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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-25-2018, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question help needed - 8mm socket fell down the camshaft channel

hi all,

looking for advice.
just finished my valve adjustment, all went great, installing camshaft caps and the effing socket gets loose from my torque wrench, down the channel it goes.
and yes, i had rags there, if went through the bottom, there is an opening there by the piston2 exhaust2 valve ... for oil i guess, never saw that one coming.

<insert your favorite expletive x 1000>

the question is simple, how do i get the bastard out?

remove the clutch cover and try to fish from there?
ideas?
thoughts?
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I was in line at Harbour Freight one day and had an impulse buy and grabbed one of these..https://www.harborfreight.com/18-inc...net-37187.html ...It has saved my butt several time including the morning i was trading in my FJR and was taking the keyless gas cap off and installing the stock one. Dropped one of the bolts in the gas tank and luckily i remembered i had the telescoping magnet at my desk...
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I'd suggest the telescoping magnet like Joe does.


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If the telescoping magnet will not work. I.e. An angle or bend in the way you could try attaching a small strong magnet to a string and drop it down. Just make sure the string is strong and weep attached to the magnet.
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I got the bastard out!
Just had to find magnetic pick up tool that was small enough and strong enough.
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Good to hear. Two items that have saved my butt a few times over the years, including back when I used to wrench on Uncle Sam's jet fighters: a telescoping magnet and a telescoping mirror. :^)

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Had the magnet not worked another not so fun option would be a ceiling hoist connected to the handle bars.

Lift the front end until vertical. Then allow the bike to descend towards upside down until she comes rolling out.

You could do the same thing with a fork lift.

Glad the magnet worked for you.
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I got the bastard out!
Just had to find magnetic pick up tool that was small enough and strong enough.
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Well done. In such a situation the most important thing is - DON'T PANIC.

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Well done. In such a situation the most important thing is - DON'T PANIC.
'Course - he COULDA just fired it up, then picked up the socket WHEREVER it landed....

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Had the magnet not worked another not so fun option would be a ceiling hoist connected to the handle bars.

Lift the front end until vertical. Then allow the bike to descend towards upside down until she comes rolling out.

You could do the same thing with a fork lift.

Glad the magnet worked for you.
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