Head gasket replacement


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steve allen
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1994 GL1500 SE
1995 CB1000

Head gasket replacement

Postby steve allen » Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:16 am



I have a washed plug on right bank of engine. Have people tell me they have seen right pipe puffing alittle. Had to add coolant about every 800 miles (cup-cup and 1/2). But, the other day topped off radiator prier to a short ride, 60 miles, and temp gauge got higher than should have with outdoor temps. Checked out and was going to replace thermostat. Drained coolant and only had about quart and a half when drained. So, ordered top end gasket set.....is their any advice before I attempt this repair? Thanks, Steve



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1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
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Re: Head gasket replacement

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:02 pm

I don't know that there are any real tricks - it's a pretty straightforward procedure (thankfully) on these bikes. Make sure the mating surfaces are perfectly clean before re-mating with the new gasket. If it did overheat, you might want to check to make the surfaces haven't warped.

steve allen
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1994 GL1500 SE
1995 CB1000

Re: Head gasket replacement

Postby steve allen » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:11 pm

No, it didn't overheat, just got warmer than normal for the outdoor temp. I do have head in machine shop and having it vatted and milled if needed. Should get it back today. Thanks, Steve

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86pearlblue
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Re: Head gasket replacement

Postby 86pearlblue » Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:03 pm

The only thing I've found is you have to make sure you use the right bolts in the right places as they are not all the same. Other than that, it's a fairly simple job.

steve allen
Posts: 149
Joined: Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:51 am
Location: theodore, al
Motorcycle: 1987 1200 Aspencade
1994 GL1500 SE
1995 CB1000

Re: Head gasket replacement

Postby steve allen » Tue May 13, 2014 6:53 am

Finally got my Wing back together and done a test run yesterday....seems to be good! Boy, I was so concerned that I might have missed something, but no extra left over. I even cleaned and checked work area good to be sure, no extra bolts! I want to thank all the people on this sight, without all of you, I would never be able to ride. Any problems that I have ever had, I've posted it here, got response quickly and very informative. Thanks, Steve




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