Engine removal.


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Engine removal.

Postby grandpa » Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:51 am



I have to replace the starter and I can not get it out. Not enough space. So now I have decided to remove the engine. The engine runs perfect when I get it started so I don'n wont to take more appart than absolute nessacary. At the same time I also change the timingbelt.
Are there any manuals I can use, and/or anyone tips from all of you.

Does anyone have a photo of a stand so I can fix the engine on a table.

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Re: Engine removal.

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:38 pm

Grandpa..I've owned several wings..from the 1000 to the 1500's.
I've never had to remove the engine to remove the starter.
The worst one was a 1200 that insisted I drop the exhaust header but I got around that too by splitting the gear head off the starter first.
At the top of the page is a "search" area.just type in " how to remove a starter"
There are many posts about different models.
Even a "Google" search shows many pages of how to's
Also,you should be able to download some 'manuals' from the "Manuals" section of this fine site.

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Re: Engine removal.

Postby trashtruck » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:16 am

grandpa, you should be able to remove starter and do belts with the engine in the bike. i have an 82 1100 and all i have to do is remove the shift lever to make enough room to get the starter out. i havent done belts yet, thats a project for this spring.
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Re: Engine removal.

Postby grandpa » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:16 am

Thankyou so much for your information, but I have tried many times without luck and now the chain inside the engine has droped so I can't even get the starter back on its place. So now I defently have to have the engine out. But looking posetive, it gives me a chance to getting more knowledge about the engine and the bike it self. And at the same time I am not getting bored. I will look trough the DIY or may be put more questions here.
Once again thank you

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Re: Engine removal.

Postby portugeezer » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:53 am

On my 1100 I was able to wriggle it out but on the GL1000 there is no physical way to get it out without dropping the header pipes down. It is maybe 1/4" from the pipe! The engine doesn't need to come out. Buy the crush washers that go under the header pipes and drop them down. You can get your starter out from there. Once you do you should be able to see inside the hole and get the gear back on the chain. I cleaned the starter on both bikes. It makes a big difference. I saw rebuild kits for like 25 bucks on Ebay

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Re: Engine removal.

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:07 am

The starter removal tutorial on this site is excellent. Even though you dropped your gear, I would leave the engine in place until you restore the starter. When I rebuild mine, it just needed cleaning and what a huge difference it was.

I had to remove the left header and one exhaust stud if I recall correctly.

If you still want to remove the engine, do it after the starter fix.

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Re: Engine removal.

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:34 pm

Here's my question regarding engine removal. Can you remove the engine and leave the carbs in the frame?? Is it a good practice or safer/easier to remove as a unit with carbs on engine?
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: Engine removal.

Postby Fred Camper » Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:02 pm

Carbs must come out first for all practical reasons. You could hang them from the top tube, but they are just not that bad to take in and out once you have done it twice. And until you do it once, you cannot do it twice...

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Re: Engine removal.

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:18 pm

Are the carb base gaskets reusable or should I be sourcing a new one?
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Re: Engine removal.

Postby Fred Camper » Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:31 pm

They are orings so often reusable.




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