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post #1 of 39 Old 01-26-2016, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Crank nut to fix missing balls.

I'm taking taking things apart, to replace this bearing (and anything it's missing balls messed up on the way to becoming metal confetti in the oil screen), but I'm running into a problem getting that crank nut off.



After taking the above picture, I put the clutch basket back on, and held it in place with an EBC clutch holder tool. Bent the little retainer plate flat, put a socket on the crank nut, grabbed the trusty 3 foot cheater bar, and pulled. This is the result.



That's when I though, "self, you may be doing this wrong." So that's why I'm here. Do I just need to figure out how to use moar power to get that crank nut off, or is there some other trick? Is it reverse threaded or something weird? Some kind of hidden retainer that keeps it from spinning off?

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post #2 of 39 Old 01-26-2016, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I sprayed it down with some penetrating oil, will let is soak in overnight. Give it another shot tomorrow.

I'm proceeding on the assumption that I'm going to need to get the crank nut off before I can split the case. Does that crank bearing come out with the case, or does it stay put and the case comes off around it?
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Watch this video:

You can watch the whole thing, or just go to 4:55 for the "Oh, shit" moment and watch from there.

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Holy guacamole! I would have never thought of using it like that! I'm going to go try it right now.
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Worked like a charm.
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Glad ya whupped it!

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I think I'll tuck that video away in a saved bookmarks file.
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Excellent video Tom! I especially liked the "Shit! I bent the tool!!". Good recovery too.
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hahahahh!

Excellent video there plus his commentary! It appears (like anything with leverage) the closer you are to the body of the tool the less likely you are to bend it. Once he had the "handle" portion of the tool bracing against something is when it bent.

I'll have to remember this if/when I get into my motor for work.

Curious, were you only replacing the bearing or other items as well?

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post #10 of 39 Old 01-27-2016, 06:26 PM
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Yeah, the problem with the EBC tool is that they laser cut their logo into the handle, rendering it absolutely useless for using for any leverage. If there isn't something within 2" of the business end of the thing to rest it against it's gonna bend. Funny how fungi's tool looks just like mine. A stupid design.

I was a bit miffed when it bent and let them know about it.

No response, thus the last thing I'll probably buy from them.

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