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Once again, I've learned something the hard way. Story of my life...
Then I get to the clutch cover.. the bastich!. I removed the clutch cable, then the shifter, and then all the retaining bolts. I tapped it with the mallet to break it loose, and once it did, I tried pulling it free. It didn't want to come. Little did I know that the first thing I should have done was to remove the rubber breather hose from under the carbs where it goes into the backside of the inner primary cover. By muscling it, I broke the fragile aluminum tube that acts as the crankcase breather - *****! The tube is pressed in, so I'm not sure how to get it out. Regardless, from what I've been told I can't buy just the breather tube assembly, so this may end up being a very expensive lesson indeed.
Bottom line - if you ever have a need to remove the clutch cover, the first thing you need to do is to remove the breather tube from where it's attached to the primary under the carbs. It's really an easy job - if you know what you're doing and if you don't Gorilla grip it.
One more lesson learned... the hard way.
Chris in NC
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