e50 engine removal problem

Hey guys, I am trying to drop down my e50 from a maxi, problem is I can't remove one of the bolts holding the engine on because it hits the case next to the clutch cover. Any tips?

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vice grip that side and socket the other?

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Careful with vice grips, they are strong enough to squeeze the nut out of round and make it harder to remove, let alone rounding of corners with those sharp teeth. I'll catch hell for this but, Vice grips should be a tool of last resort.

I haven't worked on Puchs, but I find it hard to believe that with box and open end wrenches, and a ratchet set with extensions you couldn't drop the engine.

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I've had this problem. Take out the other two bolts, then gently twist the bolt until the head lines up with the case in such a way that it will pass. It doesn't seem like it will, but it has to come out of there, it went in that way!

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Haha ok I trust. I just didn't know if If there was some trick or something.

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The seceret trick is known as a 13mm box end wrench.

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i always use 2 ratchets most succesfully, but i got away with other stuff all the time too.

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yea, 13mm angled box wrench + extensioned 13mm socket wrench ftw, yo.

angled box.

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BTW you were right, I did just have to adjust the bolt ever-so that it would fit past the case.

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My secret trick turned out to be wrench off the nut on one side, then pliers combined with the twist/pull method on the bolt. The secret trick I will use next time is steel toe boots. I didn't catch it in time.

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Don't chew up your bolts/nuts with a VGrip, they might rust if the coating is abraded, then you have ghetto. Put a box end or a little crescent on there and socket the other side, make sure your crescent is tight or the box end fits, or you'll round your bolt/nut and it may rust as before. Tap with wood dowel, or brass punch to advance the bolt as you loosen, so there's space. Watch your frame paint around tools.

No VGrip has ever touched my bike, They are a great tool, but they are for taking old rusted out bolts out of fence posts and winding out headless wood screws and stuff. Things you don't mind defacing/destroying in the process of removal. They are an effective demolition tool, and great for holding things in place and stuff, but where fine/aesthetic machinery is concerned, you are "getting medieval" if you use them. Put 'em away; right tool for the right job ;-)

I found a super clever hybrid crescent/vgrip thingy which works great, and can hold a nut like a catcher's cup guard. I think "Home Cheapo" would have one.

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Thanks all, but I think only Responsible Jon really understood what I was saying. I was well aware that sockets and wrenches are good tools to remove bolts. I have no clue where vice grips came into play.

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Remember to put it back together with the bolt coming in from the other side!

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By the way, this is more a repair forum question, unless you are planning to replace your stock bolts with some high performance grade 8 bolts.

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ha!

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I Think most stock bolts are 8's. The trim bolts are less.

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Yeah, I dunno if this is a problem anyone else has but i frequently get problems where it wont let me start new threads in certain forums. Close enough.

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whenever i go to buy a bike the first thing i check are the bolts. if i see vise grip marks i immediately drop 100$ from their asking price or some times just walk away lol.

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