Ducati's from 2007 onwards...
We will be happy to put you on a Service Reminder Call list to let you know when your pride and joy should come in for its check up!
Just call (336) 790-1600 (workshop direct) or email Bobby Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) for advice and pricing of servicing your Ducati.
These are the some of the more specific service options available in the Thomas Performance workshop. Below are the most popular options for the dedicated Ducati owner, for the rider or racer who wants the very best out of their bike, developed from our experience with our own Ducati's on road and track, this is the kind work that our reputation is built on. Not available at your average Ducati dealer!
Desmodromic head Refresh: (aka Top end blueprint)
The desmodromic valve operating system used by Ducati is, as all race derived systems, particularly sensitive to the components being set perfectly, so worn rockers or camshafts, valves not seating properly or covered in exhaust carbon and unmatched shim tolerances all result in poor running, difficult starting, poor throttle response, less power and increased oil consumption.
Desmodromic? What is this Desmodromic you speak of?!?!
The Desmodromic valve control system is totally unique to Ducati engines. Why is it used?...
Ducati engines are short stroke high revving engines (as far as twins go that is). The more conventional valve control systems used in Japanese motorcycles use a valve spring to return the valve to its closed position when the lobe on the camshaft releases its downward force. The problem with this system can be that as engine revs build up, a spring can suffer lag which in turn means that the valve may still be slightly open when the piston reaches top dead centre. If you are lucky, this will give loss of compression, for those less fortunate it can cause total destruction. Expensive..............
The "Desmo" system uses a second rocker arm to positively lift the valve back to its closed position ensuring that there is always piston to valve clearance.
Below is an animation of a working model that will explain the actions and reactions of the Desmo system better.
Animation and images courteously supplied by Bluming Inc.: http://www.bluming.com/projects/desmo.htm
Therefore we offer a full top end rebuild as an upgrade to scheduled servicing. Although during every service we check the condition and clearances of the valve system, our experience has shown that engines with 15000 - 18000 miles (average road use) really benefit from this refresh. Note: For dedicated track or race use we tend to do this service once a season (depending on the level of tune of your engine).
This is often referred to as a 'top end blueprint' and is very popular with our track day customers and racers, setting the “desmo” valve system to exact tolerances, rather than factory built ones, simply makes your Ducati as it should be. We often do this service along with cam timing (see below) to get the best out of the Ducati L twin engine.
We remove both cylinder heads, strip and professionally clean them completely, de-coke and pro clean the pistons, barrels and heads, check valve guide condition and replace if required (usually 24000 miles of road use) clean and lap the valves / valve seats, replace worn rockers, replace collets and stem seals. Then assemble each head and set the valve clearances exactly, clean barrels/cases and replace base gaskets and refit the heads.
This upgrade is a complete top end rebuild, and you will notice the difference, more power, smoother running and sharper throttle response are the ususal remarks from customers.