i'm replacing head gaskets on my 75 gl1000...


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i'm replacing head gaskets on my 75 gl1000...

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...and I'm wondering if the head bolts are the stretch type or can I reuse the old bolts?


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Re: i'm replacing head gaskets on my 75 gl1000...

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Reuse the old ones. I've replaced several sets on different bikes. Never a problem.
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Me too. Re-use the old ones.
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The head bolts ARE of the stretch type - you can safely reuse them...depending on how many times they have been used (i.e. uninstalled and reinstalled) already. At some point, they will stretch no more, and instead will snap.
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And clean out the thread hole.I had a bit of gunk in the last head bolt and stripped the threads out when it bottomed out.Be sure there clean all the way in to the bottom of the bore hole.
This only delayed the final assembly by 3 days and $50 for a repair kit.
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Thanx for the feedback.
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fifty1sixty6 wrote:Thanx for the feedback.
And DON'T go cheap on the gaskets.
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Didn't go the cheap way and bought everything OEM Honda parts...a little pricier, but heard its worth the time and money...
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fifty1sixty6 wrote:Didn't go the cheap way and bought everything OEM Honda parts...a little pricier, but heard its worth the time and money...
Yes, because you won't have to pull it apart and do the job again with the proper gaskets after the cheap gaskets start to leak. :)


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