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Crankshaft

Steve Jowett www1.kingston.net/~fortierg/mainb.htm

Crankshaft
 

  Material  EN16
  Big End Journal Diameter  1.7509" -1.7504" (44.472mm - 44.460mm)
  Crankcheek Bolts Material  EN16S
  Balance Factor  52% (dry)
  Permissible End Float  0.005" - 0.015" (0.1270mm - 0.3810mm)
  Crankcheek Nuts Torque Setting  35 ft.lbs (750) and 30 ft.lbs (850)


History

The stroke length was the same for all crankshafts, although I have found reference to a short stroke (80.4mm) used on later machines; I would assume that this was for racing outfits from the factory. On all Commandos up to 1973, four studs, two bolts, locking plates, and nuts were fitted. This was altered in 1973 to six studs and nuts. The 1975 was altered again with the extension of the dowel to a threaded dowel complete with nuts and (washers for the dowel only). The oilway plug remained throughout, except the part number changed. I believe this was due to the change of the factory location from Plumstead to Wolverhampton.

The parts books indicate that the crank assembly could be purchased as separate items up to the 1973 model year. After that only the crank as a whole is listed. If for some reason your crank would need replacing, I would recommend that you replace it as a whole as the balance factor, although poor, is still factory tuned.

General Notes

When dismantling, note that the crankshaft will probably contain some oil in the sludge collection area in the centre. Loosen the nuts on the timing side, some of which may prove difficult as they are usually drift pinned to prevent them from coming loose during running. I always use new nut retaining plates during reassembly as the old ones may suffer from metal fatigue due to crimping and uncrimping during assembly and disassembly. For the cost of new ones I feel it is worth the price. If a piece should dislodge during operation it could become trapped within the bottom end or oil pump and the results could prove fatal to your machine.

Inspect all parts very carefully as this is the life blood of the machine (pistons excepted) and any failure here is sure to result in explosive discharge. New nuts and bolts may not prove necessary although the individual who builds the machine should decide. Upon reassembly I always make sure all parts are perfectly clean, tools are clean and wiped, and I lay it all out on a clean cotton cloth. Be extremely careful around the crankpins with tools and such. After a regrind or upon reassembly one wouldn't want a scar here.

J.B.Nicholson Modern Motorcycle Mechanics

The crankpins should be measured for wear with a micrometer. Standard dimensions on the 650-750 motors are 1.750" -1.7505". Regrinding and fitting of undersize shell bearings is recommended when maximum wear exceeds 0.003" and ovality is in excess of 0.002".

Crankshaft Dismantling:-
When reconditioning, it is advisable to remove the crankshaft halves from the flywheel to enable the large centre oilway which forms a sludge trap in the crankshaft halves, to be cleaned out. Before dismantling, make suitable register marks on one side of the flywheel with the crankshaft half to ensure reassembling in the original position, Before reassembling, make sure that joint surfaces are perfectly cleaned and tighten bolts progressively in a diagonal pattern. Lock bolts and nuts with a centre punch.

Crankshaft
 

1968 Commando
Fastback after Serial Number 126125 - Frame Number 126125
Part No. Description Quantity Models
 060571  Crankshaft assembly and con rods 1 All
 23262  Crankcheek timing side 1 All
 060542  Crankcheek driving side 1 All
 060731  Flywheel 1 All
 T-2105  Flywheel crankcheek dowel 1 All
 T-2033  Crankcheek bolt 4 All
 T-2086  Crankcheek stud 2 All
 T-2032  Nut retaining plate 2 All
 T-3021  Crankcheek stud nut 6 All
 23280  Crankcheek bolt nut 2 All
 E-4591  Crankcheek plug 1 All

 

1969 Commando
Fastback, S and R after Serial Number 131257 - Frame Number 131257
Part No. Description Quantity Models
 060571  Crankshaft assembly and con rods 1 All
 23262  Crankcheek timing side 1 All
 060542  Crankcheek driving side 1 All
 060731  Flywheel 1 All
 T-2105  Flywheel crankcheek dowel 1 All
 T-2033  Crankcheek bolt 4 All
 T-2086  Crankcheek stud 2 All
 T-2032  Nut retaining plate 2 All
 T-3021  Crankcheek stud nut 6 All
 23280  Crankcheek bolt nut 2 All
 E-4591  Crankcheek plug 1 All

