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Old 31st December 2008
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Hey all. Just bought a 1985 XL. Doing lots of research and google kept leading me back here. Finally XLforum had enough and told me I couldn't look for free no more

So here I am, and here it is:




Or at least that's how it WAS... Lots of parts flying off and I am making a lit of things to sell, so holler if you need anything (wheels, tires, fenders, swing arm, front end, bars, controls, mids, plus a ton of dyna and triumph parts, engine, frames, etc)

Here's how it sits as of tonight:



Hope you all don't mind if I resurrect an old topic or two to ask questions. I was already browing the primary removal topic from a month or so back... now off to find info on engine removal. That rear trans/motor mount has me scratching my head a bit.

Bummer about the picture thing. I'd like you guys to see what I was doing, and I always like to see others projects too. And I refuse to mess with photobucket or the like because they are bandwidth limted and I have my own server. oh well..
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5 and you can post pics, not 15

and welcome from Wisconsin
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The rear mount is no biggie. Just unbolt it, and lift the mill out from the right side, kind tilting it to clear the sump. '85 was the last ironhead. It has an alternator built into the clutch shell, same as 4 speed EVO XLs.

I think they have a sticky or a thread on posting pics. I thought I posted pics after only 4 posts, but I could be wrong. Maybe in the FAQs?

Anyways welcome to the forum, I'm sure you will find lot's of answers to any questions here!
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Twolf, Welcome from Cleveland. You should be able to post pics after 5 or 6 posts, so post away. Also, check the sticky's at the Ironhead main page for tons of topics that will probably be useful to you. the guys here are super knowledgeable and very helpful.
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You can just lay the bike over on its left side (Primary) un bolt everything Lift frame off of motor lot easier on the Back especially if you work by yourself
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good tips so far! Keep them coming!

I'm from Southern Michigan (Battle Creek) by the way...
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As far as the rear mount goes, it looks like there about 8 bolts, with a few coming from inside the primary... is that the case? there's 4 going straight front to back, two into the top of the trans, and then it appears maybe two more going into the primary area.

Also, I pulled all the bolts from the primary cover and it doesn't seem to want to budge. I go the front to pop free from the gasket sauce, but the rear is tight. I pulled the adjuster plug from the clutch area, and didn't see anything that would be hanging it up.

I read about actuating the clutch and it would pop free... is that the case? What's the bolt coming down from inside the cover with a lock nut on it?
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The "bolts" coming out of the case are studs and there should be 3 Studs
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ok, edited the original post to include pics
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