Riding home yesterday I was hard into a fast curve when a heartbreaking noise started in the top end of the Tiger. I shut her down within seconds before I even got out of the lean and didn't dare try starting her back up. The tow home was a whole other gut wrenching affair and I was lucky to get the bike home in one piece but that's a story for later. After removing the cam cover and seeing everything seemingly intact I removed the plug nearest the cam chain and found the guts of the NGK completely gone including the electrode, tab and ceramic insulator. Now, after spending thousands of dollars on seats, luggage, crash bars,heated grips and every other accessory usually added to these bikes not to mention the bike itself and selling off most of my worldly possessions for gear to take off on an extended expedition, and just 7000 total miles on the bike, I have this to deal with.
According to the manual, the cylinder sleeves need to be removed whenever removing the head, which is a new one on me but I'm thinking they more than likely were damaged anyway so the special tool will need to be ordered but the shocker came when pricing the head at Bike Bandit ! Almost $2000 !! and not a sign of one on ebay or craigslist.
Anybody know of anywhere with more sane prices or used parts not priced more than the book value on the bike ? There is no way I can afford the shop or dealer labor, so I'll be tackling the job myself if and when I scrape together the money for parts.
Also, would the haynes manual complement my factory shop manual (as in any time and $ saving tips)or does the Triumph book pretty much cover it ?
By the way, the bike is a 99 885i Tiger that is like new with 7012 miles
Thanks for any help or advise.