My Kawasaki chain replacement saga continues. I planned a clean efficient operation that would take just a few hours. I am still in the garage god dammnit!!! - on probably one of the nicest sunniest days this whole godammn year!!! :rolleyes:After getting the slave cylinder off I’m having a battle royal trying to get the fuggin engine sprocket nut off! I’ve wedged an iron bar in the back wheel to lock it into place and got a socket attached to a breaker bar on the engine sprocket nut - I’m using frightening amounts of force on this thing (the breaker bar is bending) - I could use more force but frankly it’s getting scary watching the breaker bar bend like this! :crazy:
The nut is attached with 125 Nm of force - add on the fact that it has sat there over eight winters and you get the picture!
I’m wondering if I should admit defeat and take it to a garage with an air impact wrench or something similar to get the thing off - then I could tighten it back up again myself ride the bike back home and then take it off? :blink:
have you checked it hasn’t got a locking tab on it ? failing that use plenty of penetrating oil, had same problem with my GSX in end had to get someone hold back break on put in gear bar through wheel n a big length of scaffold did the trick
I’ve had my rant against inpact wrenches, which I, er, “don’t like”.
But I own one as a tool of last resort. Sounds like your at that last resort stage. There are times when the impact shock is the only thing that will get the bugger to move. Still best to have the bike in a high gear and a heavy mate sit on the machine with the back brake on hard.
Once you have the first 1/2 turn, the breaker bar should do the rest.
Thanks Oldguy Yes - I’m in last resort territory - I’ve carried out a tactical withdrawal (translation: admitted defeat) and returned to my bunker to draw up a master plan that will win the war:
Call up pie eating mates with access to scaffolding tubes + purchase a trolley jack as advised above.
Or I’ll nip it down to my bikeshop and let the pros do it - they can then tighten it up again (with reduced torque) and I can ride it back home and resume getting the new chain and sprockets on.
When it’s ready to go back on the road I expect it will be p1ss1ng down with rain again. :rolleyes:
Over the winter I’m planning on replacing the shock (more fun) and fitting braided brake lines.
Thanks for the advice Oldguy - i’ll ride VERY gingerly on the way home
Thanks grim - may try this one!
I’ve been doing a lot of jumping up and down recently Steve! :rolleyes:
Cheers fellas - thanks for all the advice! I’m gonna concede defeat on this one and let the pros do it - up till now the iron bar through the rear wheel has always worked for me vis-a-vis engine sprocket nuts. But I think this kawasaki nut has been on so long its kinda fused with the shaft - either that or it was put on with an air impact wrench.
Thanks for being able to share this stuff with you guys - I’m sure we’ll meet up one day at BM/Ace - then I can buy you all a drink! Kind regards ST.