Here it is! I successfully completed the procedure, which has totally transformed my bike, and I came back to tell the tale!
Bottom line is: It’s totally worth it, it truly transforms the engine’s performance, and it CAN be done by the uninitiated.
Here is the original link of the thread by Mr. Schmidt himself, who has provided a PDF outlining the math behind the procedure, and brief instructions: http://www.sv-portal.com/forums/5-tw...gear-sets.html
He will also provide you (upon request) with a spreadsheet that’ll do all the calculations for you.
This procedure has been an emotional rollercoaster for me, I did stupid things, had the wrong tools, but with perseverance and creative thinking I managed to overcome all difficulties and get it done!!
Several notes to begin with:
- Take a week off from work, especially if you’ve never done this before
- Visually Inspect all bolts you’ll need to undo. If any of them have rounded edges or deformities of any kind, then a) buy new bolts, and b) get ready for the pain in the ass that is to unscrew damaged bolts
- Get torque wrenches. Seriously. GET TORQUE WRENCHES. Good quality, certified ones. You’ll need to measure torques from 6 N/m to 140 N/m
So let’s get started! Mr. Schmidt says the procedure can be accomplished with the tank raised and the radiator on, but he is a seasoned engineer and I’m a newbie, and to me this is just unfathomable.
So, first job would be to lose the tank and radiator, both procedures are covered in the manual.
: wrap every connector and hose you unplug with paper tape and label it. You’ll be glad you did when you put the bike back together
So, here we are: tank removed, radiator removed.