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To change a timing chain in a 1987 suzuki savage do i have to take engine out the frame.thank you

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SOURCE: Overheating

Well you need to verify the stuff already mentioned. Sparkplug, and coil etc.
The problem is likely the the coil and just needs to be replaced.
If the plug show signs of lean mix, it could have been that way for a long time (big headache).
If you just got the bike you need to kown something about troubleshooting to isolate the issue.
Makesure the oil is up. - too low could lead to a scrapped engine.
Makesure the oilpump is working.- no pump means no oil moving will lead to a scrapped engine.
Makesure you have the correct oil by doing an oil change. - bad, wrong, really old oil could mess the filter(clogged). Check filter for grit, metal, cream - if I have to explain why... then you need to give up trying to fix it yourself and pay/pay/pay for someone who has the skills to fix it for you.

If you must do it yourself, buy the Clymer manual and read.
Search the net and learn.
Get a friend to help show you how to troubleshoot the issue and fix it.

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Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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SOURCE: setting the cam on a 86' suzuki savage. Before replacing chain

Thinking back 23 years sorta hurts my head. But if I recall correctly, one side of the gear has two short horizontal lines on it. These lines need to be parallel to the head gasket surface. Be sure the cam lobes are pointing down. If not two lines, there should be a single mark, usually a "O". This mark lines up with the center of the cam and the center of the crankshaft.

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Posted on Jun 18, 2009

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SOURCE: 1996 Suzuki Savage 650 backfires on cutoff

I had the same prob with my 97, It was not the head gasket but the O-ring on top of the head. Replaced the O-ring and has been running good for a year now with no backfire. Hope this helps.

Posted on Aug 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Suzuki savage oil filter location

on the right site engine cover ,got three bolts on front site of the cover under this cap is it oil filter

Posted on Sep 02, 2009

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SOURCE: 1982 Suzuki GS650G timing chain install

Don't ever break & relink a timing chain on a vehicle like yours.

You don't have to remove the crank just to replace the timing chain. says

like jeshern85 says, just remove whatever parts are blocking access. I usually wrap the chain around the crank sprocket then pull the chain up through the cylinder with a coat hanger.

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Manufacturer (Make) Suzuki Model Name LS 650 Savage Year 1986 Category(class) Cruiser / Chopper / Custom Engine Engine Capacity (Displacement) 652 ccm (39.79 cubic inches) Engine Type 1 cylinder Bore x Stroke ?94.0 mm x 94.0 mm (?3.7 inches x 3.7 inches) Bore/Stroke Ratio 1 Stroke 4 Valves per Cylinder 4 Timing System OHC Cooling System Air Powertrain Gearbox 4 speed Chassis/Suspension/Brakes Front Brakes Single disc Rear Brakes Drum Front Tire 100/90-19 Rear Tire 140/80-15 Dimensions Curb Weight 171 kg (377 lb) Fuel Capacity 11 litres (2.91 gallons) Performance Max Power 27.00 HP (19.7 kW) at 5200 RPM Power/Weight Ratio 0.16 Hp/Kg Top Speed 127 km/h (79mph) Acceleration (dart, speedup) time
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