Main Motorcycle: 1998 Sprint Executive
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Extra Motorcycle: You're kidding right?
I wish I could offer up some helpful advice on what I did to remove the sleeve, but it literally come off with nothing more than finger pressure. I simply grabbed it with my fingers and it came straight off. Based on Mot's experience, it is starting to sound like I might have been the odd man out. I assure you I had absolutely no difficulty removing it and there is no other fastener holding it in.
To Mot's point, I could easily see some rust or general debris getting in there and causing it to be difficult to remove. No fear if its stuck...it should be very easy to remove the seal without removing the sleeve. If it wont budge, simply leave it alone. There are a couple of ways you can work around the problem.
1. Use a small, flat bladed screwdriver (the smaller the better) and use it to "punch" a hole in the face of the existing seal. Gently hammer it into the flat face part of the seal...about halfway between the sleeve and where the seal fits into the bore of the crankcase. Once you punch a hole in the seal, you can use a screwdriver and lever out the seal...better if you use a seal puller like I have pictured in the writeup. The 90 degree bend in the seal puller is what you want to rest on the edge of the crankcase and lever the seal out.
2. Use a short, self tapping screw and screw it into the face of the seal. Once it starts, you dont want to screw it in too deeply for fear of damaging the bearings underneath the seal. About 1/4 inch is as deep as you want to go. Once the screw is in, use a screwdriver and lever against it to pull the seal out.
3. If neither of the above are working and you are simply tearing the seal apart, continue to pull at the seal body using needle nose pliers and you'll likely find that the seal will come out...I've removed many seals this way, thinking I was going to have to cut the seal body out with a dremel tool.
In all of this, be mindful of the sleeve. Its OD is the surface that the seal is riding on. If you deeply gouge it, you'll have to replace it but if you simply scratch it, you can remove the scratch with a fine grade of sandpaper. Use 220 to get out deeper scratches, then move up to say a 400 and finish off with some really fine stuff like 1500. Carefully done and taking your time, you wont have a problem.
Dave - 1998 Sprint Executive
Last edited by N5XL; 07-16-2010 at 12:10 AM.