'81 GL1100 - Must I remove RH timing pulley to replace valve seals?


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'81 GL1100 - Must I remove RH timing pulley to replace valve seals?

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Resurrecting an '81 gl1100 Standard. Start and idles fine, carbs clean, valves set, etc., but smoking consistently from LH side. Starts clear, so it's not pooling oil, and then gets worse after a few minutes and doesn't clear.

Assuming it's leaking valve stem seals, I am changing them this weekend. Doing both sides as long as the bike is apart, even though the RH side isn't smoking.

I have the LH timing pulley off, which seems to be needed to access a bolt, but do I need to remove the RH timing pulley and camshaft? Can I just remove the RH rocker arm assembly and leave the camshaft in place while changing the seals? I'd rather not take more apart than needed.

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Re: '81 GL1100 - Must I remove RH timing pulley to replace valve seals?

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Since you have to time the belts when you are done. You might as well take it off to make it easier to work on.
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Re: '81 GL1100 - Must I remove RH timing pulley to replace valve seals?

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Yeah, I went ahead and did it. It came off easily, but we'll see about going back on. Will have to get the fuel pump correct as well.
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