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Hi all from Wigan UK.



I really enjoy riding my goldwing but am an absolute technical novice so I am asking for advice on removing the rocker valve covers for the purpose of cleaning them. I have read lots on this site about how to go about it but I still have a question - do I need to drain any engine oil first or can I just set to and remove the covers?



Thanks in advance for all your replies.



By the way it is a 1985 GL1200 Aspencade
 

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It's not very fun. I don't drain any oil before I pull mine, but you will lose a little, so be prepared to catch it and check/refill oil level when done. To pull them you'll need to pull the lower fairings and engine guards, which I have not been able to do without dropping the exhaust a little. Once all that is out of the way just pull the 4 allen bolts and pop it off. I also recomend doing the gaskets for the base of the covers and the bolts while you're at it, they usually don't like to seal twice.
 

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Thanks for the prompt reply and the advice. That has put my mind at rest. Now have to wait for a dry day to do it as I don't have a garage and the covered shelter at the side of the house where she is parked up has limited access for working on the bike.
thanks again
 

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Ya, you will lose a slight amount. Just put a rag down first.

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Be very very careful when putting the bolts back in. Although the bolt has a large head, the shaft of it is very thin as you will see. If you overtighten, you WILL snap them off. I did that on 2 of them on my 86 Aspencade years ago.
 

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Be very very careful when putting the bolts back in.
Good catch, I forgot to mention that, you might want to look it up but I think it's like 9 lbs/ft is all they take.
 
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