Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley – April 17, 2020
Partzilla’s master mechanic John Talley returns for another quarantine live Q&A session!
John’s first live session went very well, so he came back again with another Live Q&A YouTube/Facebook session, which he’ll be doing every Friday at 3pm Eastern. Mr. Talley answered more motorcycle and ATV repair questions, and delved into some popular aftermarket tools and parts. Check out some of the highlights from John Talley’s second live Q&A below, and tune into our YouTube and Facebook channels every Friday at 3pm EST for the next Partzilla live Q&A.
Partzilla Live Q&A Highlights – Aftermarket Parts and Tools
Wiseco Aftermarket Parts
I would like to know if you guys build Yamaha Banshee engines and if so, how much for a top and bottom rebuild?
John Talley: I’ve actually never rebuilt a Banshee … but, if you’re needing the equipment to do so, you might want to look into our website and check out the different garage buddy kits that Wiseco has. They have comprehensive kits that go all the way down to the crankshaft, all the way up to the top end, so you can buy one box that can basically do the entire engine.
What do we do if an OEM part is no longer available?
John Talley: Well, we’ve always specialized in OEM parts, but we’ve been branching out into other areas and one of our most recent partnerships… has been with Wiseco. They make exceptionally great parts … which usually meet or exceed the OEM. A lot of manufacturer parts that are no longer available, especially on the two-stroke side … do a search in Partzilla and it’ll actually show you non-OEM parts that are available for your particular unit.
Ohlins Aftermarket Parts
Are Ohlins worth the money?
John Talley: Ohlins is one of the leaders if not, THE leader in suspension components. A lot of machines actually use them as factory OEM. Is it worth the money? I say, absolutely. The best example I can give you is we did that Grom giveaway and we upgraded the suspension with a different shock and a front fork kit … So especially, if you’re dealing with an entry-level machine with entry-level suspension components, Ohlins is a great decision to make if you’re expecting some good handling out of your machine.
K&N Aftermarket Air Filter
Do you think an aftermarket K&N air filter will void a Polaris warranty?
John Talley: No, it will not void the warranty. If anything, they should tell you “thank you” … the K&N will actually filter out smaller particulates than the OEM. Well actually, giving you a little bit better flow and we proved that on the dyno with our little CBR 600 that we had a few years ago … watch what we did there, as we compared a stock, dirty OEM filter to a clean OEM filter to a K&N filter.
Battery Tender Chargers
John, what are your thoughts on storing and maintaining batteries? It seems like we replace batteries too often. We've used battery tenders.
John Talley: Well that’s the real trick with the battery tender, it’s designed to just leave it plugged in. … There is one additional step that I usually take on machines that I’m setting up for more than a month. I disconnect the negative side, that way there’s zero chance of any loss into the unit itself, and the battery tender is just dealing with the battery.
Want to see more live repair questions answered? See John's April 24, 2020 Live Q&A session below, or watch all of John’s Live Q&A sessions here.