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Old 02-12-2011, 09:19 PM   #16
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Put in my vote for the driveshaft boot.

The clips that hold on the airbox lid help a bit. They're bent at a funny angle that helps to slip it around. I always hold the back in with my left hand then guide the rest of the lip around with the airbox clip. The last few times I've done it were pretty easy thanks to that.
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:25 PM   #17
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Drive shaftboot...
Remove lower shock bolt, raise swing arm up until it's perpendicular to the floor. Easy(er) install.

Getting that one starter bolt in or out NOW that's challenging.
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:40 PM   #18
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Drive shaftboot...
Remove lower shock bolt, raise swing arm up until it's perpendicular to the floor. Easy(er) install.

Getting that one starter bolt in or out NOW that's challenging.
S.
If you think thats hard, have you tried to install or reinstall the top left diode board mount without removing the starter? I had to install one once on a 100+deg day, in a gravel parking lot in Moab Utah. OMG!

I did it but I'll tell you right now that it absolutely cannot be done! No friggin way!
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:44 PM   #19
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Yup, that's a bitch
Tried it last Fall @6:30 A.M. in Red Bluff. It was cold and didn't go so good.
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:50 AM   #20
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Driveshaft bolts at the tranny and the rubber boot are take the cake for me. The rest is pretty straight forward.
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:56 AM   #21
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+ 1 on drive shaft boot
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:35 AM   #22
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two words.....driveshaft boot

i feel sorry for the guy who had to do this at the factory!
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:43 AM   #23
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+ another on the drive shaft boot

For clutch adjustment try grinding down a 13 mm ring spanner with a slight offset.
The 10mm from the tool kit makes a great companion.

I love the spoke idea.
More elegant that a broken hacksaw blade



For the final stage of boot installation I use a zip tie to secure the gearbox end before attempting a clamp.
It's like having an extra pair of tiny hands.
I'm going to try the airbox clips next time cause it's still not a get it right first time job for me.
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:21 AM   #24
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When it comes to the swingarm to transmission boot installation, I put the boot on the swingarm and clamp it before sliding the swingarm into position. Then I use a one of those screwdriver like tools with the bent, pointy end that is used for removing hoses to slip the boot over the transmission. Trying to get the boot onto the swingarm while it is in place sucks!
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:24 AM   #25
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Hmmm, sounds like the best tip I've heard for this process.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:46 AM   #26
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I don't know that I've ever noticed that big a difference getting the adjustment at egggzaktly 201mm. Have you? Normally if it's parallel to the back cover at mid stroke it's fine.

True, bleeding brakes are probably one of the most fiddly things but often, if it's close, I'll just ride it and the rest of the air comes out. If not, overnight with the lever to the grip does the trick.

One of the tougher jobs is getting the transmission shimming just right. It's closer to an art than a science.

As for the u-joint boot - I remember the first few times were a bitch! But anymore they slip right on. Guess they know I'm not playing games! I do it like Martian - but don't even remove the SA side of the boot since I move the engine forward in trans removal.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:49 AM   #27
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Got a new one. Removing the races from the steering head tube. Thank God Hardwaregrrl let me borrow her welder. Geez ... what a PITA.

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Old 02-13-2011, 09:08 AM   #28
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Got a new one. Removing the races from the steering head tube. Thank God Hardwaregrrl let me borrow her welder. Geez ... what a PITA.

The sad part is that there are atleast 3 different tools on the market that make this a job that takes just a couple minutes.

Airheads are all about the right tools, and little tricks.
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:33 AM   #29
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My least favorite is getting those teeny little clips on the master link of a new timing chain. I've got fat fingers, and that job has driven me more nuts than anything else I can think of.

The use of a 90-degree flat screwdriver for the drive shaft boot is great. I have one that I bent years ago for some other task, and it makes getting to the back side of the boot a relative snap.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:05 AM   #30
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I had to wait and read stuff to try to get some ideas. I think it might be getting the shifter fork bolts started in a four speed? Sometimes they go right in and sometimes they don't.
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