Head Gasket Torque Settings

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Larry, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. Larry

    Larry Guest

    I replaced a leaking head gasket on my 85 VT1100 Shadow and the manual calls
    for torque of 38-42 lbs.

    As the engine has over 80,000 kms, should I torque to the max of 42 lbs or
    go less?
    Larry, Jul 19, 2006
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  2. If it were me, I'd try for the middle of that range. I'd guess that's
    they have in mind when they specify it.
    Rob Kleinschmidt, Jul 19, 2006
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  3. Larry

    FB Guest

    I would try to torque the bolts to 40 foot pounds, hitting the middle
    of the range.

    I had a blown head gasket on my truck about three years ago, and I
    thought it might help to retorque the head, but it didn't, it was blown
    between cylinders. It's really scary to put that three foot long
    clicker torque wrench and torque to the factory specification plus
    another half a turn as the manual specifies.
    FB, Jul 19, 2006
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