i finally attacked the sprocket cover with the dremmel tool.
it is difficult because you can't see exactly where the rod will be until you cut it.
here is a pic (sorry for the poor quality, it's from my new phone) that might help anyone about to do the same.
now that the sprocket cover is back on, anyone got suggestions regarding what i should use to clean up the chain lube (from the factory) that got on the hoses, wires etc that the sprocket cover protects?
Last edited by ripvanwinkle; 04-28-2008 at 08:41 AM.
It's lithium grease that they use to coat the chain in transit. (Ocean shipping = potential rust and so forth) Use WD40 and a rag, it's worked on every new Honda I've bought.
The only way you can avoid getting that lithium all over is to trailer the bike home and remove that stuff off the chain before riding.
some people say wd40 hurts the orings, but i've heard many others like you say it isn't so.
sure beats cleaning with kerosene!
i've been told that the honda cleaner/polish works everywhere.
after riding it 900 miles w/o the sprocket cover, the lithium grease is on and around every hose & cable, etc in front of the sprocket. just didn't have time to mod the cover prior to the full circuit trackday
i imagine that spraying wd40 liberally in that area followed by a thorough garden hose rinsing would not be harmful.
i just did the same thing to mine the other day. it's taking some time getting used to the pattern. i need to clean all that crap too. wd40 has always worked well for me. i used it to clean the gunk off the back wheel a week or so ago and it worked awesome
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