 

1970 Commando
Fastback, S, R and Roadster after Serial Number 135140 - Frame Number 135140
Part No. Description Quantity Models
 060571  Crankshaft assembly and con rods 1 All
 23262  Crankcheek timing side 1 All
 060542  Crankcheek driving side 1 All
 060731  Flywheel 1 All
 T-2105  Flywheel crankcheek dowel 1 All
 T-2033  Crankcheek bolt 4 All
 T-2086  Crankcheek stud 2 All
 T-2032  Nut retaining plate 2 All
 T-3021  Crankcheek stud nut 6 All
 23280  Crankcheek bolt nut 2 All
 E-4591  Crankcheek plug 1 All

 

1971 Commando
Fastback, Roadster, Hi Rider and SS after Serial Number 141717 - Frame Number 141717
Part No. Description Quantity Models
 060571  Crankshaft assembly and con rods 1 All
 23262  Crankcheek timing side 1 All
 060542  Crankcheek driving side 1 All
 060731  Flywheel 1 All
 T-2105  Flywheel crankcheek dowel 1 All
 T-2033  Crankcheek bolt 4 All
 T-2086  Crankcheek stud 2 All
 T-2032  Nut retaining plate 2 All
 T-3021  Crankcheek stud nut 6 All
 23280  Crankcheek bolt nut 2 All
 E-4591  Crankcheek plug 1 All

 

1972 Commando
Fastback, Roadster, Roadster Combat, Interstate and Hi Rider
after Serial Number 200001 - Frame Number 200001
Part No. Description Quantity Models
 063106  Crankshaft assembly and con rods 1 All
 23262  Crankcheek timing side 1 All
 060542  Crankcheek driving side 1 All
 060731  Flywheel 1 All
 T-2105  Flywheel crankcheek dowel 1 All
 T-2033  Crankcheek bolt 4 All
 T-2086  Crankcheek stud 2 All
 T-2032  Nut retaining plate 2 All
 T-3021  Crankcheek stud nut 6 All
 23280  Crankcheek bolt nut 2 All
 E-4591  Crankcheek plug 1 All

 

1973 Commando
Roadster, Hi Rider and Interstate
Part No. Description Quantity Models
 063106  Crankshaft assembly and con rods 1 All
 23262  Crankcheek timing side 1 All
 060542  Crankcheek driving side 1 All
 060731  Flywheel 1 All
 T-2105  Flywheel crankcheek dowel 1 All
 T-2033  Crankcheek bolt 4 All
 T-2086  Crankcheek stud 2 All
 T-2032  Nut retaining plate 2 All
 T-3021  Crankcheek stud nut 6 All
 23280  Crankcheek bolt nut 2 All
 E-4591  Crankcheek plug 1 All

 

1974 Commando
Roadster, Hi Rider and Interstate
Part No. Description Quantity Models
 063106  Crankshaft assembly and con rods 1 All
 23262  Crankcheek timing side 1 All
 060542  Crankcheek driving side 1 All
 060731  Flywheel 1 All
 T-2105  Flywheel crankcheek dowel 1 All
 T-2033  Crankcheek bolt 4 All
 T-2086  Crankcheek stud 2 All
 T-2032  Nut retaining plate 2 All
 T-3021  Crankcheek stud nut 6 All
 23280  Crankcheek bolt nut 2 All
 E-4591  Crankcheek plug 1 All

 

1975 Commando
Roadster, Hi Rider and Interstate
Part No. Description Quantity Models
 065660  Crankshaft assembly and con rods 1 All
 065671  Flywheel crankcheek dowel 1 All
   Dowel stud 1 All
 065674  Crankshaft stud 6 All
 T-2031  Crankcheek stud nut 14 All
 23280  Dowel stud washer 2 All
 067600  Crankshaft oilway screw 1 All

 

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