Finding Top Dead Center--any tricks?
ON my 2009 r1200r, finding TDC has been a challenge. That arrow that shows up so well in pictures doesn't show up so hot in real life on mine. It's there, barely visible, but it is almost a 2 person job. I tried putting a dot of paint on it, but the paint was washed off by oil. It certainly does not jump out at you.
Two questions: are there any tricks to getting TDC, other than turn the rear wheel a little, look and feel the valves, repeat...
Can you assume the engine is TDC IF BOTH valves, exhaust and intake are loose. IOW, once [U]any[/U] clearance is there, is the engine at TDC? It seems that they are either loose or they're not, no middle ground.
+1 and feeler gauge advice
Chopsticks and both sets of valves are loose.
2 more cents. Get the Wurth feeler gauge set from Beemer Boneyard. Using 2 lightweight gauges on the tappets of both valves simultaneously gave much more consistent results than using a single automotive style guage on one valve at a time.