I removed the fuel tank and airbox. I unhooked the radiators but did not disconnect the hoses. The right hand radiator was a pig to unhook but the left popped out easily.
I removed the cable ties which hold the wiring to the fuel rail to ensure they didn't become taught when lowering the engine. I left the throttle bodies and fuel rail in place.
I managed to disconnect the cables to the starter and alternator before lowering the engine.
I secured the rear frame to the garage roof joists and also placed axle stands under the rear frame.
After removing the transmission mounting bolt from the frame I then wound down the jack supporting the engine. It lowered beautifully with no dramas.
I'm now ready to release the transmission from the engine.
Can anybody help with a couple of questions?
1. The manual says withdraw the clutch actuation rod before you remove the transmission. My rod seems reluctant to withdraw (story of my life
Before I use a little more force is there anything holding it in place which I might damage?
2. I want to make up some dummy screws to slide the transmission along as I remove it so that I do not put any stress on the transmission input shaft. How long should I make these 8mm screw shafts?
Photos show lowered engine with fuel rail and radiators still in place