Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Yup, cmg, I have been cleaning diligently as I work my way around the case. The dirtiest was the throttle body, because it has so many nooks and crannies, so many hidden surfaces. I even cleaned two of the three remaining pistons, which had some buildup. I hung them over the side of the case and scraped them down, with the debris falling onto some newspaper. It's looking pretty clean externally.
So, you say I don't have to remove the basket, but the manual says to remove it, and the external shift mechanism behind it. Why do you believe it says to remove that, if it's unnecessary? So far, I saw that removing the starter motor and the oil cooler gained access to case bolts, and the camshaft sensor bridged the split line, with a bolt on either side. In those cases, it was necessary.
I had my eye on that Dewalt a couple years ago, when I wanted to remove my truck's shocks for replacement. I didn't pull that trigger though, and once again it looks like I need it. I rarely need that torque, but it's a sweet tool. I'm not sure I have an alternative, but damn, wasn't looking to spend $300 on a drill and battery with charger. Yikes.