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post #31 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-08-2020, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Removing old gaskets sucks!


'89 VN750 Bought stock 4/12/18 @ 17805.9 miles $800. Wrecked once. 27454.5+ miles

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Thinking someone ran premium gas judging by the carbon, if it wasn't burning oil.

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When I pulled the engine out of mine to replace the stator, I left the front bevel gearcase in place. I had it off a couple years before, and found it very difficult to install with the engine and final drive in place. You have to line it up with the driveshaft AND the engine, and there is a spring between it and the engine that makes it hard to hold in place while putting the bolts in. I went through three gaskets (which are very thin and easily damaged) before finally getting it. But when I pulled the engine, I practically had the entire bike apart, including the rear wheel and final drive. I did have to remove the radiator and front exhaust manifold, but I was able to turn it enough, with about 1/16" to spare, to get the engine out. I took it completely out to give me plenty of room to work on it. I'd much rather do a lot of easy but time consuming disassembly than having to deal with the frustration of fighting with things where you really don't have enough access to it.

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Did I mention how much I hate old gaskets? I bought a drill attachment to grind away the old gaskets carefully. Its slow going, even with a power tool. AND I have to make sure not to take any aluminum away.


'89 VN750 Bought stock 4/12/18 @ 17805.9 miles $800. Wrecked once. 27454.5+ miles

Completed modifications:
Removed mufflers, straight pipes out of GB. 110/90 Front Tire. Pick-up coil mod. Shindengen MOSFET FH020AA r/r. USB Outlet + Voltmeter. Repainted Metallic Blue w/ new tank bages. Ear Shave (wo/ coasters) 40/140 NO shims 45MPG. MCCT conversion.

Planned modifications:
Custom LED turn signals. Windshield. Highway Pegs. (Possible) ignition adv. Tuxedo Mod. Ignition coil mod.
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