Hey, so long story short, I made a novice mistake :/
Bought a (new to me) 2004 WRF that looked like it was in good shape. I noticed I had to fill the radiator too often as I rode it and as time went on, the exhaust and breather was smoking more and more milky white smoke, and the oil changes were getting more and more milky as well.
Tore into the motor to do my first inspection and first top end rebuild, found a hairline crack in the cylinder that cracked through and through into the water passages on the side of the cylinder.
Bought new cylinder and piston, as well as a valve shim kit. Ended up dropping the wrist pin clip into the motor
If anyone has tips on how to get it out, I'd love to hear them. I've spent approximately 15 hours over the past few weeks trying magnets, wire, compressed air, flipping the bike, everything. I even pulled the motor and shook it until my arms hurt, then I filled it with gas and dumped it, nothing, filled it with oil a few times and dumped it, nothing.
99% of my work has been done in a small, closed off, tiled room so I don't think the clip found it's way out and is "hiding". I've cleaned that room several times praying to find a clip, but no luck so far.
I also pulled the stator cover off for more access, and still have no luck. In an act of desperation I dropped a second clip down there, and was able to get it out immediately, so the other clip has either vanished, or made it's way deep into the motor.
-Anyways, I've rebuilt the motor but that dang clip is driving me crazy. I'm tearing it back down and trying more until I am 100% certain the clip is gone, or not in the motor. I have not started the bike yet.
Can anyone tell me the minimum tools and parts I need to remove in order to split the cases? Do I Have to pull the clutch out? Do I need a flywheel puller? All I really need to do is split the cases, do a quick inspection of the internals and pull out that freakin clip! I've been pulling my hair out from this!
I currently have the motor out, topend/piston off, and stator cover off. I probably need to pull the shift lever, anything else? please guide me!