How to remove cylinder head

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How to remove cylinder head

Post by ewalker1 » Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:17 pm

Hope someone can help. I removed the intake, exhaust, coolant housing, cam assembly, and the 7 head bolts. I can't get the head to separate from the block. I don't want to force things too much. Does anyone have a tip or technique for removing the head.

My bike is a 1983 GL1100 Interstate.

Thanks in advance

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Re: How to remove cylinder head

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:32 pm

If you can get it to "break away", even just a slight bit, you're 90% there. Rather than prying, I try to find a piece of metal on the head that will hold a screwdriver or drift, and then give it (the screwdriver) a rap with a 4-5 lb sledge - just enough to transmit the shock into the head, in hopes of breaking it free. It usually doesn't take more than 2-3 raps before it breaks free. It's usually still glued on with the gasket and dowels, and I use plastic door wedges (used to hold doors open). I'll put them in between the head and block, and gently tap them in with a hammer. They're soft plastic and won't mar the aluminum, but gently force the head away until it's free enough to pull off by hand.

Good luck with it!

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