Engine removal tips and tricks
Posted October 09, 2012 - 05:47 AM
After weeks of hours and hours of flushing and cleaning, there is still sand in the oil pan, frame and other places.
So I plan to remove the engine and break her down, hopefully just a top end rebuild.
I'm barely even a rookie mechanic, but i am somewhat decent at these things...i need some help though.
any tips, tricks, pitfalls, shortcuts or comments on engine removal or any other parts of the process?
Posted October 09, 2012 - 06:12 AM
Posted October 09, 2012 - 12:08 PM
Unless you have a good way to hold the engine while it's on the bench, loosen the head bolts while the engine is still in the frame.
When you remove the swingarm pivot bolt, replace it with a long 3/8" extension to keep the swingarm from flopping around. Put the pivot bolt back in after you get the engine out so you can more easily move the bike around.
Remove the oil lines before you pull the engine to prevent damaging them.
Plug all open holes into the engine with paper towels to keep debris out.
Replace your timing chain while you're in there.
Edited by bg10459, October 09, 2012 - 12:10 PM.
Posted October 10, 2012 - 04:39 AM
anything else i should look to upgrade while in the engine?
it's got over 200 hours on it and was running like a raped ape before i subbed it, valves were checked and were perfect.
any little tips to make it bomb-proof for a while?
any experience with increasing oil capacity?