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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Camel ADV, Sep 26, 2010.
I reused the gasket with some fresh black RTV where the original sealant was, no problems.
Yeah, you just want to get off what you can without damaging the gasket. It's not as hard as you may think.
I have had good success with a old piece of windscreen. It's sharp and will clean off the excess without damaging the mating surfaces.
Thanks for all of the reply's!
I did end up with both gaskets and 4 bolts in the kit when I did it last time, and they are the post leak version.
I've used the fake credit cards that come in the mail to scrape the sealant off...good to know that there are some that have had success in reusing the gasket and bolts.
Credit cards is a really good idea as well.
Yes. If all else fails you could use it to buy a new set of parts - LOL !
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My tech convinced me to spend the $125 for the gasket set. Motorrad Shop in Aurora, Ontario.
Dido. Not worth the time to take it all apart again if it leaks.
Working at the Dealer, checking hundreds of bikes, we didn't replace the gaskets on valve covers that were on top like the F bikes (unless it was the old design of course). The Flying Bricks with the side mounted covers, always.
Good to know!
haven't replaced my side gaskets in 7x valve checking. I'm cheap and I check 'em 4x a year. at 20 bucks that gasket that oil change + valve clearance would get expensive . anyhow still not leaking to this day (knock wood)
You have a Pregnant Elephant, not a Flying Brick.
The Airheads and Oilheads and Hexheads don't get changed till they're old and brittle.
JVB will tellya.
So what's your secret to ensure the gasket and surfaces are free of oil? Alchohol?
Permatex Ultra Black is my secret weapon. Have done three times now and never leaked.
clean them with chain cleaner, rub it dry and call it a day. no issues on my boxer so far.
Yes, alcohol works for me.
I knew I should have been more specific when I saw you lingering.
Just as a data point, I just checked my valves again at 50K miles on a 2009 F800GS, and am pleased to report no change since I checked at 35K. Over the life of the bike, all the intakes have remained at .20mm. The exhaust valves on the #1 cylinder have stayed at .30mm, but the exhaust valves on the #2 cylinder had loosened to .35mm between 24K and 35K miles. That was why I got in there to check them again at 50K, I wanted to make sure they hadn't moved any further, and they haven't.
I changed the valve cover gasket the first time I went in there, but it leaked just as badly after as it had done since new so the next two times I didn't bother. Over-all this is about the only complaint I have about the engine; for a modern machine it weeps A LOT of oil both at the valve cover gasket and around the back of the left side cover. Cleaning the RTV off the old valve cover gasket is not hard, but doing a good job cleaning the sealing surface on the head is a really tedious process what with poor access and making sure you don't drop any little bits of RTV down the cam chain tunnel.
A little video of my valve adjustment experience. Not really a complete how to but some insight may be there.
Is this sealant ok?
Or would this be better?