You can do it either way. If everything if off of the rear of the bike, like the suspension, you have a pretty clear shot. If the bike is assembled, other than the engine, put the pipe on and work with it.
I found that setting the frame on the engine was the easiest way, if you do it alone it is tricky but you can do it, I built a wooden stand to hold the engine, put the frame and swinger on, then the front and we were on stands, easy as pie.
i put the motor on a rolling jack then hoisted the frame up with cable hoist rolled motor into place and then lowered bike down onto the motor did it all alone was fairly easy with a little wrestling to get it lined up slip in main bolt then jack up or down to line up rest of bolts...you can do it!....i would put the head pipe in first...
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