Progress Report: Transmission Installed today
So - got the clutch installed and the alignment tool worked like a dream (not trying to make you feel bad, Barrett)
I used about a can of brake cleaner to get the grime off the transmission cavity and cleaned the outer case.
Used several toothpicks to remove debris from each of the cavities in the spline and mixed together some moly & grease to coat the male splines.
Inserted the clutch rod through the front of the tranny, as suggested, and soaked the felt ring in gear oil. Added moly grease to the tip that presses against the compression plate and cleaned & greased the thrust bearing, piston & sealing ring.
Actuated the clutch several times (it feels really nice) before tightening up the transmission bolts - still not fully tightened yet.
Here's my question: When I put the bike into gear and depress the clutch operating mechanism (cable isn't connected yet) I can't spin the output flange, other than neutral that connects to the swingarm - I haven't re-installed the swing arm yet.
Wondering if I missed something? It's normal to pull in the clutch and be able to roll forward on a motorcycle in gear or hold the clutch in when stopped.
I'm about 100% that the clutch went in right as well as the clutch operating mechanism as I kept the workshop manual by my side.
What do you think?
Slash 5 needs everything!
What have I gotten myself into?
I should've known better after the R65LS restoration. If it weren't for that sexy combo speedo/tach unit and the nail key - that was the draw believe it or not.
Just another labor of love to help stay sane.
So much grease everywhere - beginning to think the bike hadn't been ever cleaned or gone through since leaving the factory in '72. Almost done with my 2nd can of brake cleaner - the stuff works great.
Just took a look underside of cylinders - seeing oil - not a good sign. Bike ran good when I test drove it - probably still does. The PO hadn't ridden her in some time but she started right up. There was a bunch of oil on his garage floor beneath the bike but after I got her home and tightened up the oil pan, the dripping stopped.
I guess more to be revealed as I go down the line - carbs are dirty on outside but it ran so good I'm not going to rebuild right now - thinking about getting a small ultrasonic cleaner from Harbor Freight just to clean them up but if I do that I'll most likely have to disassemble everything.
Will just proceed one small step at a time. She will be nice when it all comes together. Oh these project bikes - love it!:banghead