Leaky Gaskets On 85' FXRS Rocker Box Covers

Discussion in 'FXR Models' started by Wacka52, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. Wacka52

    Wacka52 Member

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    Is there any easier way to replace the rocker box covers on a 1985 FXRS stock engine besides pulling the engine out?
     
  2. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I have had no trouble removing rocker boxes with the engine in the frame on my softail dyna and sportster although the rear one is a wee bit tight and some minor modification to tools was required to get to the fasteners

    Brian
     
  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Welcome to The Forum, have you tried lowering the motor by removing the motor mount?
     
  4. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    I remember that the FXR's were difficult to remove the rear rocker bolt and cover. Like Jack mentioned, I seem to remember removing the front motor mount rubber to drop the engine a bit, and disconnecting the stabilizer link so the engine could be pushed slightly sideways was the method. I'll dig around and see if I saved one of the articles.
     
  5. Wacka52

    Wacka52 Member

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    Ok thanks, I'll keep these ideas in mind. It would sure make life a bit easier. Thanks for the responses.
     
  6. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    I wasn't able to find the old articles, but googling, "replace fxr rocker box" will get several hits about the procedures.
     
  7. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    When I did the rocker boxes on the FXRS I took the scissor jack out of my wifes van and slid it under the motor and jacked it up so there was just a bit of pressure on it.Then I undid the motor mounts and lowered the motor with the scissor jack.Made it easy to remove the boxes.When I had the covers off I checked them with a straight edge and lightly filed the warpage out of them before I put them back on with new gaskets.
    Hope this helps.
     
  8. Wacka52

    Wacka52 Member

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    Thank you. Lots of good info.
     
  9. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Be sure to warm that Evo up before riding, this is the most common reason rocker boxes leak:s