Originally Posted by bigbear
I am the lucky recipient of a leaking timing chain cover and have a couple of questions after reading through the Clymer manual.
Bike in surgery is an 02 LTC with 20,415 miles.
1) Does anyone know what diameter the crank shaft is? I want to make a sleeve for the seal. Would like to do this before I tear the bike down if possible.
No need, you can pull the sleeve off the end of the crankshaft, and put it back on after the cover is in place. That allows you to push the sleeve into the seal in the correct direction to avoid seal damage.
2) Clymer recommends using a product called "GaskaCinch" (spelling) on the Crank Shaft Cover seal. Does anyone know what this is?
I use Permatex "Ultra Black", available just about anywhere,great stuff. Never have had a leak using that.
3) Is it possible to move the right radiator so that you can see the timing marks on this bike. I will mark the Hall effect plate but still would suspect timing the beast will be necessary.
Yes, not easy, but doable. I posted timing instructions once. You can use an analog volt meter to do it (digital will work, but much easier to detect the movement of a needle than change in digital reading). If I remember correctly, it is the orange wire, you can pick it up in the electrical box under the tank. I drilled out an old spark plug to accept a rod to use with a dial indicator in order to measure the 0.010" before TDC, then rotate the hall plate to set the timing.
4) If the anti freeze (Smurf Water) used on BMW cars the same as recommended for the LT? We have a car dealer but no bike dealer.
I just purchased a gallon of BMW anti-freeze, about $12. That is enough for two complete changes, and a little left over. It is used by BMW in both cars and motorcycles.