Noticed some coolant dripping off the bike today. Upon inspection there is a small leak at the bottom of the front jug. Haven't taken the oil out yet to see if it's leaking coolant inside as well.
Anyway I guess I'll be buying a service manual. Plenty of automotive repair experience so this shouldn't bee too much different. I've never torn down a motorcycle engine before though, so I'm wondering if there's any other PM I should be doing as long as I have the motor out. Bike has 36k on it.
I guess it depends on on how much more stuff you want to tear apart beyond the cylinder base gasket on the crankcase. I don`t recall the age/model year of your bike, and you haven`t put that info in your signature line yet.
There is a small disc shaped oil filter in each of the heads that is the last protection for the lubrication of the camshafts. I myself, would change the little button battery sized filters while the heads are off.
If your bike is more than 10-15 years old, or sat for any long period of time without being started and driven, the crankshaft balancer dampers may be brittle and deteriorating. If you have not seen any rubber chunks in the oil drain screen, the dampers have not yet begun to disintigrate. Your call on whether you want to replace them.
There is also a shifter tie rod on early models (from 1985 to `90 I think) that should be replaced with a heavier duty one if you ever have to split the cases, but I wouldn`t do it now unless there is another reason to go in there.
Do an AC voltage test, and resisitance tests on the stator before pulling the engine. If it is weak, or grounded to the frame, change it while the engine is out.
This is going a bit beyond regular Preventative Maintenance, but if the stator is still ok, you might want to do Tuxedo Seven`s stator case mod while the engine is out and easier to work with it on the bench, in preparation for the day when the stator does need to be replaced.
Just thinking of Pick`s experience least week when his stator died on the road a thousand miles from home and it took mucho donnero ($) and several days at the dealer to get him back on the road. If his stator case had been previously modified, once the stator was in hand either he or the dealer could have installed it in an hour or two.