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While waiting for tires to be mounted, I've got the chain apart and just kinda laying there. I want to take it off, soak it, clean it, and re-oil.

Can I take it off the front sprocket without removing the cover. Looks possible to just pull it thru. More important is......can it be put back on around that sprocket with the cover on? That looks possible also.

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I won't say it can't be done but it's lot easier if you have another piece of old chain to pull thru and then hook the cleaned chain to it and pull it back on, otherwise it's like trying to push a rope
 

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I won't say it can't be done but it's lot easier if you have another piece of old chain to pull thru and then hook the cleaned chain to it and pull it back on, otherwise it's like trying to push a rope
Yup that's the best bet, if you don't have another chain a hook in the end of a coathanger sometimes helps you fish it back in there. Or you could just leave it on get a shalow pan, brush and kerosene or whatever you plan to clean it with and just clean it a section at a time and pull it around.
 

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If I take the cover off, will there be a clutch adjustment when it goes back on?

I'm basically lazy. :lol: If it's easier to fish the chain thru than taking the cover off (and whatever else that entails), I'm all for it! :lol:
 

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Why not take it apart and do it right??? That way if something else is wrong then you catch it in advance. Plus you can clean behind the drive sprocket cover and inspect the sprocket itself while you're in there. You'll learn a little as well. It's not often a good idea to "cut corners" on two wheels, but to each his own I guess..

No offense.

GB :mrgreen:
 

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You shouldn't need a clutch adjustment after left cover removal. Will be much less hassle for a lazy arse like you to take it off, than to fish that chain back in. Dont be scared to undo a few tiny screws ya wuss :lol:
 

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If your basically lazy this is such a simple job you could do it with your eyes shut and rest at the same time. :) :) :)
but my advice is do it right .You'll also be able to check oil seal but just watch you dont lose the ball that the pushrod engages.
 

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Well, I am curious as to whats behind that cover, so off it goes! Thanks for the responses.

The goal for this new to me bike is to bring all maintenace up to date and have some fun. Next winter it's going to be stripped to the frame. Haven't decided if it will be a cafe' project or leave it original.

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OK, what am I doing wrong? Took out the screws, the nut for clutch adjustment, shift linkage, even some long bolt from underneath. The cover moves, but it doesn't pull off. What's with the clutch cable? When the clutch is pulled in, the top of the cover tips out.

On a good note, got the wheels installed :)
 

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pantera1 said:
OK, what am I doing wrong? Took out the screws, the nut for clutch adjustment, shift linkage, even some long bolt from underneath. The cover moves, but it doesn't pull off. What's with the clutch cable? When the clutch is pulled in, the top of the cover tips out.

On a good note, got the wheels installed :)
There are 4 screws, if they're all out then keep working it...it'll come of by rocking it back and forth.
 

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Thanks Mike

Only had three screws, discovered one of the top ones was missing. I'll keep rocking it, seems really tight to the other cover. That clutch cable must stay attached until you get the cover off?
 

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Yeah the cable can only be removed from the cover once the cover is removed from the bike. Use a rubber mallet to gently nudge it away from the engine. I wouldnt be surprised if there is half a paddock of mud, grass, and grease packed in behind that cover.
 

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Thanks Mike

Only had three screws, discovered one of the top ones was missing. I'll keep rocking it, seems really tight to the other cover. That clutch cable must stay attached until you get the cover off?
Yes, they can be snug. The mud, grease and everything else can be thick, along with the seal on the shift shaft and the locating pins. Usually, pulling the clutch lever a few times will pop it off enough but sometimes you just have to keep working it.
 
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