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A special place in the engine!

PostAuthor: Shootist » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:52 am

Messing with my new to me 1993 vintage XV535 I decided, among other things, to check the air filter. This involved lifting to top tank, a fairly simple task you might think. OK, the bike is on the side stand and I have removed the left side and read screws that hold the tank so only the right hand screw to go. Here I discovered a special place in the Virago engine, a place so demonic that only the cunning oriental mind could have constructed it while making it look so normal.

OK, right hand bolt is withdrawn at which I find there is a big rubber washer between the tank and the frame which as soon as you move the tank slides straight town and into a slot between the front cylinder head and the plate that holds the engine in place. A slot that could have been exactly designed to take that exact washer at that angle. Bugger!!!! At first I thought it must have made it to the floor and, being rubber, had rolled silently away to some dark corner of the garage. However, one 'last look' saw it hiding somewhere on the top of the front cylinder, just visible through a gap only big enough to take a hacksaw blade as a prodder. Totally impossible to remove without pulling the bike to bits and dropping the engine. A whole hour I spent trying to retrieve it and all I succeeded in doing was encouraging it to move into some final invisible refuge.

Anyone got a spare one?

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Re: A special place in the engine!

PostAuthor: bstig60 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:12 pm

Why don't you try a piece of stiff wire with a small hook on the end. You should be able to get it out.
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Re: A special place in the engine!

PostAuthor: Flyingdog » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:02 pm

Wow, that's a good one...other than what Bill suggested. You got any dental type picks and an air compressor? Even if the air would get it close enough to "stab" it. Who cares if it ends up with a hole or gnarled somewhat. I like an assortment of these extensions. 5" - 20". Even bend some myself. Great for knocking down bees/spiders/(small children?) in the garage. :bg: :cl:
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Re: A special place in the engine!

PostAuthor: Jake » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:37 pm

A vacuum cleaner with a small hose duct taped to the vacuum cleaner hose .

Make it plenty long enough to reach the part and see if you can get it on a flat. Then gingerly try to extract it.
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Re: A special place in the engine!

PostAuthor: Shootist » Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:05 pm

All been done. Except the vacuum cleaner but there is absolutely no space to get anything like it anywhere near. It's staying there!

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Re: A special place in the engine!

PostAuthor: Jake » Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:17 pm

Well then, I guess it’s off to a hardware store. Most of the I have visited have some sort of rubber washer.
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