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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-30-2016, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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question about tuxedo mod and rotor bolt

I have read just about all of the stickied post on the tuxedo mod and have not found an answer to my question I have also not pulled the outer cover off to see if it is even possible and the firewall on my computer at work will not open the pics, home computer has multiple viruses so I do not use it (do not let your young nephew use the computer)

I know the rotor bolt needs to be center punched for the compass to mark the cut circle on the stator cover. can I pull the rotor bolt out of the engine and get it on the bench so that I can see to get the center of the bolt?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-30-2016, 03:13 PM
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do you have the plate? glen sells a nice setup for doing it. i bought a separate side cover bolted it in and used that to make my marks for cutting. i used a dremel with the quick connect tool and 2 cutting discs. if your unsure about doing it, you can send him your cover and he will do it.

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I do not have a plate but I plan on buying one fron glen in a couple weeks. I do not have a cover cut yet. I do have a line on a cover from kc2dg for a cover that has already been cut. My original plan was to do a motor tilt and take my cover in to work and have the machinist there cut it on the mill but he passed away last week.
Now plan B or C is to either buy the cover or do the tuxedo mod and cut mine on the bike. I am confident in my ability to cut the line once i get it marked. I am not so sure about getting my glasses a light and punch all lined up in the small space that the bolt is in.
One option I thought of on the way home from work was to put a socket on the bolt put a 3/8" od bushing in the socket and slide an appropriate size drill bit in the bushing to the bolt head and mark the center of the bolt that way and punch it for the compass to mark the circle I need to cut

I am sure that description is clear as mud. But I will have to hit the hardware store to see what i can find.
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honestly, if you get the kit and wath the you tube videos he has, its very simple. it sounds a lot harder than it is. i think it took me 20 minutes

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I think you may be over thinking this a little. Take my advice...cutting the cover on the bike is a crap shoot. No matter how careful you are, metal shavings and dust end up everywhere inside the motor...and it will take many oil changes and flushings to get it out....and even then it still shows up. I ruined my magneto rotor using a dremel tool to cut mine on the bike. I ended up pulling the motor anyway, but I still performed the tuxedo modification.

Once you get the cover off, you can use just about any metal cutting tool to cut the cover. Just get it as close as you can....then grind off the edges. Does not have to be exact by any measures. The actual metal tuxedo plate bolts to your cutout, and the metal plate is exact.
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pull the motor and do it right.you don't want shavings in there. and while you're in there do the balancer bushings as well

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pull the motor and do it right.you don't want shavings in there. and while you're in there do the balancer bushings as well

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glen has videos and a nice set up. take your time and dont overthink it. its a easy mod to do.

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Anyone have a reference video or pics of someone pulling an engine enough to get the cover free? It hard to visualize from the stickies, and I'm hesitant to get half way through it solo and not be able to finish it. And because i'm by myself i really want to avoid completely removing the engine
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if you have a floor jack, you can do it. i picked up the engine, carried it 40 ft and put it on a work table.

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