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Ducati Diavel Service Manual: Overhaul of the connecting rods

Make the following dimensional checks on the connecting rods:

In the event of excessive wear (sect. 3 - 1.1, Crankshaft), replace the connecting rod.

The small end bushing must be in good condition and firmly driven into its seat.

Check for parallelism error measured at 100 mm from the connecting rod longitudinal axis: the value must be h-h less than 0.02 Mm; otherwise, renew the connecting rod.

Overhaul of the connecting rods


Overhaul of the connecting rods


The connecting rod is supplied in two size classes a and b relative to the big end diameter (sect. 3 - 1.1, Crankshaft) as punch marked on the side of the cap.

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

Overhaul of the connecting rods


Renewal of the small end bushing

To remove the worn bushing, use a suitable punch and a press.

Drill lubrication holes into the new bushing in correspondence with the existing lubrication holes on the connecting rod small end.

Now ream out the bushing until the inside diameter (d) is 20.035 To 20.045 Mm.

Renewal of the small end bushing


Connecting rod bearings

It is good practice to renew the bearings (3) each time the engine is overhauled.

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

The bearings may belong to two different size classes, each identified by a specific colour (yellow and blue).

The bearings are comprised of an external steel ring, the inner face of which is electroplated with a lead-based compound.

The table shows the appropriate bearings to be fitted according to the size class of the crankshaft and connecting rod.

Connecting rod bearings


Connecting rod bearings


Crankshaft

The main bearing and big-end journals 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: 2 mm.

Crankshaft


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

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

At each overhaul, it is advisable to clean the crankshaft’s internal oilways.

The prescribed values are given in sect. 3 - 1.1, Crankshaft.

The crankshaft is supplied in two size classes (connecting rod pin) a and b, as punch marked on the side of the crank web on the pinion side.

Crankshaft


Crankshaft


Loosen all crankshaft plugs (4) and (7); heating the crankshaft, if necessary, to remove the threadlocker applied at the time of assembly.

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

Apply prescribed threadlocker to the plugs thread (4) and (7) and then refit them.

Tighten all plugs to a torque of 13 nm (min. 11 Nm - max. 15 Nm) (sect. 3 - 3, Engine torque settings).

Crankshaft


Crankshaft


Big-end bearing shell-journal clearance

To check the assembly clearance between the bearing shells and crankshaft journals you will lay a strip (a) of green "plastigage pg-1" on the journal. Fit the connecting rod with the original bearings and tighten the screws to a torque of 50 nm.

Remove the connecting rod and compare the thickness of the plastigage strip to the scale (b).

If the width measured corresponding to the existing clearance is not within the prescribed limit (sect. 3 - 1.1, Crankshaft), either the bearings or the crankshaft must be replaced.

Big-end bearing shell-journal clearance


Disassembly of the crankshaft/connecting rods assembly
Unscrew the screws (1) and separate the connecting rods from the crankshaft. Important Take care not to mix up components of different connecting rods and maintain the original orientation. ...

Reassembly of the connecting rods
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