Sprint 150 3V cam cover removal
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Sprint 150
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:12 am quote
I'm no stranger to motorcycle maintenance but for warranty reasons let a dealer do the 1000km service. Since then (1000km) the bike has developed a worsening oil leak, at first I hoped just from being slightly overfilled with oil, but further investigation showed a significant portion of upper side of the cam cover gasket is now missing.

I'm in two minds whether to make an issue of this, or just get on and replace the gasket. Would you trust that workshop again???

Is there a handy video somewhere showing the steps to remove the cam cover fully? I have found videos of the bare motor being worked on, but nothing showing the easy way to get the cam cover out of the bike with the engine in place.
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:16 am quote
Make the dealer fix the problem.
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Sprint 150
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:39 pm quote
WEB-Tech wrote:
Make the dealer fix the problem.
I hear, you; I'm actually thinking longer term that I want to be able to do this for myself. The service manual isn't as specific as you'd hope. At this point it's looking harder than working on my VFR800...
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:27 pm quote
Love the Avatar.

I don't know as I had to sell mine before getting that far.

Question is can you easily get the cover off without removing the motor?

I was going to change the cam so I had extra work to do. So motor out would probably have been easier fore me.
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:23 pm quote
waspmike wrote:
Question is can you easily get the cover off without removing the motor?
Yes. Access to the screws is the problem. I put mine in a front wheel chock and put a jack under the "frame" just forward of the engine. Disconnect the rear shock. When you access the screws through the sark plug access cover, jack up the scoot or lower it down with the jack to get to them. Not a horrible job.
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:46 pm quote
pokeyjoe wrote:
waspmike wrote:
Question is can you easily get the cover off without removing the motor?
Yes. Access to the screws is the problem. I put mine in a front wheel chock and put a jack under the "frame" just forward of the engine. Disconnect the rear shock. When you access the screws through the sark plug access cover, jack up the scoot or lower it down with the jack to get to them. Not a horrible job.
Thank you. I read elsewhere today about jacking on the cross-member of the engine mounting frame. I had tried just jacking under the floorboard area (with shock disconnected) which gave some motor movement but I was not having great success with the cover, although I got the bolts out easily. Seems like I need to improve my technique.
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Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:43 pm quote
Not to be THAT guy that posts responses to his own question but...

Video link to removal of the cam cover and "hand" check of valve clearances by none other than Robot. Perfect. And no jacking up of chassis or other messing around.

https://youtu.be/xMyLE7uwZzA
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Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:45 am quote
It's not a difficult job but you should give the shop the opportunity to fix their screw up. They'll either sort it straight away with no fuss or accuse you of damaging it yourself. Either way thats good info for future services, should you need them.
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Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:16 pm quote
znomit wrote:
It's not a difficult job but you should give the shop the opportunity to fix their screw up. They'll either sort it straight away with no fuss or accuse you of damaging it yourself. Either way thats good info for future services, should you need them.
I have had dialogue with the workshop and looks like they will be sorting the issue out for me, once they get in a new gasket and we find a mutually suitable time.
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Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:37 pm quote
Motomail did the repair under warranty, the Sprint is now oil tight again. Happy days!
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