Going to replace the engine cover due to some road rash from a fall. I have the cover, gasket and sealing stuff. Im going to wait for my next oil change but wondered how difficult it is to change. Look at page 21 generator below.
I just ordered a new leftside cover for my V for the same reason. I have changed these out on other bikes by simply laying the bike on it's side. No need to change the oil if it doesn't need it. Just changed my oil 40 miles ago and don't want to do it again right now.
Manual mentions: "Place a suitable container under the alternator cover to catch spilling oil when removing the cover." Oil won't spill if you lean the bike enough to the right... You might be able to leave the original undamaged gasket on the case by carefully removing the cover, and seal it back up with a touch of silicone sealant after wiping off any oil, like I did with my clutch/crankshaft sensor cover gasket. No problem with the dowel pins. Gasket may be well stuck on the engine casing, which is harder to completely clean off. Be careful so you don't gouge the aluminum casing's gasket seat.
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