Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Some words of advice from one rookie to another.
1. line your new table with some packing paper right on the surface under the scisssor jack. i put a few layers under mine and removed them as they got dirty with oil, grease etc. Keeps your new table cleaner longer.
2. I made a few tables out of plywood and mdf board. I got the folding table legs from Home Depot/Lowes. Tables are 24 x 72 and 24 x 48. One sheet of plywood will make 3 tables. I put all my takeoff pieces on these tables. First i lay moving blankets on top of them, Home Depot/Lowes. The long tables hold the exhaust and painted pieces, The short table holds my tools and any parts I will be reusing
3. Watch the videos from FuelMoto on doing a cam change and on putting in the adjustable pushrods. When doing your cam change, after removing the rider front floorboard and the exhaust, clean the frame, wires and brakelines behind the exhaust with a good quality cleaner/degreaser such as LPS Electrical Contact Cleaner or Spray 9. After you have that area clean, tuck some paper towel between the frame and motor under the cam cover. Put your oil change bucket under the cam cover when your crack the gasket. I had to use a dead blow hammer (3 lb sand mallet) to make the cam cover release.
4. Use a good set of cam tools to remove the old bearings and install the new ones. I have set of Georges tools that proved invaluable, especially the little cam alignment tool when removing the crank bolt and the rear camshaft bolt.
5. Remove the spark plugs to rotate the engine in 5th gear before you remove the cam cover. I used a long zip tie to re assure myself that the pistons were at TDC through the spark plug holes. You can watch the valve action through the exhaust when rotating the rear wheel to find TDC on the front cylinder when installing the front pushrods. I did this with a flashlight and listened to make sure that i had no meeting of the valves with the pistons. Just something I worried about as a rookie, making sure there was metal meeting metal.
6. If you can have a buddy to help, a second set of hands is welcome to rotate the rear wheel when lining up the timing marks to remove the chain drive from the crank to the rear cam.
Thats all I can think of for now. Good luck eh!
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