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post #1 of 19 Old 01-02-2013, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Camshaft removal

I am replacing my head due to some previous owner damage, Engine ran fine except the head leaked out oil onto the exhaust pipes etc.. anywho, I was wondering if there was an easy way to remove the camshaft so I can just slide the head off? My buddy and I seem to be slightly stumped without tearing the entire engine apart.



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post #2 of 19 Old 01-02-2013, 11:04 PM
 
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The cam is actually a 2 piece assembly. Take out the bolts in the side of the sprocket and then it will come out leaving the cam chain behind.

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Pull the rear part of the tenshioner up while holding the front part down. Side a 2mm pin in the hole to keep the rear section up.
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Oh yeah i forgot about that. Take the camchain tension off by lifting the wedge mechanism and locking it up with a pin. I used a finish nail for this.. Don't drop it in your crankcase.

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That worked! Was fairly easy and now I can clean up all that nasty sludge. check it out:





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post #6 of 19 Old 01-02-2013, 11:28 PM
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You should tie a string to your chain just in case it accidentally gets dropped into the case.




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Already did! I was worried about that actually. I didn't have any tie line but I did have some Coax cable, I just used that haha.
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what kind of reception do you get with that coax now?
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You should have a small telescopic magnet for fishing magnetic parts out of tight places.. Very handy tool.

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Don't know if it's okay to add to a year-old post but this and other great threads on the site have been very, very helpful as I've been doing a similar repair on the cylinder head of my bike and I just wanted to add a word to the wise (from the decidedly unwise). Turns out the camshaft can be put in backwards (left to right) by mistake. I can tell you that the tip-off to this error, once you've buttoned everything up and triumphantly hit the starter, is that in addition to the "sewing machine" sound you're hoping for you'll hear a loud metallic knocking sound in the top end. Much like someone hammering rhythmically on your sewing machine. Good news is it's the sort of sound that causes you to reflexively shut off the motor immediately and doing so seems (fingers crossed) to avert serious damage. Oh, and removing/installing the camshaft goes much quicker the second time you do it in one afternoon.
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