FINALLY got some garage time. I blew the headgasket on my '75 XL350 last January and have been meaning to fix it for a LONG time. Unfortunately, the "extra" bikes have been pretty low on my priority list this year. While I was at it, I figured I would do a couple of "how-to's" for the old gurls. Tools Needed: Impact driver with phillips bit Phillips screw driver Flat bladed screw driver Sockets and wrenches: 10mm 12mm 14mm Step 1 Get the bike ready! It helps a lot if you have a lift. Cleaning it first helps a TON, but I really didnt feel like dragging it down to the carwash in all the snow. I also have a sneaking suspicion the car was is frozen up, again... Step 2 Take of the body stuff: flip up the seat, remove the tank, pop off the side covers. Remove anything connecting the engine to the bike, but leave the engine mounts until Step 3. This would include: Wire from points to coil Breather from points Chain Electrical connector and Neutral wire Clutch Cable Tach Cable Carburetor Spark Plug wire Exhaust Pipe. Everything detached but the engine mounts: Step 3 Engine mounts. There are 4 of them- Rear top of engine, rear bottom, front bottom, and front top (at the base of the cylinder). A 12mm and 14mm socket is all you need here. Loosen all the bolts and slide them out. You may need to rock the engine a little to get some of them out. *note*- both sides of the top rear mount bracket need to come off (didnt have the one side off for the picture). The 4 mounting bolts, top rear, bottom rear, bottom front, top front: I also like to thread anything back together if I can, so the non-pictured bolts are threaded back into the frame. Step 4 Take the engine out! You shouldnt need to remove either footpeg, but it might make it a bit easier. It's easiest to sit on the bike to get the engine out (lower the lift if you've got one). Lift the engine straight up as high as it will go, then tip the engine to the left side and while tilting the cyclinder down, continue to spin the cylinder out to the left. The kick start lever makes a pretty good handle. Once the engine is loose, you should be able to pull it out the right side easily. Engine out: If you look closely you can see the large chunk of missing headgasket: Guess thats what I get for using a crappy headgasket and a 12:1 piston... More to follow!