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Woodruff Key

Post by johnbirchjar » Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:02 pm

Hi guys,I spent over two hours this afternoon trying to get the Primary Chain Sprocket back on,(that b****y Woodruff Key is an absolute pain in the a**s,)anyone got any tips on how to keep the p**y thing in place while getting the Sprocket fitted on the Shaft?(it doesn't help having to fit the Sprocket and the Clutch assembly together)a very frustrated J.B.

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Re: Woodruff Key

Post by Joe » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:24 pm

Hello JB,
I’ve done this job a few times now and the key has always been a tight fit in it’s groove so never presented a problem. Are you saying it’s loose, if so I would suggest there is a problem? Turn the eccentric shaft so the key way is at the top this should help to keep it in place.
Good luck, Joe.

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Re: Woodruff Key

Post by Richard Negus » Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:28 pm

John,
If the key is loose, smack the radiused edge with a hammer (gently) to deform it so that it's tight in the groove.
Keyway anywhere between 9 and 12 o'clock makes it easier to watch on assembly.
Patience is a virtue!
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Re: Woodruff Key

Post by johnbirchjar » Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:52 pm

Thanks guys,I have a bit of a busy week ahead,culminating this weekend in my last rally for this year up in the wilds of Matlock,(Nth Derbyshire)so I will experiment with your suggestions next week.
On a different note,the new Gear Box Oil Seal(Primary Chain side) that I purchased from A/N is a tad different from the old one,insomuch as the wire coil that runs around inside of said oil seal is visible on the new one but not on the old,so what way round does the oil seal fit?wire coil facing into the G/Box? or out.rgds,J.B.

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Re: Woodruff Key

Post by Richard Negus » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:40 am

John,
The spring always faces the more oily side, in this case towards the mainshaft bearing.
Your original seal would have had a spring, perhaps it became dislodged and lost when removing the seal from the gearbox plate.
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Post by johnbirchjar » Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:58 pm

Thanks for clearing that up for me Richard.
The oil seal that I removed was "sealed" on both faces,(so perhaps it didn't matter what way it went in?)rgds,J.B.

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Re: Woodruff Key

Post by Richard Negus » Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:00 am

There are two popular types of oil seal, known as R21 and R23.
R21 is the standard type of seal, single sealing lip with a garter spring on the inner oily side.
R23 is an option that has the sealing lip as above and also has a second wiper lip on the other dry, or outer, side.
The purpose of the second lip is to protect the working lip from dust, etc., that might cause wear or damage to the sealing lip.
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Re: Woodruff Key

Post by johnbirchjar » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:36 pm

Having had a closer look I can now confirm that the old seal is the R21 type,(now minus the garter spring wink)J.B.

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