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How much of the motor has to come off to replace a cam chain?

Very simple. How much of the motor has to come off to replace a cam chain?


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I could be wrong, but I believe you need to take the head, cylinder off then split the case.


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I could be wrong, but I believe you need to take the head, cylinder off then split the case.
Shouldn't be near that involved. Just by looking at the manual and my own torn down quad, I would say just the cylinder head cover and the clutch side (right) engine cover. Cylinder head cover should get you to the cam to get the top of the cam chain, the removing the right side cover should get you to the lower part of the cam chain. Should then just be a matter or pulling the old chain out of the motor and snaking the new one in. Of course, that is the simplified version, would need to do a bunch of little stuff, drain oil, remove cam chain tensioner, etc. Of course, haven't done it myself yet, so maybe it is harder then I am thinking.

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I am 99% sure you have to split the cases.

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Was out in the garage a little bit ago and happened to take a peak at my 700XX. (Currently everything from the cylinder up is off of it.) Cam chain does not even go into the center cases, it is out side of them, so no reason to split the cases. Just need to remove the right side engine cover and you will have full access to the lower portion of the cam chain. Only problem is, after looking at it, I don't think you can get that right side cover off with the motor in the frame, it is pretty close to the frame rail itself, at a minimum have to pull all the motor mount bolts and anything else holding the motor in place (intake, rad hoses, etc.) so you can shift the entire motor some to get room to pull that cover. Not really difficult to do, but would for sure take some time.

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Doug...You are correct. Just the right side has to come off. I stopped by my shop at lunch and looked at it again(head & cylinder is off). Sorry for the confusion

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If I don't have to split the case, I think I can do this. There's a motor on ebay for $1500, I wonder if i'd be better off swapping it in and just building my current one up


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I literally just walked out to the garage to see the right side only to find no quad in my garage. Guess I forgot it's at the dealer right now. Doh!


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I literally just walked out to the garage to see the right side only to find no quad in my garage. Guess I forgot it's at the dealer right now. Doh!
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I never have had to replace mine. Both are still tight and look good!

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