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I am removing the valve covers on my 2013 Hammer 8ball in order to send them out for new chrome. The factory Chrome is peeling / chipping really bad.
Anyways, I got the valve cover on the front head off without an issue. The rear is hung up on the timing chain and other internal working. Has anyone pulled off the valve covers and have any suggestions? Can I just move the wires / tubing out of the way and maneuver the cover over / around the internal workings? or do I have to go a much more in depth route?
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It would be like swapping cams. I know there's a trick to doing it on the X-bikes but not sure about the steel frame Vic's. I'd call Rylan Vos and ask him.

You may need to drop the engine a few inches to get it off. If that's the case; you might want to consider dropping in some performance cams at the same time.
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I have seen posts about doing a valve cover removal on a victory XC by loosening the rear engine mount, but the engine mount in the rear is slightly different between an XC and Hammer. I can loosen the rear backbone but should it be remove completely for me to let the motor drop so I can get clearance? or just loosen the backbone and pry like a mofo and hope to get clearance

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It would be like swapping cams. I know there's a trick to doing it on the X-bikes but not sure about the steel frame Vic's. I'd call Rylan Vos and ask him.

You may need to drop the engine a few inches to get it off. If that's the case; you might want to consider dropping in some performance cams at the same time.
Yea I've been reading about it all afternoon. The steel frame bikes are slightly different and have ever less clearance than the X models. While I am into this, I am going to drop in some performance cams. considering its only a few additional steps from where I am at now.

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Hey All,

I am removing the valve covers on my 2013 Hammer 8ball in order to send them out for new chrome. The factory Chrome is peeling / chipping really bad.

Anyways, I got the valve cover on the front head off without an issue. The rear is hung up on the timing chain and other internal working. Has anyone pulled off the valve covers and have any suggestions? Can I just move the wires / tubing out of the way and maneuver the cover over / around the internal workings? or do I have to go a much more in depth route?

Thanks!
When i did my cams i was not able to do it also ...

If you turn the engine over then the valves are in a closed or open position and you can slide out the cam cover

I on the other hand had to drop the engine a few centimeter, grrrrr that was a #([email protected]'/ of a job , ha ha ha

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I need like an 1/8 inch more clearance to get it over the valves. hoping I am missing something or some weird way to maneuver it out before I drop the engine.

How did you drop the engine?

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I need like an 1/8 inch more clearance to get it over the valves. hoping I am missing something or some weird way to maneuver it out before I drop the engine.



How did you drop the engine?
You need to rotate the crankshaft, so the valves close or open .... Then you maybe can slide it out

Dropping the engine 2 cm is a pain ... There are some dowels inside the boltholes

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Any update or luck ?

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None. I have a buddy coming over this weekend to help me watch for when the exhaust valve closes. I had to walk away from it this weekend as I knew I would keep forcing it and eventually break something! Temporary hiatus
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None. I have a buddy coming over this weekend to help me watch for when the exhaust valve closes. I had to walk away from it this weekend as I knew I would keep forcing it and eventually break something! Temporary hiatus
Good choice ... Take your time

I dropped the rear of the engine, but i did not know about rotating the crank at that time and slide that cover off ... If you take out the plugs it is easier to rotate the crank, just rotate the back tire the same way as you are driving



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