Timing belt cover


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BroChester
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Timing belt cover

Postby BroChester » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:14 pm



Does radiator have to be removed to replace timing belts? 1986 Aspencade



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Re: Timing belt cover

Postby wilmo » Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:12 pm

It is many times easier if it is but, not absolutely necessary. The job will go much smoother if it's out of the way.... Maybe another 10 min.

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Re: Timing belt cover

Postby BroChester » Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:28 pm

Thanks for your quick reply. This site is so helpful!

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Re: Timing belt cover

Postby tbeiler » Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:34 pm

If you take the rad off when you do the belts, you have full access for inspection as well to clean up all the crud that is caked on the inside. When you are at the T1 position , mark your position on the crankshaft to the housing with a paint stick so you know without having to look at the hole to verify the T1 position. Way easier this way.
Taking the rad off is easy, catch the fluid in a clean tray, inspect fluid, if it's still good then reuse, if not then change it at the same time. You can also flush the rad and give it a good clean while you're at it.
Way better in my opinion to remove the rad, but to each his own.

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Re: Timing belt cover

Postby Rusty Bike » Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:34 pm

While your in there check the gap on the crank position sensor.

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Re: Timing belt cover

Postby leakyroof58 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:16 pm

Just did this on my '87 Aspy. My fan switch was bad, so
this was all done to replace that. First off, I tend to be
a little pro-active, since I don't like taking off all the
fairing/plastic stuff. I figure if I'm 'going in there', I'm
replacing what I can. I also replaced timing belts, since
the bike has 64K on it and nobody could tell me when
they were replaced. Also replaced the t-stat, since while
it might be good today, it could fail tomorrow. For $8,
I'll replace it. If you follow Clymer manual instructions,
you will be taking off the water pump cover. Check the
pump shaft for end-play. And, if bought used, check
the weep-hole under the water pump - if you see a screw
or sealant in the hole, this probably means your pump
bearings are going out....just like on a car. Sellers might
do this to hide the fact that the water pump bearings
are bad.

If your water pump has metal blades, its been replaced.
If they are phenolic, probably OEM.

I'll be replacing my timing belt idler bearings next spring,
just because I don't know if they have been replaced.
You should check yours......

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Re: Timing belt cover

Postby sportsfreaked » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:38 pm

add + 3 to removing radiator. If you haven't replaced the coolant hoses I would do that as well why you have it apart. Like previous folks have said much easier and you can clean and inspect while apart. God only knows what you'll find hiding in there :lol:
Thanks to all who answer and help. It is greatly appreciated!
Ed

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Re: Timing belt cover

Postby leakyroof58 » Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:29 pm

Ditto on what sportsfreaked said...I forgot I also replaced
the hoses. Get a NAPA #7733 hose - it will do both upper and
lower hoses if cut right. After ya' get all done, you probably
won't have to take off all that plastic for quite a while.

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Re: Timing belt cover

Postby tbeiler » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:09 pm

While you have the timing covers off, polish them up with steel wool. You will be amazed at how good they will look.




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