Crankshaft Seal - getting the new one in!
2001 Honda RC-51 - coming home at night a couple of weeks ago, I heard a sound like I flung a rock or something. I ride for a little while and a few times it felt slick to me. As I found out, there was a good reason for that. Luckily, not too far from home, I came to a stop at a red light and noticed some smoke building around me. Looking around under the bike, I didn't see anything there, nothing on my boots or pants, so I pull off into a Home Depot lot under the street light and notice that I'm leaking fluid out of the rear of my fairings. Not a fast leak, but still enough that it was splashing my rear tire on the edges. Living about a mile from there, I basically nursed the thing home at about 10-15 mph to get it into the garage.
Long story short, the bike had been missing one of the screws that held in the tail under the seat since I bought it. Apparently, it was not missing, just hiding. It broke lose finally (almost 3 years later) and took a ride on the chain. Probably could have been WAY worse, but in the end, it put a nice gauge around the crankshaft seal (but only at the edge, so it should be no problem) and caved in the crankshaft seal. The leak was coming from the cave in.
After hours of work to get the thing out, I'm left with a new part I can't quite seem to get back into position. Does anyone have any tips to getting this thing in from the outside? I'm mentally drained after working on this thing for around 6 hours to get it out last night and I just don't want to smash it. I have lubed it up, but still can't seem to get it to go in.