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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-06-2014, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Possibly dropped a washer in my engine

I pulled my engine to change the stator and do the tux mod. After I got everything put back together I noticed a small oil leak under the generator cover, so I pulled the engine back out. I got some permatex on the washer for the shift rod so I took it off to clean it. When I went to put it back on it slipped!!! I heard a noise that sounded like a drop and then a slide, not a roll and fall. I looked everywhere around the area and couldn't find it so I'm 90% sure it slid into the case either around the fly wheel or exhaust port. I bought a scope camera to try and see inside of it but no luck.

I rode all winter as, long as there wasn't ice on the ground, in temperatures in the low 10's and now that it's getting nice out I'm sidelined. Needless to say on a scale of 1-10 I'm [email protected]$ing pissed. Any advice or words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. I'm assuming my only option is to try my hand at splitting the cases?

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Yikes .. from the oh sheet department...

Some lost things end up between the ear and top frame. Depends where you dropped it from. Footpeg bracket too I think..

You took the stator cover back off to look for it, right?

Not stuck to the rotor magnet?

Might have to pull the rotor and balance gear, if you haven't yet. Tilt it all to the left and vibrate the sump with an oscillating sander?

Magnet, really strong one (like the type that can hurt you), pull across the bottom of the sump?

I would try a lot of things before I split the cases. Sometimes fishing with wire gets lucky.

It could sit there in there forever or mulch it all on the first start.

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I had the engine off and on it's side when i dropped the washer. I took the rotor off but not the balance gear yet. Thanks for the advice about the magnet and vibrating it. Figured if it's in there it is probably stuck to the residule oil. I'm willing to try anything possible before splitting the cases.

Done
NGK Irridium plugs and Ngk caps
Vance and Hines Cruzers
Ear shaved and coastered
Splines lubed with guard dog 73% moly paste
Michelin commander 2 tires (way better than the dunlops that were on there IMHO)
MOSFET r/r
Mf agm battery
Custom rattle-can paint job haha

To do
Tpe stator
Paint engine, fork lowers, wheels and calipers
Tuxedo mod
Coffee grinder mod
Stock seat mod (using brother's old wheelchair cushion)
Just waiting on parts...then it's engine pull time
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