The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM®
 

Go Back   The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM® > SPORTSTER MOTORCYCLE FORUM > Sportster Motorcycle Era Specific and Model Specific > Ironhead Sportster Motorcycle Talk (1957-1985)
XLF Blogs XLF Arcade XLF Disclaimer/Privacy Statement/Terms Of Use

Notices

Ironhead Sportster Motorcycle Talk (1957-1985) For all those that wanna talk about Ironhead Sportster Motorcycles

Active Threads
0 HSR idle mixture screw
Last Post: Tomcatt
Posted On: 18 Minutes Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 57
0 Automotive Motor Oil In Sportster
Last Post: Steve9
Posted On: 20 Minutes Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 550
0 Gear and brake linkage
Last Post: Andy56
Posted On: 48 Minutes Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 9
0 Hot Rods, Rat Rods, and Customs.
Last Post: Bluto
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 4,733
Views: 912,408
0 What oil temp do you run
Last Post: cal43
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 128
Views: 31,171
0 1974 sportster vin issues! what the heck did I buy?
Last Post: The Doctor71
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 4,950
0 Hottie of the day, no nudity.
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 32,110
Views: 3,730,073
0 Snippets
Last Post: Crusty
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 496
Views: 67,936
0 Roads I'd like to ride.
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 3,654
Views: 414,855
0 oil to front rocker, no oil to rear?
Last Post: Hardtail28
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 40
0 Keep & Kill
Last Post: Crusty
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 24,627
Views: 1,452,088
0 Stroker pistons
Last Post: mrmom9r
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 4,358
0 Official XL Forum Random Image Thread (NO NUDITY!)
Last Post: Graywolf
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 51,996
Views: 8,749,764
0 Front deflection
Last Post: bustert
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 129
0 This is gonna hurt.
Last Post: cal43
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 8,906
Views: 2,073,127
0 Hot Chicks on Hot Bikes
Last Post: cal43
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 12,522
Views: 2,910,335
0 video & pics
Last Post: cal43
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 426
Views: 43,307
0 Off Road Lights
Last Post: rejeanprimeau
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 115
0 The One Who Likes Pineapple
Last Post: Fifty150
Posted On: 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 64
0 78 Ironhead switchgear parts
Last Post: Hopper
Posted On: 13 Hours Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 164
0 Sportster S on the dyno
Last Post: crfblur
Posted On: 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 309
0 KT - 2021 - You're In It Now
Last Post: sportsterpaul
Posted On: 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 12,435
0 First start question
Last Post: Fivecats
Posted On: 16 Hours Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 1,486
0 Hammer 1275 clang noise, slow oil feed, kinked crankcase vent.
Last Post: Turbo Sporty 48
Posted On: 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 1,405
Views: 93,459
0 Should I buy a Sportster??
Last Post: riceburner
Posted On: 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 528
Views: 214,214
0 Not funny... I Crashed it....
Last Post: sportsterpaul
Posted On: 19 Hours Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 2,373
0 Q cams in 73 xlh ??
Last Post: Ferrous Head
Posted On: 19 Hours Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,746
0 what are acceptable oils for primary ?
Last Post: brucstoudt
Posted On: 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 2,300
0 What song do you have stuck in your head?
Last Post: iNSaNeSHaNe
Posted On: 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 2,413
Views: 257,316
0 This week on Craig's list
Last Post: Fivecats
Posted On: 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 5,366
Views: 877,375
More...
Members Birthdays
black pearl (77), SDREDD (60), pig (58), BonRu (56), wandawells42 (52), cbass (48), HawkeyeTX, SxysCowboy (38)
Reply
 
Share Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 25th July 2021
mgentry66 mgentry66 is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Midwest
Posts: 134
Sportster/Buell Model: XLX
Sportster/Buell Year: 1983
Other Motorcycle Model: FLHTP
Other Motorcycle Year: 2009
Reputation: 95094
mgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud of
Default Rocker Cover/Exhaust Valve Spring/ Gasket

I have the front rocker box off to fit the front top motor mounts bolts. three questions.

