can i change timing covers without removing radiator?


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can i change timing covers without removing radiator?

Postby halcombrick » Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:09 am



hey guys, i have a set of drag specialties chrome timing belt covers igot off a parts bike at the junkyard, as it was junk i didnt take it easy getting the covers or anything else, but while i am waiting on my starter to get here my question is can i change my timing covers without unhooking my radiator? my bike is an 82 interstate


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Re: can i change timing covers without removing radiator?

Postby Earl43P » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:35 am

Yes.
Each cover is held on by two 10mm (socket or wrench size) bolts (4 total).

Using a 1/4" drive ratchet WITHOUT any extension (or a ratcheting box end wrench), it is easy enough to get the inboard bolts LOOSE and DISENGAGED from the threads, but not out (they are too long). The outboard bolts are cake.
At that point, you can simply wiggle the right side out, taking care not to damage the fins on your radiator. All cover movement needs to be slightly forward and outboard. You should be able to pull them right out from the side, but be aware that the inboard bolts can snag, so give them the wiggle/pull they need.

My 82 hasn't had either of the inboard bolts installed for a couple years.
Tip of the Day is to use (sparingly) Contact Cement to hold the rubber seals on the covers.
Allow that to set before trying to install them. Makes life easy on installation.

When installing those cover bolts, be mindful that they are designed to bottom out against the mounting flange.
Do not gorilla tighten them, they only need a light snugging, not much more than hand-tight just like the valve cover bolts.
Pay attention to which length bolt goes where as well. Their lengths vary as I recall.


Upon review, I noted that you have an Interstate....there may be difficulty with access if the lower part of the fairing doesn't give you a straight outboard shot. You may have to gain access that I have no experience with, as mine has always been naked.
When all else fails, RTFM!

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Re: can i change timing covers without removing radiator?

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:49 pm

Randakk"s makes a special wrench for just this purpose, expensive - $35 , or there abouts.
Helps to keep from beating up the radiator fins while your doing it! Regards, Johnny

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Re: can i change timing covers without removing radiator?

Postby bobbybiscuit » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:14 pm

I have replaced mine without taking off the radiator. I used silicone sealant because my rubber gaskets were partially wrecked and I cant get any new ones. So the sealant was applied to the rubber gasket to hold them in place. Seem to be hard to come by. Any ideas where i can get replacements?

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Re: can i change timing covers without removing radiator?

Postby Earl43P » Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:44 pm

When all else fails, RTFM!

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Re: can i change timing covers without removing radiator?

Postby Wilcoy02 » Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:34 pm

If you need a little more room just take the bottom radiator bolts out and wiggle the rad around.
No need to disconnect the hoses.




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