Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Palm Beach County, Fla.
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Timing cover wouldn't come off! Nooooo!
It was time to check the valve clearances, so I gathered my tools, set up my workspace (here in July in South Florida, this involves a huge fan under one of those collapsible canopies just outside the garage door), then removed the body panels, the tank (grrr!), airbox, spark plugs and coils, baffle, and the valve cover. Then I went through the process of extricating the valve cover from the bike's frame (grrr! again).
Then I unscrewed the cover over the crank bolt, turned the cams away from each other, measured the gaps, and found that two exhaust valves were tight.
Next step: Peer through the timing hole. And to do that, all I had to do was unscrew the cover over the timing hole.
That's all. Just unscrew that timing cover. No biggie.
No biggie at all.
Except I couldn't do it. I destroyed the slot trying to unscrew that thing. Couldn't get purchase on the edge with pliers.
So I had to put the bike back together without adjusting the valves. I'll order a cover for the timing hole and when I get it, destroy the old one getting it off (taking care not to let aluminum shavings fall into the crankcase).
Has this happened to anyone else?
I'm disappointed that I didn't think of putting a Dremel on it. I didn't think about that until later. I blame a fried brain (we're talking 90-degree heat and 90 percent humidity in my garage).
Let the second-guessing commence!
Last edited by Holden; 07-29-2014 at 04:50 PM.