non seating head gasket


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danhamner
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non seating head gasket

Postby danhamner » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:28 am



i have tried numerous times to install new headgasket on gl 1200. it will not seal properly.
i have checked head and block with straight edge and feeler guage, no problems.
i have tried another head(that has been checked for flatness), still wont seal (water pours out when i fill radiator).
i have properly torqued head bolts each time.
any ideas?



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SteveB123
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Re: non seating head gasket

Postby SteveB123 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:41 am

I'm thinking buggered locating dowels, not allowing the head to properly hit the block.
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Re: non seating head gasket

Postby Dogsled » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:17 pm

What was the reason for having the head off in the first place?
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Re: non seating head gasket

Postby bustedwing » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:22 pm

Did you replace the head bolts? Also even a straight edge is hard to see a few thousanths on the head and a few thousandths on the block which can add up.With all the trouble you are having take the headto a ggood machine shop have it magnafluxed which will find cracks, if ok have it resurfaces and try again.
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Re: non seating head gasket

Postby bustedwing » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:27 pm

Did you replace the head bolts? Also even a straight edge is hard to see a few thousanths on the head and a few thousandths on the block which can add up.With all the trouble you are having take the headto a good machine shop have it magnafluxed which will find cracks if ok have it reserfaced and try again
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Re: non seating head gasket

Postby fr1tz » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:09 pm

Hey Yall ! Try checking the head bolt length perhaps the bolts are bottoming out - fr1tz
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Re: non seating head gasket

Postby dingdong » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:51 am

Depending on where you purchased your new gaskets, they could be defective Chinese parts or even generic gaskets not specifically made for your bike. There are sellers that sell them. Also make sure you clean out the bolt holes. Too much lube in the bottom can keep the bolts from tightening properly.
Just out of curiosity, are you re-using the same gaskets each time?
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Re: non seating head gasket

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:17 pm

you didnt buy them from Sabercycle did you? 8-)
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Re: non seating head gasket

Postby Missourimike » Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:46 pm

Are you changing headgaskets because one went bad while you owned it, or is this on a motor/bike you just aquired? I bought a Wing once that appeared fine, but later found a hole from it having been frozen at one time.
And me too would ask...is this new gasket from Sabrepyscho/cycle? Go OEM next time. And are you using a head gasket sealer like Honda recommends?




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