Thanks, I imagine just replacing one at a time in a "star" pattern is recommended.
I had just replaced my oil about 1k miles ago, but think I will be dropping the oil this week and go ahead with the spring replacement. I plan to do as discussed above. Done it many times with EVO and Shovelheads clutches exactly this way.Thanks, looks like I'll do this one myself at my next oil change in about a month. Thanks again.
Very good advice... You will lose only a small amount of oil with bike in a wheel-dock and upright. You never know when that cover gasket will crack or become damaged during the cover removal process. All it takes is for the seal to be stuck to both sides at the same time (case vs cover). If it remains stuck only to the case, and it has not aged and hardened, then it will seal up OK without being disturbed. If your bike has a lot of time or a lot of miles and the seal has hardened, replacement time for sure. Dealership standard is to ALWAYS replace the seal gasket. There is also the shifter shaft seal and the clutch shaft seal to watch out for, although somewhat less prone to difficulty with keeping your oil where it belongs, and NOT on your garage floor!With the bike vertical you don't need to drain the oil. But you SHOULD have a primary cover gasket handy.
Like Dieselgman & CraigB, I also use grease. My method (which I've used on hundreds of motorcycles) is to grease both sides of the gasket with grease ("white" lithium grease or generic "axle grease"- doesn't matter which) and "stick" it to the engine case. Install the cover, torque the screws and wipe off any excess grease that shows externally.Speaking of the cover gasket, isn't the best way to avoid crimping it upon reinstall is to put a very small film of oil on the cover, then place the gasket on the cover and push through several bolts to hold it into place? Any other suggestions here would be useful.
I was just looking over the springs last night. It doesn't look like there is a preferred way to put them in. Can they go in either way? Thanks.Yep, you have to remove the shift linkage to pull the left floorboard. No big deal, just a 10mm bolt from the inside. Fact is, that linkage has to come off anyway to pull your cover.