gl1200 heads

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gl1200 heads

Postby 5str48 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:00 am

Recently replaced the head gaskets on my GL1200 due to oil leaking into coolant. Solved that problem beautifully, but, now I have a vibration and slapping/rattle when the engine is warm at around 3000 rpm. My question is - are the heads interchangerable left side/ right side? I'm not sure I put them back the way theycame off. Also, how important is proper shimming of the tappets? What, if any, problems could I expect if shims are incorrect? Thanks.

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Re: gl1200 heads

Postby Asp » Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:15 pm

They will only fit back on the same way they came off. Vibes are most probably carb sync.

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