87 GL1200 Interstate


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jamie f
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87 GL1200 Interstate

Postby jamie f » Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:11 pm



Hey everyone.I'm about to buy an 87 GL1200 Interstate from the original owner with 126 k on it that has a bad head gasket.I work on cars for a living so engine repair is no stranger to me.My question is this...What are your opinions on the brand of head gaskets to use?I've read on here to ONLY use genuine Honda head gaskets.Doing price comparison,was wondering if anyone had found a good quality aftermarket head gasket,or am I asking for repeat failure by even considering using aftermarket ones.Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.Thanks, Jamie



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Re: 87 GL1200 Interstate

Postby alwims » Sat Aug 08, 2015 10:48 pm

I used aftermarket head gaskets on my '87 1200. As you probably know, the secret to head gaskets is to install to torque specs, run until warmed up then re-torque to specs. I've done this on bikes, boats and car/trucks and never had any problems. Even cheap gaskets will seal this way. I've even ran a motor for about a week and re-torqued before. Usually a waste of time, but I have done it. One nice thing about the 1200 is the use of rubber valve cover gaskets don't seem to leak as easily as cork or paper when taking them off and on a lot.

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jamie f
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Re: 87 GL1200 Interstate

Postby jamie f » Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:34 pm

I was looking at the Athena gasket upper end kits,They seem to be pretty good quality for the price.I have done the retorque method also on my gs 1100 and 850 cycles.Seemed to work well.Also much easier to get back at the head bolts on a wing.They dont have 16 plus valve cover bolts to remove.

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Re: 87 GL1200 Interstate

Postby Right Winger » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:54 pm

Well my self i'd prefere the genuine Honda gaskits . The difference in the price in those and the aftermarket is cheap insurance. And a piece of mind too boot :?




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