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Ducati Scrambler 800 - Service manual > Overhauling the connecting rod assembly

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Make the following dimensional checks on the connecting rods:

In case of excessive wear, replace the connecting rod. The small end bush must be in good condition and firmly driven into its seat.

Check the parallelism error measured at 100 mm from the connecting rod longitudinal axis: it must be H-h lower than 0.02 mm; otherwise, replace the con-rod.

Connecting rod big-end diameter must be within the specified limits.

It is preferable to use crankshafts and connecting rods of the same size class.

Crankcase: connecting rod assembly

Replacing connecting rod big end bearings

It is good practice to replace the bearings (4) each time the engine is overhauled.

Spare bearings are supplied ready for fitting and they must not be reworked with scrapers or emery cloth.

Crankcase: connecting rod assembly

Overhauling the crankshaft

The journals for main bearings and crank pin should not be scored or grooved.

The threads, keyways, and slots must be in good condition.

Check for fretting or burrs in the fillet between journal and shoulder.

Fillet radius: 1.5 mm.

Use a micrometer to measure oval and taper value of the crank pin. Measure oval and taper in several different directions.

Crankcase: connecting rod assembly

Crankcase: connecting rod assembly

Use a dial gauge to measure the alignment of the main journals by positioning the crankshaft between two centres.

Loosen all crankshaft plugs (5), (6) and (7), heating the crankshaft, if necessary, to remove the sealant applied at the time of assembly.

Crankcase: connecting rod assembly

Crankcase: connecting rod assembly

To carry out this operation, use a heat gun able to reach 150 ВєC.

Crankcase: connecting rod assembly

Clean all the oilways using suitable diameter metal brushes and then blow with compressed air to remove any residues that may have accumulated and are restricting the oil flow.

Crankcase: connecting rod assembly

Apply specified threadlocker to the threads of plugs (5), (6) and (7), then refit them.

Crankcase: connecting rod assembly

Crankcase: connecting rod assembly

Tighten plugs (5) and (7) to a torque of 13 Nm (Min. 11 Nm - Max. 15 Nm) and plug (6) to a torque of 15 Nm (Min. 13.5 Nm - Max. 16.5 Nm).

Big-end bearing-crank pin clearance

To check the assembly clearance between the bearing shells and crankshaft use a strip (A) of GREEN "Plastigage PG-1" on the journal.

Fit the connecting rod with the original bearings (4) and tighten the screws (3) to a torque of 49 Nm.

Remove the connecting rod and compare the thickness of the strip to the scale.

If the detected shim, corresponding to the present clearance, does not fall within the specified limits

Crankcase: connecting rod assembly

Crankcase: connecting rod assembly

Disassembling the connecting rod assembly

Important Take care not to mix up components of different connecting rods and maintain the original orientation.

To disassemble the connecting rod assembly, loosen screws (3) and separate connecting rods (2) from crankshaft (1).

Crankcase: connecting rod assembly

Removing the connecting rod assembly

Remove the engine from the frame (Removing the engine).

Remove the clutch cover (Removing the clutch cover).

Remove the complete clutch unit (Removing the clutch).

Remove the oil pump (Removing the oil pump).

Remove the generator cover (Removing the generator cover).

Remove the heads (Removing the engine heads).

Remove the cylinder (Removing the cylinder/piston assembly).

Remove the starter motor idler gear (Removing the starter motor idler gear).

After separating the crankcase halves, remove the crankshaft (1) complete with connecting rods (2).

Crankcase: connecting rod assembly


See also:

 Ducati Scrambler 800 - Service manual > Reassembling the connecting rod assembly

Before starting, check that the crankshaft main bearing and big-end journals are free of burrs or evident signs of machining: if necessary, clean the surfaces with very fine emery cloth and oil.

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