Ok, I have a few threads on here from questions on crank bearing play, to using a new 07 crank in an 02. Got that all figured out, and parts are on the way. I have a few questions and I would appreciate any help I can get with them. Whats the best way to completely clean the case halves, after all bearings removed? Tub of kerosene be ok? Whats the best method on cleaning the gasket surfaces on the halves? You can see where the last gasket had printing on it, and it left a film on the halves. Dont want to use anything that will scratch the surfaces ( If they arent already from the last owner, but they seems good as of now ) After cleaning the halves with whatever you suggest, should a quick shot of break cleaner be sprayed as a final touch? The bolts that hold the retainers for the bearings in each half ( One side is 8mm head, and the other uses phillips heads ), Should I need heat to remove them? I assume there is threadlocker on them as the manual calls to use it when installing new bearings. Hate to pull the threads. Another question on the threadlocker during reassembly, It says medium honda brand which is orange. If I recall, the permatex brand medium is blue, is that ok? I heard stories of the permatex brand red pulling threads in aluminum for people when they ever need to tear it down. Lastly ( I hope ), I had the bearings for the shift drum pulled out. The real thin one with all the needle bearings.....I didnt notice before pulling it, but one side of that bearing has more of a "lip" on it. I didnt take note before pulling it, and I am not certain which way I should install the new one. I been looking at pics, manuals, etc....Nothing can been seen well enough to tell me. Sorry fella's for all the questions, and being a nag. Really. Just want to do this right the first time, so I can be worry free for a long time. Any help is greatly appreciated.