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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-09-2017, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Valve Cover Removal

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I need to remove the valve covers on my 2002 VTX 1800. One seal is shot and the chrome is peeling so I'm going to fix both issues at the same time.

I've heard rumors that you can loosen up the motor mounts and "lower" the motor to provide enough clearance to get the valve covers past the backbone of the frame.

Anyone know about this procedure? It pains me to think that I'm going to need to do a motor pull just to get the valve covers off.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-10-2017, 06:55 AM
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take 2 aspirin for the pain.

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Yes, it has been done. Remember guys doing it a couple of times over the years. Best if you have a stand (not lift). This way you can get a floor jack under the motor to aid in lowering, and then repositioning. If you do not have stand, search 'home made' stands on this site. I and many others have built very strong, dependable stands out of common lumber for about 30 - 40 dollars.

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Tracker, the front cylinder's cover can be removed without lowering the motor but the rear requires more space. I recall a thread or two on this site outlining the procedure. Good luck

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By valve covers you mean the valve inspection covers correct?



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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-13-2017, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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By valve covers you mean the valve inspection covers correct?
Nope. Both of the valve covers, not the inspection covers.

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Nope. Both of the valve covers, not the inspection covers.

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Ok Gotcha. Yeah that will be a PITA but removing the bolt from the rear motor mount should allow you to drop the motor enough to get it.



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I've resealed a bunch for my customers. The front will clear and come out completely. The rear is a PIA. However if you have a friend, some good brake parts cleaner and long gun cleaning q-tips it can be done without removing and lowering anything. I highly recommend Toyota brand FIPG black RTV.

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Chrome is starting to peal on the covers. I'm just gonna pull them off, have them sand blasted and paint them to match the bike. PITA but I'll be happier in the long run.
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Chrome is starting to peal on the covers. I'm just gonna pull them off, have them sand blasted and paint them to match the bike. PITA but I'll be happier in the long run.
Strange that the chrome is starting to peal off. Any explanation for that?

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