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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I would not consider pulling the engine unless you have no choice. Especially if you don't really know what you are looking for. There are 2 ways to do it. Quick and dirty, and slow and methodical. I did mine the slow and methodical way. I disassembled a good part of the bike to get things out of the way. I bagged and labeled every part, and put them in large boxes. The seat, tank, and sidecovers came off, the complete intake and exhaust systems, the cooling system, battery. all the wiring connections were disconnected and labled, it took me the better part of a year to do it. I just couldn't find the time. One thing I did not do was remove the bevel drive gearcase. With everything out of the way, I built a homemade wooden dolly with casters on it, rolled it under the engine, put shims between the dolly and the engine. and using tapered door/cabinet shims, I was able to position and reposition the engine as needed. I was able to move it forward and turn it just enough to disconnect the front splines from the driveshaft. Then I just rolled it out from under the bike. That is something I hope I never have to do again. Then main reason for pulling the engine is to replace the stator. People have rebuilt these engines, but even as much as I like the bike, and as many miles as I have on 2 of them, it's just not worth it to me. Don't assume the worst until you've ruled out everything else.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike