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I might be jumping the gun on this...but went back to rewatch part 1 again and part 2 was uploaded although no link here yet..but here it is!

http://youtu.be/EdvB81YIyhQ

I'm outside today working on exactly what he's doing in the video...so hoping there's a part 3 for cracking the case...!!

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Nice tear down. I have a comment tho, when you take the cams out would it be better to take out the ACCT's first? That way it takes tension off of the cams when you pull the plates off. I noticed that the cams were at an angle from the heads when you took off the cam plates from the tension on the chains. I believe it would also make it a little easier to get the cam plates off of the cams without the tension on the chain.
also are you going to replace the HLA's? If not does it matter which hole they go back in? I know on a multiple cylinder setup, I always put the valve train parts in order so that I can put them all back in the same order so they will wear the same. Especially a cam and lifters in a V-8 engine.
Again awesome job, I'm not telling you what to do of course, just a few comments.
I should have taken the ACCT's off first. I'll be honest with you, this is the first time I've gotton my hands dirty on a four stoke.

There is a procedure in the service manual to check the HLA's. If they are within that service limit I'll try and re-use them.

It probably would have been a good idea to make a template for all the valve train components so they went back were they came from. The cams are marked so I can't get those wrong. But I didn't keep track of the rocker arms.

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I might be jumping the gun on this...but went back to rewatch part 1 again and part 2 was uploaded although no link here yet..but here it is!

http://youtu.be/EdvB81YIyhQ

I'm outside today working on exactly what he's doing in the video...so hoping there's a part 3 for cracking the case...!!
No worries.

I'm waiting on a 18mm x 1.5mm bolt to remove the flywheel. So it'll be a couple days before I get to the crank case.

Maybe I should be editing my first post in this thread with all the video links?

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No worries.

I'm waiting on a 18mm x 1.5mm bolt to remove the flywheel. So it'll be a couple days before I get to the crank case.

Maybe I should be editing my first post in this thread with all the video links?
Thx..didn't want to tick anyone off... I'd add the links to the first post.

Yeah..I got stuck at the 18x1.5mm bolt too and ordered it awhile back. I like the vicegrip tool you made too.

I'm currently stuck with trying to get the pair of 6mm nuts off that hold the cylinder head in place on the side of the cylinder. Apparently they've all but welded themselves on. Got them soaking in PB Blaster atm. My bike was pretty badly abused, so it's getting a complete teardown, restoration and probably some customizing along the way.

This is my first motorcycle restoration so I got really anal and printed out all the diagrams and parts lists and organized it into a notebook and I'm bagging and tagging each part as it comes off the bike and marking whether it needs to be replaced. It's tedious, but effective.

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This is my first motorcycle restoration so I got really anal and printed out all the diagrams and parts lists and organized it into a notebook and I'm bagging and tagging each part as it comes off the bike and marking whether it needs to be replaced. It's tedious, but effective.
I did that when I rebuilt the carbs. I followed the manual and instead of tagging the name of each part, I found it helpful to tag which steps they were removed in (page#, step#)

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I did that when I rebuilt the carbs. I followed the manual and instead of tagging the name of each part, I found it helpful to tag which steps they were removed in (page#, step#)
I know whatcha mean! As closely as I'm following the manual on all this, I've got about 5 bookmarks running, since I have to jump back and forth between chapters almost every step in the instructions. I've got so many parts to order though, I'd never keep track, if I didn't highlight and mark the parts to replace as I go. My plan is to be able to order a microfiche page at a time and start building back from there.

On my seized nut issue..I've ordered a set of small nut splitters(should be here wednesday) that I think will get in there and crack the acorn nuts off. They've been soaking in PB Blaster for 2 days now..no effect. I've tried vice grips, etc...if the nut splitter doesn't work..I guess I'll have to dremel them off..but I'm hoping to avoid that.

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Kroil is the best penetrating fluid I know of. http://www.kanolabs.com/google/ Much better than PB blaster but expensive.

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Kroil is the best penetrating fluid I know of. http://www.kanolabs.com/google/ Much better than PB blaster but expensive.
Thanks for the link! I'll probably try the Kroil and also another product Freeze-off, if the nut splitter won't get in there..I got the smallest splitter I could find, but it's gonna be tight on clearance. I really hate to cut them off with a Dremel and all 4 are in same condition. Doesn't seem to be rust so much, as probably seized from heat or severe over-tightening. I plan to replace both the studs and the nuts when I do the rebuild.

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OK, while waiting for a flywheel puller I managed to pull off & cleans some valves.

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