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    Engine alignment issues

    I put an engine in my 1998 XL1200 a few months ago. I didnt know at the time that I was supposed to align the couplers without the bushing in first so I thought it was aligned. After riding for a few hours the bushing blew all to hell. I bought 2 new couplers and a new bushing. When I dry fit everything yesterday I found that the engine sits about a 1/2 inch lower than it should. I cant see where anything is missing and the original engine only had one shim per mount. The only way I can get this thing to line up is to put a stack of washers on the rear mounts. What am I missing here? This cant be right.


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    is the pump and mid-shaft installed correctly? 1/2 inch is huge something is way wrong here.

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    yeah they are installed correctly. i didnt take them out when i installed the engine. is it ok to shim it up that high with washers?

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    if you are a 1/2 inch out of alignment, I would try to find the cause. Bandaids never last

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    The only thing I can think of is for some reason the block I got from SBT is different where the cradle bolts up. That is the only way it could be raised by a 1/2 inch other than the washers I have shoved in there now.

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    anyone have any ideas?

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    if no one has any ideas Im taking it out today and hope it stays in one peice

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    could the cradle mounts be reversed?

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    It could be possible the motor to hull mounts have gotten soft sagging over time. If they look ok I guess you will just have to shim till everthing is correct.

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    I thought about that but if that were the case the previous engine would not have been in alignment either. I went to the hardware store and got a stack of large washers and just made it work.

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