I have a 2009 Genuine Stella which I bought with 1700 miles about a year ago. Since then it's gotten to almost 4600 miles, and it's acquired a SIP Road 2.0 pipe with the long tips, Bald John jetting, and de-blued stock filter.
In the past month or so I've run into some extra funds, and I did my first major round of upgrades, including a VMC Super G cast 177 kit, GGR hot reed, Mazzucchelli economy crank, new Michelin S1 tires, new Malossi Sport brake pads up front and SIP performance brake shoes in back, new FA Italia rear drum, and some other various dress-up things.
I've got everything installed except the new reed and crank. Since the infamous stock Stella crank has lasted up until now with no issues I got a bit impatient and threw the kit together without doing the crank replacement just yet. I was unable to get the philips screw holding the reed block on without boogering it up because of the loctite used from the factory
The stock LML filter, even in its de-blued state, seems to be too restrictive for the SI 20/20 carb combined with this kit. For now I've got a UNI pod filter on the way, to be clamped onto the airbox in place of the rubber bellows. Also, I couldn't get the PBT less than ~1.3mm even with the smallest base gasket. The specs call for a squish of 1mm +-0.1. I forgot to measure the head's squish band but I think it's around 0.3mm. So far I don't have any knocking so I'm not too worried, but it is something I want to remedy in the future.
Since I need to drop the engine either way to get these new reeds in, I was wondering if I should try tackling the crank replacement myself too. I don't have a crank puller or anything yet, and I'm a little worried about biting off more than I can chew with a project like that. Up until now I've done all the wrenching and part installations myself, but I've never done anything that requires case splitting or engine removal. What do y'all think?
Thanks in advance everyone!