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I have a couple of questions. I have a 2000 F6C Interstate and have started a timing belt replacement. There are two covers over the radiator (0ne either side) that also cover part of the timing covers. I assume there is a bolt hidden by the cover, which would require removing the those covers. If so, there is a bolt on the underside of the cover that might be an issue. Not sure if there is a 5 mil hex wrench with a short enough return to get in that space. If that is true it looks like the only option is to remove the valve covers. Any input would be appreciated!

Second question/problem. I drove the bike to heat up the motor before attempting to remove the timing cover bolts. All came free save one. It is acting like it will break. Any ideas on solving that problem.

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Mike
 

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Valkyrie maintenance by Carl Kulow see attached. I also have the full shop manual in PDF if you want or need a copy, it is free. If you provide an email I will send you a link for download.

"Timing (Cam) Belts Note: Honda only calls for an inspection at 100K miles. Most automotive timing belts are replaced at 60K miles. I would suggest that you check the tension at each 12K service and change the belts at ~50K miles if you mostly ride hard or replace the belts at ~75K miles if you mostly do highway riding. 1. Remove the timing belt cover Warning: Use caution when removing the top left bolt near the round crank pulley cover. It has sealant on it and may break off. 2. Inspect the belts for cracks, worn teeth, contamination, etc. 3. Check the belt tension – it should deflect ~0.2 – 0.3 inches (5 - 7mm) in the center of the long straight side of the belt (the side opposite the tensioner) 4. See shop manual for tensioner adjustment and belt replacement"
 

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