1- the gasket material is stuck on both surfaces and it is also brittle. Is there a good way to clean this off without contaminating the valve spring and rocker arm area or should I dismantle everything and clean it all while I have it apart? Or, can I spray out either of those areas with brake clean while they are assembled? I would think the flakes of old gasket would not be good for the oil passages.

2-The the photo of the front exhaust valve spring. What is happening there? Should I fix that asap while I have some things apart? The intake valve spring area is clean.

3-I can't remember what my other question was.

for some reason the normal insert image feature is not working for me like it used ro. Sorry for the link.



https://photos.app.goo.gl/H1wfc9jRSFfV1Mve6
__________________
What I lack in experience I make up for in persistence even if just to spite you.

I will succeed

I blame society in the service of love

Last edited by mgentry66; 25th July 2021 at 21:38..
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 26th July 2021
ChinCactus's Avatar
ChinCactus ChinCactus is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Webster, NY
Posts: 4,446
Sportster/Buell Model: XL 883/1200 Hugger
Sportster/Buell Year: 1995
Sportster/Buell Model #2: 11 RK
Reputation: 4203846
ChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Looks like oil leak residue. If it was me, and not smoking/burning oil, I'd leave it. There are gasket removal sprays. Soak it and let it sit a bit. work it out carefully with a razor blade.
__________________
...Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right...~Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia
(In remembrance of Ruby Red "Beebe")
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 26th July 2021
ferretface's Avatar
ferretface ferretface is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: ...On the 'ol Erie Canal...
Posts: 594
Sportster/Buell Model: XLH
Sportster/Buell Year: 1983
Reputation: 165677
ferretface has a brilliant futureferretface has a brilliant futureferretface has a brilliant futureferretface has a brilliant futureferretface has a brilliant futureferretface has a brilliant futureferretface has a brilliant futureferretface has a brilliant futureferretface has a brilliant futureferretface has a brilliant futureferretface has a brilliant future
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mgentry66 View Post
3-I can't remember what my other question was.
This is a common occurrence in those of us over 65. It should come to you in the morning, in my experience.
__________________
All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. -- Samuel Beckett
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 26th July 2021
mgentry66 mgentry66 is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Midwest
Posts: 134
Sportster/Buell Model: XLX
Sportster/Buell Year: 1983
Other Motorcycle Model: FLHTP
Other Motorcycle Year: 2009
Reputation: 95094
mgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud of
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ChinCactus View Post
Looks like oil leak residue. If it was me, and not smoking/burning oil, I'd leave it. There are gasket removal sprays. Soak it and let it sit a bit. work it out carefully with a razor blade.
I ended up putting it back together as is. I figured down the road a bit I'll be stripping, rebuilding the whole bike, down to the frame. Right now it has great comp readings and leakdown tests are great as well. so... fingers crossed for a while. But yea, it's getting some oil in that valve spring area. I wonder if that is the source of the oil I get on the plugs? It doesnt smoke out the pipes that I have noticed but I have not ridden it but a few miles if that since I've owned it.

Took me a minute(hour or more really) to get the confidence to scrape the surfaces with a metal razor. I first tried a wood scraper, then a plastic razor... Once I got the hang of it I was not too bad.

I can see how those surfaces would eventually need re-surfaced. I have never done this before so I have no idea what to expect with how the surface interacts with the gaskets, as far as tolerances go. Live and learn but I did not add any nicks or gouges. I didn't leak before.

Just need to finish up the front top motor mount and put the pushrods back in and I can fire it up, get the rear fender back on. Need to rebuild the fork seals.

cant wait to ride her.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ferretface View Post
This is a common occurrence in those of us over 65. It should come to you in the morning, in my experience.
haha...I must be an old soul. 41 here.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 19:21.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
XL Forum® - Linson Media LLC