Goldwing 1100 Head gasket


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Goldwing 1100 Head gasket

Postby mxyzptlk8833 » Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:30 am



Would like to hear comments in regards to tightening cylinder head bolts. Should they be re-torqued after warming the engine the first time? Or is re-torquing necessary? Do I need to buy new cylinder head bolts, like my '88 Ford 2.9L engine? (Haven't done THAT job yet). Should I wait for the engine to cool before re-torquing? Should I wait for the engine to warm and cool several times?.....Just want to get it right.



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Re: Goldwing 1100 Head gasket

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:11 pm

mxyzptlk8833 wrote:Would like to hear comments in regards to tightening cylinder head bolts. Should they be re-torqued after warming the engine the first time? Or is re-torquing necessary? Do I need to buy new cylinder head bolts, like my '88 Ford 2.9L engine? (Haven't done THAT job yet). Should I wait for the engine to cool before re-torquing? Should I wait for the engine to warm and cool several times?.....Just want to get it right.


You should not need to replace the cylinder head bolts. Best practice is:

- Apply molybdenum disulfide type grease to the threads and undersides of the bolt heads - this is required to ensure the correct clamping force is achieved, and that bolts aren't being undertorqued due to friction

- Torque in sequence:

Torquing pattern
Torquing pattern


Torque first to 20 ft-lb, then repeat the sequence to 30 ft lb, and last again at 40 ft-lb. Then torque the small bolt to 8 ft-lb.

- Go through one heat cycle - not under pressure (leave the radiator cap off). You can use distilled water for this to prevent leaks. Wait until the engine has cooled stone cold (i.e. overnight), crack each bolt loose in sequence, then repeat the entire gradual torquing sequence.

- Use OEM Honda head gaskets!

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Re: Goldwing 1100 Head gasket

Postby mxyzptlk8833 » Sat Oct 10, 2015 1:32 pm

Thank you for your reply. Very informative. Some of the things you mention in your post (for example, warming it up with no radiator cap) I've never done in the past. I will this time, though.

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Re: Goldwing 1100 Head gasket

Postby Old Fogey » Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:42 pm

I have to question this. There is no mention of re-torquing the head bolts in any Honda manual that I have.
I never do it. I never use Honda head gaskets either. I never have any problems.
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Re: Goldwing 1100 Head gasket

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:29 pm

I set my bolts at the specific torque and I just left them alone...No problem yet... Few thousand miles ago....I sure enjoy this bike....




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