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    Senior Member thumper's Avatar
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    After replacing the base and head gasket in my T-Dubya, I'm now in the process of doing the same thing with the wifes bike.

    I figured out a really simple trick this time around for lining up the cam sprocket index mark with the chain.

    As you probably read in my other post, I was one tooth off on my bike and it didn't run, so I had to tear it apart

    a second time and remove and re-install the cam chain sprocket, etc.

    Anyway, this time around I came up with a really simple, almost fool proof little trick.

    I took the same 14 gauge wire I used before to hold the chain up, only this time,

    I ran it THROUGH the LINK when it was lined up. I then hooked it over a bungie cord hanging from above

    to keep tension on it so there would be no worry about the chain falling off the lower sprocket this time.

    Now all I need to do during re-assembly is verify that the index mark on the crank has not moved, then

    line up the cam chain sprocket index mark at the spot the wire went through and all should be good.

    Hope this helps someone....just thought I'd share.

    Ride safe.

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    I'm doing the gasket change soon...thanks for the trick. Did you put the gaskets on dry?

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    Senior Member thumper's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by floridakid View Post
    I'm doing the gasket change soon...thanks for the trick. Did you put the gaskets on dry?




    Yes, the base gasket has some dowels and a couple o-rings, 1 large, 1 small.

    The head was metal.

    Very easy install. Good luck

    Just go slow and check your work often.

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    often times on the timing chains of newer cars, there are actually colored links that correspond to timing marks on the sprockets. i know this is true on the newer triton (junk) engines in many fords with multiple overhead cams. basically my point being one could mark on the chain with a soapstone or somthing to aid the reassembly.

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