1980 GS850G

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Dwarf8, Apr 1, 2004.

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    Dwarf8 Guest

    Sorry all. I just noticed the clock on my home computer is out by a day. :(
    Dwarf8, Apr 1, 2004
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    Mark Olson Guest

    Some of them are very silly money indeed. E.g., it was in the $35
    range for my CB900C, IIRC. That said, if neoprene cam cover gaskets
    are correctly installed, without sealant, they should last a long time.

    In my experience, they get wrecked when someone who doesn't understand
    how they work, uses some sort of sealant (which is not necessary) to
    glue the gasket down, and it gets ripped when taking the cover off.

    Install the gasket without any sealer and it should last through many
    removals of the cam cover. You might even want to oil it slightly to
    make sure it doesn't stick to the cover or the head.
    Mark Olson, Apr 1, 2004
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    Dwarf8 Guest

    Thanks for the input, guys.
    I was really afraid it was going to be a "special order, wait 3 weeks" kind
    of thing.
    I found one in town for $27 so I'm going with that.

    Yup, always grease your gaskets before installing them and they never stick
    Dwarf8, Apr 1, 2004
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    Ian Dalton Guest

    I am getting a mist of oil from the top of the engine.
    It is collecting on the top cooling fins of the cylinders so I am assuming
    it's the rocker cover gaskets that are gone.
    Has anyone used liquid gasket to fix these or do I need to use the real
    Ian Dalton, Apr 2, 2004
  5. heh, at first I thought you were talking about www.realgaskets.com I've got
    one of those for my 1100 but won't be running that bike until November when
    I head south for 4 months or whenever it's warm enough to ride back. :)
    I've reused my 400s gasket over and over again, over a dozen times but
    didn't want to risk breaking my 1100s gasket in Panama or Nicaragua so I
    opted to go silicone for it. On my 400 the stock gasket didn't start
    leaking until I seperated it from the valve cover and lost track of its
    origional orientation.

    ps. Thanks for offering me to use your workshop. I'll be hacking up a 4x8
    sheet of aluminum so the radial arm saw won't be big enough.

    Cheers, Steve
    Stephen Rivett, Apr 2, 2004
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    Dwarf8 Guest

    Thanks for the "bike specific" answers, Dan.
    I checked the tach drive and it's dry.
    I had to order the breather gasket but I did that when I picked up the cover
    I intend to apply a light coat of grease to the gasket so I can reuse it.
    Dwarf8, Apr 2, 2004
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