had just mentioned how to plug the hole (put the plug in it)
 

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Of course all this is moot if the valves aren't in either of the postions because you can't just turn the engine over manually.
Technically you can, but it's probably not a good idea with a loose piece of metal in there.
 

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Technically you can, but it's probably not a good idea with a loose piece of metal in there.
yeah pretty much what I was getting at. also a little bit of a project to turn the engine manually with it fully assembled.


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The chunk is about the size of like half a pinky nail. I tried vaccuming with a household vaccum with no luck already. I was going to close off the valves and try blowing an air compressor in there and hope for a miracle. I think I'm alright to turn the motor over by hand slowly. Also a friend of mine that is a mechanic said to just leave the spark plug out and crank it. I really don't like that idea though, scares me just thinking about it. Thanks for your help guys
 

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I just called you smart the other day and now you go and say something dumb like that, especially after I had just mentioned how to plug the hole (put the plug in it)
No shit. I meant to put the putty there in a donut-shaped blob around the hole, not in it fucknut. Then you could form an air-tight seal with the vaccuum nozzle. Plug off the airbox breather and see if you can suck it out.
 

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Also a friend of mine that is a mechanic said to just leave the spark plug out and crank it. I really don't like that idea though, scares me just thinking about it. Thanks for your help guys
Speaking from the experience of a washer falling down there and bending a valve (the first session at Fireblade.org days) I can tell you if that piece of shit aluminum gets up there and the valve closes while it's on the seat, it will bend the valve.

DO NOT do that. If it was a 2 stroke, I'd advise as your "mechanic" friend has. But not on a sportbike with tiny, fragile, titanium valves.
 

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The chunk is about the size of like half a pinky nail.
Well, try a "claw" or a magnet with a healthy daub of grease on the end. And say hail mary's or pray to whomever it is you do to.

This isn't sounding good man.
 

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Another vote for not cranking the motor over with this piece still in it. If the claw does not get it I would suggest pulling the head.
 

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Get a peice of 1\4 inch fuel line and adapt it to fit your vacuum. Then you can reach in and grab the metal with no problem.

I don't see putty working - then you will have two chunks of trash to get out.

Grease may work to some degree, and who cares if that falls off. It'll burn - or stick to the plug and foul it.

As for the fuel line - start with the 1\4 inch and connect other "short" peices of hose, larger in diameter to it until you can successfully duct-tape it to the vacuum hose.
 

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"Get a peice of 1\4 inch fuel line and adapt it to fit your vacuum. Then you can reach in and grab the metal with no problem."

+1 do what he said
 
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