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Old 05-18-2015, 06:08 PM   #1
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Getting top-end cam chain off an XL80?

I'm trying to get my top-end off a bad bottom end on an 1982 XL80. I'm painfully stuck trying to get the chain off the cam sprocket in order to remove top-end. I loosened the tensioner, but I don't see how to get the 2 bolts off the the sprocket because the shaft spins. I'm starting to do stupid things like putting vice grips on the shaft. Now I have gorges, and the bolts won't budge. What am I doing wrong?
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:24 AM   #2
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Use a clutch tool or flywheel lock to keep the engine from turning while you loosen the cam sprocket bolts.

You can also wedge a penny between the crankshaft and intermediate shaft, kind of like this...



It deforms and mashes up the penny, but doesn't harm the gears.
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:41 PM   #3
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Thanks. Came right off. Now I'm really struggling to get the cylinder head off. I'm using a rubber mallet with a piece of wood and giving sharp blows. Unfortunately I've broken off all 4 sides of the fins....
Out of options/fins. Any tips?
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