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My new heads came today, very nice ready to go. At first I thought one was a 1000 head because the oil hole was only 3/16 of an inch. Then I looked closer and found the gasket was still on. Pulled it of oil holes 5/16 all good. The gasket came right off so I figure there was no adhesive used. I can’t recall if I used adhesive when I put my heads on 5 years ago. I know that the practice is never use adhesive for jugs to cases and I know I used Indian head on the rocker cover. I guess I will know tomorrow when I take the old ones off. My question is does anyone not use adhesive?
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Are we talking head gasket or rocker gasket here? I did no rocker gaskets last time they were off and used 3bond instead and that has worked out great. Nothing on head gaskets, but I did/would anneal them. On the base gaskets I used anti-seize so that they will remove easily and I can reuse them.
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Note that you must be able to rotate the cylinders a small amount to get better alignment when installing the intake manifold. So no sticky on at least one side of the cylinder base gaskets.
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Are we talking head gasket or rocker gasket here? I did no rocker gaskets last time they were off and used 3bond instead and that has worked out great. Nothing on head gaskets, but I did/would anneal them. On the base gaskets I used anti-seize so that will remove easily and I can reuse them.
My question is for the head gasket. I am almost 99 percent sure I didn’t use any adhesive on the gasket. The two manuals I have say to add adhesive. The heads did not leak and I don’t want to make it start.
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Note that you must be able to rotate the cylinders a small amount to get better alignment when installing the intake manifold. So no sticky on at least one side of the cylinder base gaskets.
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My question is for the head gasket. I am almost 99 percent sure I didn’t use any adhesive on the gasket. The two manuals I have say to add adhesive. The heads did not leak and I don’t want to make it start.
Yes, I would ignore that bit of instruction on using any adhesives from the manuals you have. For the plain copper head gaskets, just use a torch and heat them up nice and red then quench them before you install them on the cylinders. And like mick said leave the head bolts and base nuts loose at first to properly align the intake manifold to the heads.
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my experience has proved to me that with copper head gaskets the copper spray sealer is beneficial.i never used it when my heads,cylinders were black,never noticed a problem.when I got my 900 XLR heads back from mrmom9r he recommended the copper spray sealer coppercote.leaks are much more noticeable on the silver paint.with the black paint they can be hidden which is why I didn't see a problem.i ALWAYS use new head gaskets.they're quite inexpensive.
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The biggest irony about checking the heads for the 5/8 holes as opposed to the 3/8 holes is that even though the are 5/8 holes in the heads, the 900 jugs which are stamped 57, the oil hole diameter is 3/8
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900 has 5/16'' drains.1000 has 3/16'' drains.
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900 has 5/16'' drains.1000 has 3/16'' drains.
Yea, slight mistake like military time I could never get that right either. Thank you for pointing that out though I will now sleep so much better tonight.
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