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post #1 of 139 (permalink) Old 01-02-2014, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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1st Engine pull (on a motorcycle)

I was going about 45 when all of a sudden my bike sounded like a blender full of nuts&bolts. Came to a stop tried to push it to the sidewalk and the back tire was locked up. Inspected for holes or cracks in the case, everything looks fine. I get the bike home, drain the oil, the oil looks fine. Let it sit over night and noticed almost all my coolant leaked out of the weep hole in the bottom of the block. Before I pull the engine I want to take the right crankcase cover off for inspection. I tried "searching" the forum for pulling the right case cover before posting but had no luck. So I removed all the bolts aside from the 2 lower bolts that bottom out against the frame. I read the right case cover could be removed without an engine pull. Am I missing something? Also the chrome tube, I believe its the oil pump intake, does that just slide out of the front cylinder when I pull the case cover away? Thanks.


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While I've never done it myself the water tube should just pull out but may be sticky since they're held in with an O ring washer. I believe the thinner chromed oil lines have little hold down clamps with a single bolt.

While I know that you can pull the round clutch basket cover with the engine in place I'm not sure about the whole right sidecover, I'm sure one of the more knowlageable guys on this site will chime in with that info.

But hey, ya gotta pull the engine jo like Nike would say.... Just Do It.

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While I've never done it myself the water tube should just pull out but may be sticky since they're held in with an O ring washer. I believe the thinner chromed oil lines have little hold down clamps with a single bolt.

While I know that you can pull the round clutch basket cover with the engine in place I'm not sure about the whole right sidecover, I'm sure one of the more knowlageable guys on this site will chime in with that info.

But hey, ya gotta pull the engine jo like Nike would say.... Just Do It.
Thanks fool (that sounds weird), I wanted to pull the right side to see if whatever is locking my back tire might be in there. I did pull the spacer outta the rear axel and slid the tire to the right so I can at least roll it in and out of my shop.


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you have to remove the partial frame rail to get the right side cover off

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you have to remove the partial frame rail to get the right side cover off
Thanks new rider. Yeah I put 2+2 together earlier after I got home from the gym. I've got just about everything removed needed for pulling the engine minus some electrical components. If it is the impeller that broke can that be fixed just removing the side cover, or does that involve splitting the cases?


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Just pulled the engine and got it sittin on my bench. I pulled the left crankcase cover to look at the dampening gear, all looks fine. Pulled the right cover and visually everything looked ok, until I grabbed the impeller. I went to turn it and was pulling toward me a little and the impeller + shaft came out about 5 inches until what I would guess is an E-clip securing it from within the case. I'm not guessing that's supposed to slide out like that. I also put a ratchet on the Flywheel (or whatever its called) on the left side to see if I could spin the motor, but without any luck. Looks Like Imma have to split the case! Any thoughts?


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Just pulled the engine and got it sittin on my bench. I pulled the left crankcase cover to look at the dampening gear, all looks fine. Pulled the right cover and visually everything looked ok, until I grabbed the impeller. I went to turn it and was pulling toward me a little and the impeller + shaft came out about 5 inches until what I would guess is an E-clip securing it from within the case. I'm not guessing that's supposed to slide out like that. I also put a ratchet on the Flywheel (or whatever its called) on the left side to see if I could spin the motor, but without any luck. Looks Like Imma have to split the case! Any thoughts?
When splitting the cases, attempting to pry apart, Be careful not to damage the sealing edge's of the two cases.... these two edges do not take a gasket.


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When splitting the cases, attempting to pry apart, Be careful not to damage the sealing edge's of the two cases.... these two edges do not take a gasket.

10-4 buddy, I actually just located the bosses when I was taking the carbs off, I'm off to get some more tools, my socket set only goes down to 9mm. I took a look inside the case with my flashlight and seen shrapnel, my guess is the barrings for the water pump impeller shaft let go and took some things out along the way.


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