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  1. #1
    coachstorms
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    Default Tips on Motor Install

    My xs650 build is coming along well, time to get the motor back in the frame. What do you guys have for tips to make this deal go smoothly? Thanks for the help

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    I have never done anything to a 650, but I put pipe insulation on the frame tubes so I don't tear up the finish on the frame with the engine.

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    Yeah pipe insulation or bubble wrap with blue tape.
    Get some long bolts or metal rod,threaded bar stock to stick into the motor mount holes to use as handles,get a buddy to help and you should be able to get it in there without tearing things up.

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    Get someone to help - an extra set of hands makes things so much easier. You really only need them to slide one bolt in, then the rest can be done by one person.

    As the others said - use something to protect the frame from scratches. The 650 engine is reasonably easy to install/remove compared to a lot of other engines. Just make sure you have the front mount removed and set aside. I find it easiest to go in from right to left. I start by setting the engine on the right side frame rail. While holding it from falling, I stradle the frame and lift the engine to align the bottom bolt holes. Here's where the helper comes in handy. They can tell you - up, down, forward, back and insert the bolt when ready. From there you will have a pivot point and can rock the engine forward/backward to get the other mounts lined up.

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    +1 on whats posted above. I just put my 650 motor in last week and my bro had to come down and help me out. Once you get in into the frame (I had it all jacked up on a moto lift so it could rest on that) I got the longest bolt at the bottom in first and then you just have to rock it back and forth until everything lines up. Standing over the frame works better than standing from one side.

  6. #6
    coachstorms
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    thanks fellas - think i may slide home today at lunch and get that sucker in!

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