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Can this be done? I want to ceramic coat the covers. According to the service manual, the engine has to come out first. I'm hoping someone has already done this before.

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I do it several times a week. Unbolt the back bone, and pry it up a little, and the covers will slip right out

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It's not that hard at all. Find the cam install instructions on here and follow them to the point of removing the valve covers. Then ceramic coat and re-install. While your there it wouldn't be a bad time to throw in some cams either.

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Can this be done? I want to ceramic coat the covers. According to the service manual, the engine has to come out first. I'm hoping someone has already done this before.
It is a little nerve racking to think about it for the first time but it is easy. Breaking the back bone sounds heavy but is not. Take the 2 bolts out of the front of the triangle mounting bracket where the 2 cast aluminum back bones meet and remove one of the front back bone bolts and loosen the other at the front. Place a 2X4 across the back of the back cylinder to rest on the cast belt guard and the primary drive. Cut another piece of wood about 3-1/2" long and pry with a crow bar. Move the front back bone up about 1/2" and the cover slips out easily. I just did this for the first time and it felt great. added chrome covers on the XR 8 Ball.

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Excellent. I have been poring over the service manual trying to see how to do this. I assume I have to take off the fuel tank?

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Side covers, seat, and tank are the only body parts that have to come off

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Excellent. Thanks.

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Click the cam install link in my signature to see how to break the backbone.

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