I just installed my Lloydz cams in my 2011 XC and I thought I would give some feedback after the install in order to help any future installers. First of all I am going to reference PhilC64's cam install instructions that he wrote up because he did a great job. They can be found here:
So I'm going to assume that anyone planning on doing this mod has or will read PhilC64's instructions. I just wanted to add some of my observations.
-First of all, I'm also going to assume the if anyone is attempting to do their own cam install that they have some experience doing this type of work. If you aren't confident in your wrenching abilities you may want to pay an experienced shop to do the work. It's not the most difficult work I've ever done on a bike, but I'd give it a solid 3 out of 5 stars for difficulty.
-Before you start make sure that you have a really good assortment of metric sockets and wrenches. When your working in the space between the frame and the cylinder heads you will need several different lengths of sockets to get in the right places. For example, I had to use a 15mm deep socket, 1/2" drive, to torque my cam carrier bolts. No other socket or extension combinations would work.
-In PhilC64's instructions he mentions that you can use a 1 1/16" socket to turn the engine over. That socket will only work if it is a 6 point socket. If you have a 1 1/16" 12 point socket it will not work.
-You are going to zip tie the cam chains to the bikes frame to keep them from falling into the engine after you pull the cam sprocket. When you do this make sure you pull the zip ties fairly tight and don't leave much slack in the chain. If you leave a lot of slack in the cam chain they will bind up in the cam followers and stop the engine from turning.
-When I pulled the cam chain cover off half of it stayed with the engine and the other half stayed with cover. So I pulled the gasket in two pieces. The problem is that I have the typical problem with no Victory dealership close and nobody stocks that gasket anyways. So instead of riding my bike after the cam install I'm waiting on a gasket and that is frustrating. I would recommend buying a new cam chain cover gasket and new sealing washers to go under the cam chain tensioners before you start the job.
-You are going to need a tiny & strong magnet to pull the pins out of the cam carrier. If you have one of those automotive style extending magnets trust me it is not going to work. I used some little 3/16" disc style rare earth magnets that I bought at radioshack and they did the trick.
-In the cam chain install you pull both cams then reinstall the new cams beginning with the rear cam. You have to reset the timing of the engine when you install the new cams. If I were doing this again I would pull the first cam, then install the new cam in the exact same position without moving the engine. You could button everything down then move to the next cam. If you did this with both cams then you could button up the engine and not have to worry about resetting the timing of the engine because you would have never moved it. I pull the cams on my bro's V-Rod in this manner and it saves me the step of having to reset the engine timing.
That's it. I can't wait to see how the bike runs with the new cams but it will be late this week before the gasket comes in.