Valve cover gaskets and grommets on the gl1200a


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Valve cover gaskets and grommets on the gl1200a

Postby geraldm » Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:54 pm



Made a 1570 KM. ride just this last weekend from south of Saskatoon to 50 km. to north of THE-PAS Manitoba The gl preformed great , still likes it's fuel but that just seems to be the way it is and I can live with that , it starts great and run nice with lots of go so it can stay the way it is . Only chicken in my hat is I changed valve cover gaskets about 4000 KM. before this last trip and now I see they are both leaking a tad the left maybe a little more , nothing much really it just pisses me because the rest of the bike stays spotless besides road grime but you can see the damp around covers and quite frankly it's killing me . The gaskets I bought were after market but seemed to fit ok maybe a tad tight going on around cam ,, used new grommets at an absolute ridiculous price of 4.00 each. Just wondering is this one of the places that a good OEM gasket set should be used or does someone have a good name to buy these gaskets from . I don't mind paying a little more for good quality if that's what it takes ..



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Re: Valve cover gaskets and grommets on the gl1200a

Postby twocams » Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:20 am

There's nothing worse than a "chicken in your hat". Gaskets are a pain sometimes, you cant over tighten them or they will leak,seep,dribble,or even give you a chicken in your hat. :o If I dont have a torque wrench I use a 1/4 ratchet so I dont get things to tight. I used some stuff called Hylomar HPF Gasket dressing and sealant on my gaskets. When I rebuilt my 1969 BMW engine. Not one leak anywhere. Its just a blue tacky,non hardening made by Permatex. You could try something like that....or. Just buy a whole new set of gaskets and hope for the best. :roll:

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Re: Valve cover gaskets and grommets on the gl1200a

Postby geraldm » Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:59 am

I guess might as well remove covers and see what gaskets look like and go from there . maybe try the hylomar and see how it works .. I was to the understanding that the bolts should be tightened till they bottom on the bolt ridge without torquing :( but what ever it takes .. ) .. thanks twocams . dam chickens .. :lol:

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Re: Valve cover gaskets and grommets on the gl1200a

Postby julimike54 » Sat Jun 18, 2016 12:00 pm

Per factory manual, those bolts are 7 ft.lbs.


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