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What's the preferred method, aside from pulling plugs to lessen compression? I'm concerned that using the back wheel might wear the u-joint from 'bumping' the wheel forward to turn the engine.
 

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I am not sure what you are asking... but if I am changing timing belts, I use the bolt behind the alternator
 

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What's the preferred method, aside from pulling plugs to lessen compression? I'm concerned that using the back wheel might wear the u-joint from 'bumping' the wheel forward to turn the engine.
Either way will work fine. That U-joint has taken a lot of abuse and can stand it. Ever make a bad shift? The U-joint took it. It ain't delicate like me!
 

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Yes, for timing belts and for static timing. The wheel method is kind of awkward for watching the flywheel, also dangerous with bike on sidestand -- almost dislodged it a couple of times! Seems that alternator bolt needs a 17mm box wrench? I haven't been able to get it off.
 

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What's the preferred method, aside from pulling plugs to lessen compression? I'm concerned that using the back wheel might wear the u-joint from 'bumping' the wheel forward to turn the engine.
Mag, either way will work.. Using the rear wheel with the plugs removed is much easier on the drivetrain than a decel down shift. You will be surprised how easy it is to turn that engine using the rear wheel with the trans in high gear.

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thanks dudes
 

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take the plugs out.
 

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Plugs out and back wheel is really easy, you don't have to bump it with the plugs removed because there is no compression to fight against. Just a nice easy turning motion will do fine.
 
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