At long last, it’s time to start putting parts back together again. I’m going to start with putting the engine into the frame. The fun part is aligning the engine with the frame so the threaded rods that mount the engine into the frame line up. As the engine is stripped down, I can lift it without straining.
I installed the following new parts.
|46 51 9 034 128||Foot peg rubber, round, pair||1|
|46 52 1 231 815||Center stand rubber||1|
|11 42 1 337 572||Oil Filter||1|
|11 42 1 338 600||Oil Filter Cover Gasket||1|
|07 07 R kit 001||Engine & Drive Gasket Washer Kit||1|
|07 11 R kit 003 SS||Engine cover mount bolt set, SS||1|
NOTE: You can’t put the engine in the frame (or get it out of the frame) if the oil filter cover is installed.
I used my motorcycle jack and some wood blocks. I lowered the jack all the way down to the lowest height. Just out side the jack arms, I placed some wood blocks so I could put the frame on top of them. The idea is to lift the engine into the frame and lower it onto the jack arms.
To avoid scratching the newly powder coated frame, I used the plastic packing sheets that were wrapped around the powder coated parts when I got them back. I folded a sheet in half and then half again longways to get some cushioning. Then I attached on to the top side of each bottom frame rail using painters tape.
Install the Engine in the Frame
I had placed the engine near the motorcycle jack. I used some straps under the bulge in the front beneath the points cover and in the back under the oil pain so I could lift it up but not have my hands under it. I lifted the engine off the floor (remember to bend your knees and lift with your legs) and placed it half way into the frame so the oil pan was resting on the top of plastic packing sheet on the left side rail. Then I straddled the spine tube and lifted it up and lowered it onto the pads of the lowered motorcycle lift. Here is how it looked resting on the motorcycle jack after I inserted into the frame.
Install Threaded Rods
The back engine mount is easier to install as it only has two spacers that fit between the engine block and the mounting bracket on the frame. Before I installed the threaded rods, I used some 320 grit wet paper to clean up the burrs and gouges so they were smooth. I also used a round file to clean any powder coat out of the holes in the engine brackets and then wrapped some 320 grit paper on a 3/8 drill bit so I could smooth out the inside of the holes in the frame mounting brackets. I test fit the threaded rods through the holes in the engine brackets to be sure they would slide in smoothly. I didn’t want to have to drive them in with a lot of force and possibly damage the threads.
Install Rear Threaded Rod
I lifted up the back of the frame and aligned the hole in the engine with the hole in the frame bracket and pushed the threaded rod into it while holding the spacer between the engine block and the backside of the bracket.
Then I pushed the rod through the engine until it was ready to come out the other side. I positioned the other spacer on the other side and pushed the rod through until it was centered.
Install Front Threaded Rod and Side Stand
The front threaded rod goes through two shackles that have small holes for the center stand springs, and on the left side, an extra hole for the side stand spring. The side stand has to be mounted on the pin on the left lower frame rail before sliding the left side shackle between the engine block and the frame mounting bracket.
The left side shackle has a bushing on one side that goes against the engine. The bent tab goes to the front as shown below (the front of the engine is to the left).
It’s a tight fit and I positioned the left shackle by braille while I held the front of the frame up with my left hand and then pushed the threaded rod into the shackle and engine block with my right. I found I could steady the frame by leaning it on my shoulder and then it was easy to adjust the height so the threaded rod would slide through.
The right side shackle is shaped differently from the left but the boss goes against the engine block with the tab facing the front just like the left side shackle.
I held the shackle in place with my left hand while in front of the engine and I could push the threaded rod with my right hand. When it was through the bracket in the frame, I centered it.
Torque the Nuts on Threaded Rods
At this point, I realized I needed more support under the oil pan as it barely spanned the distance between the jack arms. With some help from my wife, she slid a board across the jack arms while I picked up the frame and engine a couple inches off the jack arms. I should have put a board under the oil pan to begin with.
I strapped the engine down tight so I could tighten up the engine mounting bolts to 55 FOOT/Pounds.
Install Side Stand Spring, Foot Pegs and Oil Filter Cover
Then I installed the spring for the side stand. It goes into the lower hole on the left shackle. The upper hole is for the left side center stand spring.
Next I installed the front foot pegs with new rubbers.
Then I removed the oil filter inside cover, the old oil filter, put a new one in and put the inside oil filter cover on. Then I used the 10 mm bolts to bolt on the outer cover over the oil filter.
NOTE: You can’t get the engine in or out of the frame if the oil filer cover is attached.