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You can use a penny, or a nickel, to lock the gears in either direction. An impact wrench should get the bolt out, but you are going to need a torque wrench to put it back. I rarely use a torque wrench, but internal engine parts are an exception, IMO.
I know you are in a hurry, but it is a good idea to take your time. Imagine getting the whole bike back together and realizing you forgot to put something back inside the engine. I would at least write everything down, and cross it off as you do it. Also, it took me way longer to remove enough parts to get the engine out than removing the engine itself, and those parts have to go back. I put all the parts in plastic bags and labeled them.
Also, in order to get the airbox up high enough to be out of the way, you need to remove the front coil and wire harness connector bracket. These can be left just hanging there. You have to remove the air filter housings and the ducts that go from the air box to the housings.
With the rotor off, the balancer shaft can be turned in either direction. The reason you are not supposed to turn the engine counterclockwise is because it can damage or dislocate the cam chains. They are properly tensioned in only one direction. Upon reassembly, you will need to line up the marks. They are small and hard to see. Use a flashlight and magnifying glass if necessary. If the marks are even one tooth off it will be very noticeable. The reason for that is for timing the balancer to the engine. You check these marks after installing the balancer gear, but before installing the rotor bolt. You can put the rotor on part way and tell if the marks line up when the gears mesh. You can turn the balancer shaft either way to get them lined up.
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
Last edited by VN750Rider/Jerry; 11-04-2015 at 07:21 PM.