Depends on the bike. I just pulled my 05 apart last weekend, had to take the head off first. But I also have a 5 mm longer rod and a 5 mm spacer under the cylinder, so MAYBE it would have made it without that. You'll just have to try and see.
Whether you pull the head before the cylinder or after removing the cylinder, it still is going to have to come off.
true, thanks guys. I just broke in the bike, and now I want to tear down for a quick inspection as cheaply and easily as possible. they say your not supposed to re-use the o rings. I only put just over an hour on the bike :'(
oh well, ounce of cure right?