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Help i was doing some work to my topend today and accidentally dropped a cylinder base nut into the crankcase.The motor is out of the bike and on a workbench is there anyway i can get the nut out without splitting the cases any ideas or input would be greatly appreciated
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Help i was doing some work to my topend today and accidentally dropped a cylinder base nut into the crankcase.The motor is out of the bike and on a workbench is there anyway i can get the nut out without splitting the cases any ideas or input would be greatly appreciated
If you have the jugs off, get an extended magnet and fish around. You may be able to turn the engine upside down and shake it loose and out.
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If you have the jugs off, get an extended magnet and fish around. You may be able to turn the engine upside down and shake it loose and out.
exactly what he said , if you have to split the cases do it right and measure tolerences and do a full rebuild
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Get a super strong magnet on a string or a stick and fish for it. Try turning it upside down and blow some compressed air in there and see if it will rattle loose. just take your time and you will get it.
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ok what did i miss? turn motor upside and shake. no?
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Yeah, use the magnet trick tho' I'm not sure I'd use a magnet on a string. Too likely to also lose the magnet.
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You need to fish with a magnet on something stiffer than a string. A magnet on a string will go straight for the flywheels every time you lower it into the crankcase. Before you fish for the nut, a mechanic's mirror might be handy to possibly see where it went.
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Prop it upside down on some wood blocks and rotate the flywheels. There are lots of places where the clearances are too close for the nut to pass through, so you are hoping to get the nut to go between the flywheels. It make take some time.
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they sell magnet on a flexible stem for this purpose at any auto parts store
I also once took a shop vac and a piece of clear hose, duck taped it to the end of the nozzle to vacum crap out, might also work for this
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they sell magnet on a flexible stem for this purpose at any auto parts store
I also once took a shop vac and a piece of clear hose, duck taped it to the end of the nozzle to vacum crap out, might also work for this
Get the smallest shop vac fitting and stretch something like pantyhose over the end, trim the excess hosery and rubberband it to the vacuums fitting. Then, get a couple of buddies to hold the engine and while rotating toward as you fish it out with the suction. The pantyhose will prevent it from going up the vacuum hose. You can use any vacuum, but shop vacs are stronger and don't really require the "hosery screening", as long as you're willing to pull it from the mucky tank. If you had a larger sorta clear flexible hose you could duct tape that to an open vacuum hose and get it from anywhere.
Not all bolts are ferrous? A magnet may not always work?
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