Swapping engines in my 1200!


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rrmiller73
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Swapping engines in my 1200!

Postby rrmiller73 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:45 pm



Well it warmed up enough in Middle TN to melt the snow today. Before Christmass I bought an Ebay engine to go into my 84 1200A to replace the original. (Bad Block). I have the engine timing belts changed, comp. checked, new shift spindle seal, new filters, cleaned up and painted about ready to go in. It's been too cold to work in the garage but got in there today and started unhooking the old engine. Got the old starter off. Plan to go thru it per the "how to" article and put it on the "new" engine. More snow and cold forecast for tonight so may not get much more done this week but lookin forward to 2 wheelin again!!!.



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Re: Swapping engines in my 1200!

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:21 am

I haven't started my winter maintenence yet...just too cold out right now, even with my heated garage! Maybe this weekend....

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Re: Swapping engines in my 1200!

Postby scratcho » Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:24 pm

Ditto here too. I have to do timing belts, adjust valves, replace valve cover gaskets, and finish my stereo installation. Below zero last night and not warming up enough yet.

rrmiller73
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Re: Swapping engines in my 1200!

Postby rrmiller73 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:03 pm

Got up to 50 deg. today in Nashville, TN. Got my starter pulled apart, cleaned, relubed, assembled and painted. Had to order a new mounting Oring. The old one was in 3 pieces which explains the oil leak I had there on the old engine. Supposed to get another 1-2 inches of snow and cold tommorrow night so will take a break again.

Big Ed
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Re: Swapping engines in my 1200!

Postby Big Ed » Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:12 pm

Hi
I'm swapping a 1200 in my Interstate. Using an aspencade doner motor both 1984 motors. Any swap tips or tricks would be great. Never changed a motor of this size before. I know I need a motor jack etc.
Thanks. Ed

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Re: Swapping engines in my 1200!

Postby starfleetengineer » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:33 pm

Big Ed wrote:Hi
I'm swapping a 1200 in my Interstate. Using an aspencade doner motor both 1984 motors. Any swap tips or tricks would be great. Never changed a motor of this size before. I know I need a motor jack etc.
Thanks. Ed


Really all you need is a good floor jack and a couple peices of wood to get the bike up about an inch or two higher. Makes it easier to put on the center stand. Also make sure you block one of the wheels so it can't roll forward. I was told to watch the driveshaft boot as there is a spring clip inside to hold the boot. Take your time and have 2 or 3 people helping, as this motor weighs a couple hundred pounds! Remember to mark you wireing and hoses so you know where they go back too. Remove the parts that the book calls for, you don't have to take out the gas tank!!!! Just the radiator, carbs and I would take off the faults gas tank just for added room. I am getting ready to swap out my 1200 in my Interstate too. Not as hard as you might think!

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Re: Swapping engines in my 1200!

Postby Big Ed » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:23 am

Thanks for the info !
Ed




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