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Hello from Belgium

Postby guytdi » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:52 am

Hi guys (and girls), my name is Guy , 27y/o and living in Antwerp Belgium , i'm a school teacher in automotive tech. before i worked 5 years as a citroen mechanic and 1 year porsche mechanic.

Got quite a history on both 2 wheels and 4 wheels. I cant really remember every vehicle i have owned nor the modifications i have made on them but i lost count at 50. At the moment i own a 1990 discovery TDi for offroading , 1971 citroen DS as daily drive , a yamaha T-max daily drive and a 19?? Dnepr K650 wich is an ongoing project.

The latter got me interested in and researching dieselbikes. I ride 50kms a day to and from work and even tough the T-max is quite economical at 5L/100kms the price of petrol is getting out of control so i have been planning and researching for about a year now on how i'm going to dieselify the Dnepr.

The standards i set for myself are high, because :
- It has to be reliable
- It has to produce 40hp at least
- It has to be common enough so that in case of any failure parts are easy to come by
- It has to fit the original Dnepr frame / gearbox (willing to mod the backbone tough)
- It has to be a mechanical Tdi engine (price / posibility to run the engine on not only diesel)
- I have to be able to carry it all out by myself

I have searched far and wide for an engine that would meet these demands but appart from the (very hard to come by) daihatsu 3cil 1L TDi unit i dont seem to be able to find anything. While roaming the internet i also found out that the daihatsu unit isnt all that reliable so at the moment im looking into basicly cutting a peugeot/citroen 1.9L TDi unit in half to extract a working 2 cilinder 900cc TDi engine , also this engine had the bosch VE-pump on it wich allows alot in terms of tuning, alternative fuels and bullet proofness.

Bought the engine yesterday and i hope to get started by the end of september , first just throwing out 2 pistons / con rods and ripping the pump appart to disable injection to cilinder 1 and 2 (i'm planning on cutting off the flywheel side and in france they start counting from the flywheel) and just seeing if it will still run somewhat normal ...

I'll keep u guys updated and try to get some pics online asap.
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Re: Hello from Belgium

Postby Stuart » Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:36 am

Welcome to the forum Guy. Sounds like an interesting project you have there. A few here have used these bigger engines but none, to my knowledge, have ever cut one in half.
I look forward to any updates you post :-)
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Re: Hello from Belgium

Postby guytdi » Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:33 pm

I have to admit that the clip below sparked this idea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDJxXdVpKVY

In THEORY it should work :)
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Re: Hello from Belgium

Postby Tamber » Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:21 am

In theory it should work; but then again, in theory the gap between theory and practice is very small... ;)
Sounds like an interesting idea, though! Hope it works out well! (Or, at the very least, that you learn something new; if it doesn't work. :P )
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Re: Hello from Belgium

Postby silver fox » Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:54 am

Welcome and the best of luck with the project
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Re: Hello from Belgium

Postby Rhynri » Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:44 pm

Can I have the other half? :P
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Re: Hello from Belgium

Postby coachgeo » Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:45 pm

What is the firing order?

Would you in truth need the middle two cylinders according to fire order (actually front or back two but use middle of crank and cam.
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Re: Hello from Belgium

Postby guytdi » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:13 am

Unless i'm mistaken the firing order is 1,3,4,2 so the engine will probebly sound like a hit and miss engine as the 1 and 2 bit will literaly fall off. I honestly dont know if it is viable, but as i said , before i start cutting i am going to throw out 2 pistons, 2 conrods, 2 injectors and just see if it will run, let alone produce any kind of power.
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Re: Hello from Belgium

Postby Diesel Dave » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:05 pm

You will have a 180 degree twin so balance should be OK, it will have an off beat sound as it will fire 1,2 then a gap before firing again but that's no different to a Ruggerini.

Best of luck.
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Re: Hello from Belgium

Postby Blunt Eversmoke » Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:44 am

Second that: Good luck! Oh, and please DO keep us posted, cutting diesels in half would be quite the method of bike engine acquisition if it worked.
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